In his Oceanside, CA home today, NFL Legend Junior Seau was found dead by cause of a gunshot wound.  Initial reports indicate it was likely self-inflicted.

Seau was a standout at linebacker, being voted to the Pro Bowl twelve consecutive times from 1991 through 2002. Drafted with the fifth pick in the 1990 draft by the San Diego Chargers, Seau spent the majority of his career with the southern California squad in the AFC West, then took his talents to the AFC East, spending three seasons with the Miami Dolphins and then four more with the New England Patriots.

Over his career, Seau amassed over 1800 tackles, 56.6 sacks and 18 interceptions. He was named to the NFL’s All Decade team for the 1990’s and was the Defensive Player Of The Year in 1992. Because of his stats and generally being considered one of the top players at his position for more than a decade, Junior Seau in all likelihood will be a first-ballot Hall Of Famer.

From Wikipedia:

“In 1992, Seau created the Junior Seau Foundation with the mission to educate and empower young people through the support of child abuse prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, recreational opportunities, anti-juvenile delinquency efforts and complimentary educational programs.”

Seau was 43 years old and leaves behind three children.