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Junior Seau Death: Miami Dolphins Release Statement

With the sad news of former Miami Dolphins linebacker Junior Seau's death, many have been mourning the loss of one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game and a sure fire Hall Of Famer. Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee released a statement Wednesday afternoon on the death of Seau, who spent three seasons playing for the Miami Dolphins.

"We are stunned and saddened at the passing of Junior Seau. During his time with the Dolphins he made a unique contribution to the team and the South Florida community.

"Junior was a fierce competitor whose passion and work ethic lifted his teammates to greater heights. His enthusiasm for the game was infectious and he passed that on to everyone who was around him. He loved the game so much, and no one played with more sheer joy.

"Beyond his accomplishments on the field, though, he was as well known for his charitable accomplishments to help those less fortunate than himself, especially kids. Whether it was in San Diego, South Florida, New England or everywhere else in between, Junior loved putting a smile on a child's face during his "Shop with a Jock" program or during one of his countless school visits. He made a difference to so many people in so many places.

"Junior was one-of-a-kind. The league will never see anyone like him again. He will be missed, and on behalf of the Miami Dolphins we want to extend our condolences to his family."

Seau was near the twilight of his career during his time with the Miami Dolphins, but he was still an impact player and played well in the Dolphins 3-4 defense at the time. Seau started 15 games for the Dolphins in 2003 and battled injuries the next two season with Miami, playing in just 15 games the next two season.

Seau ended his 20-year career with nearly 2,000 total tackles and 56.5 sacks. Seau made 12 Pro Bowls in his career.

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