It is being reported by TMZ.com that the San Diego Chargers plan to retire the late great Junior Seau’s number 55 jersey at the team’s home opener against the Tennessee Titans on September 16th at Qualcomm Stadium. TMZ’s report read:
A rep for the Chargers tells us … Junior’s mother, father, ex-wife, 4 children and other family members will be the guests of honor during a pre-game ceremony dedicated to Seau … the greatest Chargers linebacker of all-time.
We’re told the team will officially retire Junior’s #55 jersey during the ceremony … and the family will be presented with a special “surprise gift” from the organization.
The team will also debut the special #55 helmet sticker, which each Chargers player will wear during the game.
Seau tragically took his own life on May 2nd when he shot himself in the chest in his San Diego home.
Seau was previously honored this past week by his college alma mater the USC Trojans when USC launched TojanPride55.com. The site will feature a “wall” where anyone can post their own tributes.
“It’s an opportunity to recognize a Trojan who was one of the greatest athletes in USC Football history,” Deborah Golian Castro, president and CEO of Creative Productions, said. “The Hawaii game is the first time the Trojan family will be together to remember Junior and his contributions,” Castro continues. “Seau’s legacy is underscored by the theme Trojan Pride 55—remembering the proud tradition the number 55 represents for elite linebackers. The wristband carries the same sentiment; it’s truly a one-of-a-kind keepsake to honor Junior.”
Seau will always be remembered as one of the NFL’s greats.