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Junior Seau: A Life in Pictures

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Photograph By Courtesy Seau Family

Seau surfing in Hawaii. "Junior always said that surfing, getting in the water, was the one place he could find peace, the one place he could always go to refresh and regroup," Gina says. "Before he died, he had gone off the grid for a few months, and when I finally got ahold of him, he said, 'Even picking up my board and getting in the water won't put a smile on my face.' The water had always been able to bring him back. So when he told me that, I was like, 'ugh.' He was so dark. After that, every time the phone rang or I heard a siren, I always had this thing in my stomach."