BOSTON (CBS) — The sudden passing of former NFL great Junior Seau on Wednesday shocked the sports world.

Former teammates, current NFL players and other athletes from other sports who simply admired Seau were quick to offer their condolences for Seau’s family and praise for Seau as a person via Twitter.

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Patriots RB Kevin Faulk, @feezy_k: “Buddy Buddy one of the true warriors I can honestly say it was an honor to be his teammate. Always ready to give everything he had. #55 JS”

Patriots DT Vince Wilfork, @Wilfork75: “@mrs75 and I are heart broken about junior he’s one of the greatest people I shared the field with he will always be ‘Buddie Buddie'”

Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco, @ochocinco: “My prayers and condolences to the family of one of the NFL’s greatest linebackers to ever play the game.. Junior Seau.. R.I.P”

Patriots WR Donte Stallworth, @DonteStallworth: Damn!! That COMPLETELY breaks my heart man…I learned so much from you “buddy buddy”…one of my favorite people & favorite teammates!!

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart, @Jonathanstewar1: “So sad to hear that junior seau just died One of the greatest to ever play the game”

Former USC/NFL lineman Tony Boselli, @TonyBoselli: “Extremely sad about the passing of Junior Seau. Just 3 weeks ago I spent the weekend w/him at USC. He was a great Trojans & will b missed! I am shocked about Junior, I didn’t see anything during my time with him a few weeks ago. Same happy and very engaged Junior”

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Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley, @LaMarrWoodley:RIP 2 junior seau… 1 of the best LB’s to ever play the game”

Patriots WR Julian Edelman, @Edelman11: “Rip junior #buddy”

Patriots CB Devin McCourty, @McCourtyTwins: “Sad story about Junior Seau…heard great things about him…praying for his family”

Former Patriots LB Matt Chatham, @chatham58: “Never playd w/ Junior Seau, but always admired his game & passion. Amazin charitable accomplishments off field & motor enuff for 2 great LBs”

Former NFL DB Brian Dawkins, @BrianDawkins: “I pray for strength & comfort for the Seau Family. #RIP JR Seau !!!”

Former Patriots CB Darius Butler, @DariusButler27:  “RIP Junior Seau. So sad hearing that news. Glad I got a chance to meet and work with him. #BuddyBuddy”

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NFL Network’s Albert Breer: @AlbertBreer: “Of the hundreds of guys I’ve covered on beats, I can’t think of one who loved being a football player more than Junior Seau did. RIP 55.”