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Several former Patriots teammates salute Junior Seau on his Hall induction 08.09.15 at 3:19 pm ET
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On the occasion of Junior Seau‘s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a handful of his former Patriots’ teammates took to social media on Saturday to acknowledge Seau and his accomplishment.

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Vince Wilfork gives a Hall of Fame salute to ex-Patriots teammate Junior Seau 08.08.15 at 11:40 pm ET
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Bill Belichick ‘privileged’ to have coached Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau at 9:37 am ET
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Junior Seau played the better part of four seasons for the Patriots. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Junior Seau played the better part of four seasons for the Patriots. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Junior Seau earned this weekend’€™s Hall of Fame induction with his outstanding 13-year tenure in San Diego, but the magnitude of his contributions to the Patriots have not been lost on Bill Belichick over the years.

The late, great linebacker ended a four-day retirement in 2006 to become a Patriot and went on to play four more seasons. Just before coming to the Pats, his recent release from the Dolphins had caused him to announce the end of his career, but Belichick and the Patriots are grateful that didn’t last.

“The one word I’€™ve always used with Junior is passion,’€ Belichick said prior to Saturday’€™s practice. “Of all the players I’€™ve coached, his passion for the game in every sense of it was exceptional.

“In the building, in the classroom, on the practice field, around his teammates, in the games, on the sidelines, whatever it was, that was I’€™d say the one thing about Junior that was always exceptional relative to other players. Forget about ability and all of that, the playing style. Just his true passion for the game of football.”

Seau took four straight one-year deals with the Pats before ultimately retiring for good in January of 2010. His 2012 suicide has left his family to represent him in Canton on Saturday. Belichick said he has reached out to Seau’€™s family to express how honored he was to have coached the player.

“Junior and I personally had a great relationship,” Belichick said.
“He was on this team for different parts of four seasons and was always a very honest, up-front, team-oriented player. He brought a lot to this team, this organization. I think all of us that that interacted with him, a lot of us feel privileged to have had the opportunity to play with or coach Junior. He was pretty special.

“[That’€™s] aside from all the accolades that he rightly deserves for his playing ability and his production. I’€™m talking about all the other things. Well-deserved and we’€™re very proud of his recognition. I’€™ve expressed that to his family on behalf of our organization. We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him.”

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Hall of Fame clarifies reasons for not allowing Junior Seau’s family to speak at induction for ex-Pats linebacker 07.25.15 at 12:35 pm ET
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MALIBU, CA - JULY 24:Athlete Junior Seau takes part in the Madden NFL 10 Pigskiin Pro-Am on Xbox 360 event  on July 24, 2009 in Malibu, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

MALIBU, CA – JULY 24:Athlete Junior Seau takes part in the Madden NFL 10 Pigskiin Pro-Am on Xbox 360 event on July 24, 2009 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

There’s now some clarification as to why Junior Seau‘€™s family is not being allowed to speak at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.

The New York Times reported Friday that Seau’€™s daughter Sydney would not be allowed to speak on behalf of her late father on the occasion of his induction, with only a video telling Seau’€™s story. Seau, who committed suicide in 2012, was diagnosed after he died with CTE, brought on by hits to his head.

Instead, the Hall issued a statement late Friday indicating that since 2010, posthumous inductees had always been enshrined simply with a video, and no presentation.

“The policy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2010 regarding individuals enshrined posthumously provides for an expanded presenting video (longer than the videos of living inductees) followed by the traditional unveiling of the bronzed bust and no additional comments made from the podium,” the Hall of Fame said in a statement issued late Friday via Pro Football Talk. “This policy is not precedent setting and was implemented for the first time in 2011 when former Los Angeles Rams great Les Richter was inducted posthumously. The Pro Football Hall of Fame looks forward to honoring the careers of Junior Seau and the seven other members of the Class of 2015 during the upcoming Enshrinement Ceremony.”

Seau played for New England, Miami and San Diego over the course of his career. He suited up for the Patriots from 2006 through 2009.

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Report: Junior Seau’s family won’t be allowed to speak at Hall induction for ex-Patriots linebacker 07.24.15 at 4:49 pm ET
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Junior Seau played the better part of four seasons for the Patriots. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Junior Seau played the better part of four seasons for the Patriots. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The family of the late Junior Seau will not be allowed to speak at his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this summer, according to the New York Times.

