I was looking for material on the Denver – San Diego game tonight.
Then I came across this piece on Junior Seau. I could sum it up for you but you need to read it.
Of course, we are critical of athletes here, but we are way more critical of broadcasters and sports media. Broadcasters are supposed to have even keel lives. The stat in the article is stunning:
Within two years of retiring, three out of four NFL players will be one or more of the following: alcohol or drug addicted; divorced; or financially distressed/bankrupt. Junior Seau was all three.
Even more disturbing, the NFL players is six times more likely to commit suicide.
Reading the article, you find Junior Seau was everything we as fans want our superstar athletes to be: Hardworking, humble and community-oriented. Seau was also tormented by the things seemingly avoidable: weak interpersonal relationships, alcohol/prescription drug problems and financial mismanagement.
A sad story that needlessly ends way too early. Especially when the only out is to put a .357 to his chest.