Junior Seau

Tiaina Baul Seau Jr. (/ˈseɪ.aʊ/; SAY-ow; January 19, 1969 – May 2, 2012), better known as Junior Seau, was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). Known for his passionate play,[1][2] he was a 10-time All-Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, and named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. He was elected posthumously to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

Originally from Oceanside, California, Seau played college football at the University of Southern California (USC). He was chosen by the San Diego Chargers as the fifth overall pick of the 1990 NFL Draft. Seau started for 13 seasons for the Chargers and led them to Super Bowl XXIX before being traded to the Miami Dolphins where he spent three years, and spent his last four seasons with the New England Patriots. Following his retirement, he was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame and the team retired his number 55.

Seau died by suicide by shooting himself in the chest in 2012 at the age of 43. Later studies by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of chronic brain damage, that has also been found in other deceased former NFL players and other NFL players who have died by suicide.[3][4] The disease is believed to derive from repetitive head trauma, and can lead to conditions like dementia, rage and depression.[5]

Junior Seau
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Seau with the Patriots in December 2008
No. 55
Personal information
Born:January 19, 1969
Oceanside, California
Died:May 2, 2012 (aged 43)
Oceanside, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Oceanside
(Oceanside, California)
NFL Draft:1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:11
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Tiaina Baul Seau Jr. was born January 19, 1969, in Oceanside, California,[6] the fifth child of Tiaina Seau Sr. and Luisa Mauga Seau of Aunu'u, American Samoa. Tiaina Sr.'s grandfather was a village chief in Pago Pago. Tiaina Sr. worked at a rubber factory and was a school custodian, and Luisa worked at the commissary of Camp Pendleton in Southern California and a laundromat.[7] After Seau was born, the family moved back to American Samoa for several years before returning to San Diego; Seau did not learn to speak English until he was seven years old.[8] At home, Seau and his three brothers had to sleep in the family's one-car garage.[7]

Seau attended Oceanside High School in Oceanside, where he lettered in football, basketball, and track and field. As a football player, Seau was a starter at linebacker and tight end, and as a senior, he was named the Avocado League offensive MVP and led the 18-member Oceanside Pirates team to the San Diego 2A championship. Parade selected Seau to its high school All-American team.[7] In basketball, as a senior, he was named the California Interscholastic Federation San Diego Section Player of the Year.[8] He helped his team win the 1987 Lt. James Mitchell Tournament and make third place in the Mt. Carmel Invitational.[9] In track and field, he was the Avocado League champion in the shot put.[8] Seau was also named to California's all-academic team with a 3.6 grade-point average.[10]

College career

After graduating from high school, Seau attended the University of Southern California (USC). He had to sit out his freshman season due to his 690 SAT score on the college entrance exam, which was 10 points short of USC's minimum score for freshman eligibility.

Seau told Sports Illustrated: "I was labeled a dumb jock. I went from being a four-sport star to an ordinary student at USC. I found out who my true friends were. Nobody stuck up for me—not our relatives, best friends or neighbors. There's a lot of jealousy among Samoans, not wanting others to get ahead in life, and my parents got an earful at church: 'We told you he was never going to make it.'" This prompted him to apologize to his coaches, teachers, and principal at Oceanside High.[7]

He lettered in his final two seasons, 1988 and 1989, posting 19 sacks in 1989 en route to a unanimous first-team All-American selection.[8]

Professional career

San Diego Chargers

Junior Seau 1994
Junior Seau, 1994-Training Camp

After three years as a Trojan, Seau entered the NFL draft after his junior season and was chosen in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft by Bobby Beathard's San Diego Chargers as the fifth overall draft selection. Seau quickly became one of the most popular players on the Chargers,[6] receiving the nickname "Tasmanian Devil", after the wild antics of the cartoon character.[11] He became the face of the Chargers franchise and a San Diego sports icon.[1][2]

Junior Seau Chargers jersey
Seau's jersey was retired by the San Diego Chargers, where he played 13 seasons

Seau started 15 of the 16 games he played in during his rookie season, and was named an alternate to the 1991 Pro Bowl after recording 85 tackles. In 1991, he picked up 129 tackles and seven sacks and was named to the 1992 Pro Bowl, the first of 12 consecutive Pro Bowls for Seau. He was also voted NFL's Defensive MVP by the Newspaper Enterprise Association[12] AFC Defensive Player of the Year by United Press International,[13] as well as the NFL Alumni Linebacker of the Year and the NFLPA AFC Linebacker of the Year.

He started no fewer than 13 games for the Chargers over each of the ensuing 11 seasons, registering a career high with 155 tackles in 1994. That year, Seau was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by United Press International,[14] and he led his team to a championship appearance in Super Bowl XXIX. In one of the greatest games in his career, he recorded 16 tackles in the 1994 AFC Championship Game while playing with a pinched nerve in his neck in a 17–13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[15] In 2002, his final year with the Chargers, he logged a then-career low 83 tackles and missed his final Pro Bowl with an ankle injury.

Miami Dolphins

On April 16, 2003, Seau was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional draft choice. He started 15 games that season for the 9–7 Dolphins and was one of their standout defensive players.[16] However, in 2004, a torn pectoral muscle limited Seau to eight games, 68 tackles, and one sack. He started five of the first seven games he played in with the Dolphins in 2005, but was placed on injured reserve on November 24 with an achilles tendon injury. On March 6, 2006, Seau was released by the Dolphins.