The former Patriots linebacker, who committed suicide in 2012, was scheduled to be one of several former players inducted on August 8. However, it was reported Friday that the Hall of Fame will not let his daughter Sydney or anyone else speak on his behalf. Instead, the Hall will show a highlight video of Seau’s career.

“It’s frustrating because the induction is for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak, it’s painful,” Sydney told the Times. “I just want to give the speech he would have given. It wasn’t going to be about this mess. My speech was solely about him.”

The move is an apparent attempt to dodge any questions regarding Seau’s suicide in 2012 and the subsequent diagnosis of traumatic brain injury that doctors said they believed was brought on by hits to his head. There’s also the matter of the lawsuit that Seau’s family has filed against the league.

Joe Horrigan, a spokesman for the Hall of Fame, told the Times that Seau’s brain injury and suicide have nothing to with the decision to only show a video.

Seau played for New England, Miami and San Diego over the course of his career. He suited up for the Patriots from 2006 through 2009.

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Bill Belichick on HOF election for Junior Seau on Saturday: ‘It’s obviously got to happen’ 01.29.15 at 2:22 pm ET
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Junior Seau pictured here in his final NFL game of a 20-year career, a playoff loss to the Ravens at Gillette Stadium. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Junior Seau is pictured here in his final NFL game of a 20-year career, a playoff loss to the Ravens at Gillette Stadium. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Junior Seau will be elected to the Hall of Fame this Saturday by pro football writers.

At least that’s the assumption Bill Belichick is going on. The Patriots coach couldn’t have made his support for the player and the man more evident Thursday morning, two days before the election takes place.

“Well, it would mean a lot. It’€™s obviously got to happen. I can’€™t imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it,” Belichick began. “The one word that comes to me when I think of Junior in life and football [is] passion. He’€™s a very passionate guy, lot of energy, lot of enthusiasm. First guy in the building in the morning, watching film, lifting weights, ready for practice, always loved to practice, flying around on the practice field, energy before the game on the sideline [and] during the game, emotional player, but a smart player.”

Seau was a 10-time All-Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, and named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. The San Diego native played college football at Southern Cal before being chosen by the Chargers as the fifth overall pick of the 1990 NFL draft. Seau started for 13 seasons for the Chargers before being traded to the Miami Dolphins, where he spent three years. Then, before the 2006 season, Belichick finally got a chance to coach one of his favorite players. He did so for the final four seasons of his career.

“[He] was a player that played with a purpose; played with good physical skill; but also good concentration, good awareness. Great team player, very supportive of his teammates, I mean, everybody in the locker room loved Junior,” Belichick said. “They loved what he did and they loved the way that he interacted with the team. He was a great player. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to coach him. We had a lot of great experiences together.”

Seau retired after the 2009 season Obviously it was the end of his career; things were a little different than when he was in San Diego and so forth. But he brought a lot of energy and passion to our team, and I personally had a very good relationship with Junior. I loved coaching him and he always expressed how much he enjoyed playing on the New England Patriots and that meant a lot to me.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Junior Seau among 18 finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame 01.09.15 at 11:24 am ET
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The late Junior Seau, in his first year of eligibility, is one of 18 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame after the list was cut down Thursday to 15 modern era nominees, one senior and two contributors.

To be entered, nominees have to get at least 80 percent of the votes from the selection committee, which is still to be elected and will be comprised of 46 people. The final class will be announced Jan. 31.

Seau’€™s career spanned from 1990-2009, during which he received Pro Bowl honors 12 times. The linebacker played for the Patriots from 2006-2009 but spent the most of his tenure with the Chargers from 1990-2002. He committed suicide in 2012.

In addition to Seau, Kurt Warner and Orlando Pace are on the billing as first-year options as well.

Warner helped the Rams earn their only Super Bowl victory in 1999 and won league MVP that year as well as in 2001. He was also part of the 2008 Cardinals team that made the Super Bowl for the first and only time in their history.

Pace was selected by the Rams first overall in 1997 and earned five Pro Bowl selections over 13 years in the league. He was a teammate of Warner’€™s when the Rams won the Super Bowl.

The other modern-day finalists are kicker Morten Andersen, running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, coach Don Coryell, running back Terrell Davis, coach Tony Dungy, linebacker/defensive end Kevin Greene, linebacker/defensive end Charles Haley, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, coach Jimmy Johnson, safety John Lynch and guard Will Shields.

The senior finalist is former Vikings center Mick Tingelhof, and the contributors are Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, who built Super Bowl teams in their times as executives.

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