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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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Bill Belichick gets emotional making a Hall of Fame pitch for Junior Seau 12.03.14 at 8:02 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 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)

Bill Belichick doesn’t often show emotion but when he does, it’s usually for very good reason.

Of all the players who have played for him, few touched him the way Junior Seau did in parts of four seasons (2006-09). Belichick was asked Wednesday to reflect on the life and times of the late linebacker who is up for Hall of Fame nomination this year.

“Tremendous. [I] loved Junior and his family,” Belichick said to reporters in San Diego. “[I] was out here for the funeral and it was very emotional. Nobody loved the game more than Junior did. Nobody would be more deserving to be in the Hall of Fame than Junior Seau. [He’€™s the] all-time leader in tackling [1522 in 20 seasons], but more than stats, his love of the game, his passion for the game, and the high level that he played at at a very difficult position. I mean, him, Clay Matthews [Jr.], guys to play as long as they did at that position as well as he did is phenomenal. He is so deserving. I hope it happens.”

Seau was one of those chosen to speak to the rally of Patriots fans in the snow at Gillette Stadium before the team went out to Glendale, Arizona for Super Bowl XLII. It was in that perfect regular season of 2007 that Seau recorded the final 3.5 sacks of his career. He finished with 56.5 sacks over 20 NFL seasons.

It’s hard not to be reminded of Seau this week, as the former great linebacker grew up in San Diego.

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Ex-Patriots Ty Law, Junior Seau among HOF semifinalists 11.19.14 at 9:43 am ET
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Ty Law earned his red Patriots HOF jacket this year. Is a yellow one from Canton next? (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Ty Law earned his red Patriots HOF jacket this year. Is a yellow one from Canton next? (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Former Patriots Ty Law and Junior Seau are among 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame‘s class of 2015, it was announced Tuesday.

Law played 10 seasons with the Patriots as one of the best corners in the NFL, finishing with 36 interceptions during his time in New England. The two-time All-Pro ended his career with briefs stopovers with the Chiefs, Jets and Broncos before retiring after the 2009 season.

Seau played 20 years in the NFL, including the better part of four seasons with the Patriots (2006-2009). The linebacker, who also starred for the Chargers and Dolphins, is among eight first-year candidates in the balloting.

Kurt Warner and Tony Dungy were also among the headliners who made the initial cut. Warner is among eight first-year candidates in the balloting, while Dungy is in his second year on the ballot.

Other semifinalists include receivers Marvin Harrison, Tim Brown and newcomers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt; running backs Jerome Bettis, Terrell Davis, Roger Craig and newcomer Edgerrin James; safeties John Lynch, Darren Woodson and Steve Atwater; defensive ends/linebackers Charles Haley and Kevin Greene; linebacker Karl Mecklenburg; offensive tackles Joe Jacoby, Mike Kenn and newcomer Orlando Pace; guard Will Shields; newcomer center Kevin Mawae; placekicker Morten Andersen; and coaches Don Coryell and Jimmy Johnson.

The list will be cut to 15 modern era finalists to be considered on Jan. 31, the day before the Super Bowl, in Phoenix. Inductions will be in August.

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Ex-Patriots Tedy Bruschi, Ty Law among preliminary nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame 09.17.14 at 7:00 am ET
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Tedy Bruschi (Getty Images)

Tedy Bruschi (Getty Images)

Several former Patriots are among the preliminary nominees for the 2015 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was revealed late Tuesday.

All of the nominees who made it who have New England ties were on the defensive side of the football. Linebackers Tedy Bruschi (who played with the Patriots from 1996-2008), Willie McGinest (1994-2005) and Junior Seau (2006-2009) are all on the list. In addition, Rodney Harrison (2003-2008), Ty Law (1995-2004) and Shawn Springs (2009) made it as well. And defensive lineman Fred Smerlas (1991-1992) and Ted Washington (2003) were also named as nominees.

A total of 99 players and 14 coaches comprise the 113 nominees. A modern-era player or coach must be retired at least five consecutive seasons to be eligible. The selection committee will choose 25 candidates as semifinalists in late November. That list will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists in early January. The 2015 class will be voted on the day before the Super Bowl.

One senior committee nominee, former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff, also will be on the ballot.

Several former Patriots have already reached the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including offensive lineman John Hannah, linebacker Andre Tippett and cornerback Mike Haynes.

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