Eric Olsen shares Junior Seau memory

May, 3, 2012
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Tributes and memories could be found everywhere Wednesday after the sudden passing of former NFL star Junior Seau. But none may have picked up as much steam virally as that of former Notre Dame offensive lineman Eric Olsen.

In six continuous postings on his Twitter account, Olsen, now with the New Orleans Saints, recalled a poignant moment from high school, when the linebacker helped give the up-and-coming prep star a big mental boost.
Wow this is a tough one.. When I was a frosh in HS Junior Seau worked the Jay Fiedler Football camp and at the end of one of the days he...

Challenged any1 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.

Thoughts like that from those who knew Seau -- and those who didn't, too -- exemplified the grief surrounding the football community. The small memory that Olsen shared seemed to embody the overall sentiment.

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