Staten Island product remembers Seau

May, 2, 2012
The sad and shocking news of Junior Seau's death has resulted in a flood of memories and testimonials, including a poignant anecdote from Saints G Eric Olsen.

Olsen was born and raised in Staten Island and he attended Poly Prep High School in Brooklyn, where he earned a scholarship to Notre Dame. He wound up being drafted in the sixth round by the Broncos.

On Wednesday, Olsen tweeted this touching story about the time he met Seau.

“When I was a [freshman] in HS, Junior Seau worked the Jay Fiedler Football camp and at the end of one of the days he challenged anyone to a 1 on 1 ...

“Being one of the ‘big’ kids, I was volunteered by my buddies and went up in front of the whole camp to face this monster of a man. Shaking in my cleats, he gave me a wink before a coach gave the cadence. He let me pancake him. And he sold it too…

“I can’t even tell you how good I felt at that moment; it changed me forever. The whole camp cheered for me, a chubby kid that didn’t know if he even liked football. From then on I was addicted. All thanks 2 this 10 time all-pro that felt like making some snot-nosed kid’s day…

“Doesn’t seem like much but it meant a lot to me. Sorry for the essay just had to share. RIP Junior I’ll never forget what you did for me.”

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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