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Junior Seau remembered as fierce NFL competitor

The former Charger, Dolphin and Patriot linebacker died at his California home on Wednesday.

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In this file photo, former San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau smiles during his induction into the Chargers Hall of Fame during a halftime ceremony of an NFL football game in San Diego.

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Former NFL star Junior Seau was found shot to death at his home Wednesday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide.

Police Chief Frank McCoy said Seau's girlfriend reported finding him unconscious with a gunshot wound to the chest and lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. A gun was found near him, McCoy said.

Seau's mother appeared before reporters, weeping uncontrollably.

"I don't understand ... I'm shocked," Luisa Seau cried out.

Her son gave no indication of a problem when she spoke to him by phone earlier this week, she said.

"He's joking to me, he called me a 'homegirl,'" she said.

Seau was a standout linebacker with the University of Southern California before going to the San Diego Chargers — his hometown team — whom he led to the Super Bowl following the 1994 season.

"Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now. We ask everyone to stop what they're doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family," the team said in a statement.

Seau's death follows the suicide last year of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson, who also shot himself in the chest.

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