- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The San Diego Chargers are planning one final tribute for one of their greatest players of all-time.
The team announced it will host a celebration of life in honor of legendary linebacker Junior Seau. Seau, a star on the field and in the community, died Wednesday. He was 43. The death was ruled a suicide.
The event, which is open to the public, will be held at Qualcomm Stadium on Friday at 6:30 p.m. PT. Admission and parking are free. There will be special guest speakers and the events will focus on the positive impact Seau made in San Diego (he grew up nearby, in Oceanside).
The parking lot at the stadium will open at 2 and the stadium gates will open at 4:30. It is open seating and a large crowd is expected to attend.
I commend the Chargers for holding this event. I know Seau’s death has devastated a lot of people and this will help the healing process.
The team also announced donations in Seau’s honor can be mailed to the Junior Seau Foundation, 5275 Market Street, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92114. Donations can also be made online at www.juniorseau.org.
Meanwhile, Seau’s family is now reconsidering whether to donate his brain to researchers who study the impact of football violence on the brain.