Junior Seau: A Life in Pictures

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Photograph By Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports

A dejected Seau walks off the field after the Giants destroyed New England's perfect season in Super Bowl XLII. Seau had joined the Patriots in 2006, four days after an emotional retirement. "We were all ready to go on the field after he had achieved the last piece of the puzzle that his career lacked," Gina says. "But defeat haunted him again. And it all started back then in New England. He was lonely and depressed, beginning to act out irrationally and push people away."