Seau retires, says he means it

January, 13, 2010
1/13/10
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Although I believe him like I believed Sugar Ray Leonard, legendary linebacker Junior Seau insists he has retired for good.

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In a taping for Showtime's "Inside the NFL," which will air Wednesday night, Seau announced Saturday's playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens will be the final game of his career. Seau will turn 41 next week.

Show analyst Cris Collinsworth asked if Seau has listened to his final Bill Belichick speech.

"Cris, I'm surfing," Seau said. "I'm going to go surf. ... It's all over with the speeches. Whatever happens, I can say -- honestly say -- that that probably was my last game."

Probably didn't sound definitive enough, so Collinsworth offered a follow-up question.

"Yeah, that ... that's going to be my last game," Seau said.

Seau played 20 NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Patriots. He will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's a 12-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro.

Seau finished with 56.5 sacks, 18 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles.

Seau signed with the Patriots in October. He played in only seven games, starting none.

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