Saturday, May 12, 2012
Chargers to retire Junior Seau's No. 55
By Bill Williamson
A San Diego Charger will never wear No. 55 again.
The Chargers formally announced that they will retire the number in honor of legendary linebacker Junior Seau. He committed suicide on May 2. He was 43.
The team hosted a celebration of life in Seau’s honor Friday night at Qualcomm Stadium. An estimated 20,000 people were there to listen to several tributes to Seau.
The number will be formally retired during a ceremony at halftime of the Chargers’ home opener against Tennessee on Sept. 16. Seau joins quarterback Dan Fouts (No. 14) and receiver Lance Alworth (No. 19) as the only players to have their numbers retired by the Chargers.
“Junior’s accomplishments on the field speak for themselves,” team owner Dean Spanos said. “His play on the field combined with his leadership and charisma became the face of this team for more than a decade. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor.”