The sports world had strong reactions to the death of Junior Seau. Many took to Twitter and expressed their emotions.
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San Diego Chargers @chargers
Statement: Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now. We ask everyone to stop what they’re doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family.
Chargers president Dean Spanos
I can’t put into words how I’m feeling right now. I’m shocked and devastated. Junior was my friend. We all lost a friend today. Junior was an icon in our community. He transcended the game. He wasn’t just a football player, he was so much more. He was loved by everyone in our family, our organization and throughout the NFL. This is just such a tragic loss. One of the worst things I could ever imagine. My prayers go out to Junior’s family. It’s heartbreaking.
Chargers head coach Norv Turner
I have no words to describe the passing of Junior Seau. It is a sad, sad day not only for me, but for the whole sports community. I worked with Junior here and later in Miami. I can tell you no one had more character and true leadership ability than Junior. He brought passion to the game of football that was unmatched. His commitment to charitable causes in the community was inspiring. It was an honor to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Brian Cushing @briancushing56
Wow shocked right now, I tapped Juniors picture every single day before heading out to practice at USC. R.I.P. to a legend n awesome person.
USC quarterback Matt Barkley @MattBarkley
#RIPJuniorSeau You were one of the greatest Trojans of all time!
Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn @BQ9
Thoughts and prayers are with the Seau family. A Hall of Famer on and off the field. God bless.
Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga @maualuga58
Say it ain’t so!? Junior Seau? Please tell me this ain’t true!!!!!!!!
Patriots wide receiver 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
Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders @DeionSanders
Junior Seau will certainly be missed. A great football player but a better man. He was classy,caring & courageous.God bless the Seau family
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson @JimmieJohnson
It is so sad to hear about Junior Seau. I enjoyed watching him play and we also spent some time together in SD doing charity work. #RIP
USC football coach Lane Kiffin
This is a very sad day. The USC football program and the entire Trojan Family extends our condolences to Junior’s family. He was one of the greatest Trojans of all-time. Our team and fans were very fortunate to see him just a couple of weeks ago at our Spring Game at the Coliseum. He will be deeply missed.
USC athletic director Pat Haden
We are tremendously saddened to hear this news and our hearts go out to his family and children. Junior Seau was one of the greatest legends in USC football history. He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55.
Broncos VP of operations @johnelway
Junior was a true competitor and a special player. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Seau family.
Saints running back Mark Ingram @Mark_Ingram28
#RIP Junior Seau Such a great player I watched growing up!! My prayers and condolences go out to his family!! Sad to hear..
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck @JustinTuckNYG91
At a loss for words right now. R.I.P Junior Seau.
Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas @TerrellThomas24
R.I.P to Junior Seau….just terrible news!
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray @DeMarcoMurray
R.I.P. Junior Seau… Shocking news
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder @cponder7
Wow RIP Junior Seau
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll @PeteCarroll
So saddened by the news of Junior Seau’s passing. The hearts of the Trojan family go out to his relatives and friends.