5/6/12 Letter to sports

May 5, 2012 by  

On and off field Seau a gentlemen ||

To the sports editor — I remember the late San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau vividly as a true gentlemen on and off the field. Seau visited the now-decommissioned USS Kitty Hawk in San Diego at the North Island Naval Air Station several years ago, before the aircraft carrier was deployed to Japan.

Junior Seau arrived and charged aboard the carrier exhibiting friendship and goodwill to everyone he came in contact with. The NFL icon encouraged everyone and signed autographs and was very affable with people. He also took the time to sign autographs at Marine Corp Recruit Depot and Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif. Seau was never arrogant, conceited or condensending; he was a friendly person to everyone.

Seau committed suicide probably because of hopelessness and helplessness and that is a tragedy for everyone. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem and everyone needs to be vigilant to prevent this ongoing tragedy. Suicide prevention is another form of restoring hope that has been lost. It’s a tragedy that such a colorful and animated man like Seau took his own life.

The Greek philosopher Democritus said: “Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; feeling of happiness resides in the soul.”


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