By Mark Pierce
We are left asking the questions that are always asked. Didn’t anyone notice? Were there signs? Where was the family, where were the friends, the fans? According to Seau’s ex-wife, with whom he maintained a friendly relationship, there were no clues, no hints. On Tuesday, though, he texted her and their three children with the message” I love you.”
Still, there are hints if you look deeply. Seau gave his life to the NFL. In many ways, he spent his entire adult life playing football. When he retired, he was forced to deal with the question, what now?
An interview given to Jim Trotter, long-time San Diego football journalist and personal friend of Seau’s, revealed other concerns that may have preyed on Seau. On Wednesday, Trotter wrote
“In March, we spoke about the perception that commissioner Roger Goodell was making the game too soft with his enhanced enforcement of player safety rules. “It has to happen,” he said. “Those who are saying the game is changing for the worse, well, they don’t have a father who can’t remember his name because of the game. I’m pretty sure if everybody had to wake with their dad not knowing his name, not knowing his kids’ name, not being able to function at a normal rate after football, they would understand that the game needs to change. If it doesn’t, there are going to be more players, more great players being affected by the things that we know of and aren’t changing. That’s not right.”
Clearly the isssue of head trauma was on his mind.
Seau, who retired in 2009 after 2o seasons, is the second NFL player to commit suicide in the last two weeks. Ray Easterling, who was lead plaintiff in the player’s suit against the NFL concerning head trauma, comitted suicide, as did former Chicago Bear’s Dave Duerson in 2011. Duerson left a note indicating his desire to have his brain studied.