BOSTON (CBS) -The love has been pouring out for Junior Seau since the former-NFL linebacker died Wednesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted the following statement on Seau on his Facebook page Thursday morning:
“Junior Seau was a great teammate and even better friend. His legacy will live on and the memories of his time here with us will never be forgotten. We love you ‘buddy.'”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick also released a statement on his memories of Seau.
“A day later, it is still hard to believe,” Belichick said. “Of all the players I have coached, nobody was more full of energy and vitality than Junior Seau. He respected and inspired every single person he came in contact with — players, coaches and support staff. His defied the odds by playing two decades in the NFL at a level and with a youthful spirit rarely seen but appreciated by everyone. Junior will always be remembered as an intense Hall of Fame player from the old school. He was a charismatic icon. At the same time, as a human being he was as caring, warm and lovable as they come. That’s what I will miss most of all. It was a privilege to have coached Junior Seau. My condolences to his family.”
Seau played four of his 20 NFL seasons with the Patriots, first joining the team in 2006. He served as one of the team’s seven captains in 2007, and returned for two half-season stints with the team in 2008 and 2009.
Seau was found dead in his home in Oceanside, Calif., on Wednesday. The death is being investigated as a suicide.