Chargers retire Junior Seau's No. 55

September, 16, 2012
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SAN DIEGO -- I just saw perhaps the most emotional ceremony at a sporting event I’ve ever witnessed.

Shortly before the start of the Chargers’ home opener against Tennessee, the Chargers retired Junior Seau’s No. 55 jersey. Seau committed suicide in May at the age of 43.

Sunday, there was no mention of how Seau died. Sunday, it wasn’t important. It was a pure tribute to one of the greatest linebackers who ever played.

I have to be honest. The ceremony was tough to watch. Seau’s parents and children were on the field for the ceremony. Watching them watch the jumbo screen showing highlights and interviews of Seau was heart-wrenching.

Still, the presentation was done in great taste and was well done. I could tell the entire stadium was as touched and pained as I was watching the tribute. Seau’s death never made sense and it still doesn’t. All his family, friends and the organization can do is deal with it and Sunday was a nice part of the healing process.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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