New England Patriots

Seau announced his retirement at an emotional press conference on August 14, 2006. He called it his "graduation", because he was not going to stop working. He contended that he was merely moving on to the next phase of his life.[17]

Junior Seau with Patriots side view cropped
Seau with the Patriots.

Seau returned to football just four days later, signing with the New England Patriots.[18] He started 10 of the first 11 games for the Patriots, recording 69 tackles before breaking his right arm while making a tackle in a game against the Chicago Bears. He was placed on injured reserve on November 27.

On May 21, 2007, Seau re-signed with the New England Patriots for the 2007 season. In September 2007 Seau was named one of the Patriots' seven captains.[19] He was a prominent contributor to the Patriots undefeated regular season that year.[16] He started four of the 16 games he played in for the Patriots in 2007, and then started the Patriots' two playoff games before Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants. New England's undefeated streak ended with a Super Bowl loss to the Giants.

After the Patriots had a number of injuries late in the 2008 season, they re-signed Seau. He started two of four games he played.[20] On December 22, 2008, a fan was arrested for trespassing and assault and battery for tackling Seau as he stood on the New England sideline during a home game against the Arizona Cardinals. Seau stated that he did not feel threatened by the fan; he thought that the fan was happy and excited and got carried away.[21]

On October 7, 2009, NFL Network reported that the New England Patriots had an "agreement in principle" with Seau for a fourth one-year deal; Seau took physicals and worked out with the team.[22] He officially signed on October 13.[23] He was active for 7 games for the Patriots in 2009, recording 14 tackles as a reserve linebacker.


Seau announced his intention to retire permanently on the television program Inside the NFL on January 13, 2010.[24]

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Solo Asst Sacks FF FR Yds Ints Yds Avg Long TD PD
1990 SD 16 85 61 24 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1991 SD 16 129 111 18 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1992 SD 15 102 79 23 4.5 1 1 0 2 51 26 29 0 10
1993 SD 16 129 110 19 0.0 1 1 0 2 58 29 42 0 11
1994 SD 16 154 123 31 5.5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1995 SD 16 128 111 17 2.0 1 3 0 2 5 3 3 0 8
1996 SD 15 139 111 28 7.0 1 3 0 2 18 9 10 0 7
1997 SD 15 97 84 13 7.0 1 2 0 2 33 17 26 0 6
1998 SD 16 114 91 23 3.5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
1999 SD 14 98 74 24 3.5 1 1 0 1 16 16 16 0 9
2000 SD 16 122 102 20 3.5 1 0 0 2 2 1 2 0 11
2001 SD 16 94 83 11 1.0 2 0 0 1 2 2 2 0 6
2002 SD 13 83 59 24 1.5 1 0 0 1 25 25 25 0 7
2003 MIA 15 96 66 30 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2004 MIA 8 57 31 26 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 MIA 7 36 18 18 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 NE 11 69 39 30 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 NE 16 74 58 16 3.5 0 0 0 3 28 9 23 0 4
2008 NE 4 22 15 7 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009 NE 7 14 9 5 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 268 1,846 1,436 410 56.5 12 18 0 18 238 13 42 0 98


Key: Solo = Unassisted tackles; Asst = Assisted Tackles; INT = Interception; Yds = Interception return yards; Long = Longest Int Return; Avg =Yards per Int Return; TD = Int Returned for TD; FF = Forced Fumbles; FR = Fumble Recovery; yds = Fumble return yards PD = Pass defensed.

Beyond football

His restaurant in Mission Valley, California—Seau's The Restaurant, which opened in 1996—was his most successful business venture. Seau also had a clothing line, Say Ow Gear.[28][29] The restaurant was closed May 16, 2012, just two weeks after his death; the trustees of his estate explained that "Without Seau's charismatic leadership, it was felt that the future profitability of the restaurant could be in question."[30]

Sports Jobs with Junior Seau premiered on December 2, 2009, on Versus. The show followed Seau as he did the jobs that make sports work. Ten episodes aired through January 27, 2010.

Seau was actively involved with community work through Samoan "sister city" projects within San Diego County.

Junior Seau Foundation

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 complementary educational programs.

The 20th Anniversary Junior Seau Celebrity Golf Classic was held March 10–12, 2012, at the La Costa Resort and Spa.

The Foundation gives out an annual award to the individual who exemplifies the mission statement of the Junior Seau Foundation.

Personal life

In 1989, Seau's oldest son, Tyler, was born to Seau's high school sweetheart, Melissa Waldrop.[31][32] Seau broke up with Waldrop when Tyler was 13 months old.[33] He married Gina Deboer in 1991. The couple had three children together, a daughter and two sons,[8] before divorcing in 2002.[7][34][35]

Seau sustained minor injuries in October 2010 when his SUV plunged down a 100-foot cliff hours after he had been arrested for domestic violence following an incident reported to the police by his girlfriend.[15] Seau maintained he had fallen asleep at the wheel, and was never charged in the domestic incident.[1]

Seau's nephew, Ian Seau, committed to play at Nevada,[36] and became an undrafted free-agent for Los Angeles Rams in 2016 as a defensive end. Then in 2017, Ian signed with the Bills.[37] Another nephew, Micah Seau, committed to play for San Diego State.[38] His cousin was Pulu Poumele.[39]


Media and fans at a memorial outside Seau's house the day after his suicide

On May 2, 2012, Seau's girlfriend found him dead with a gunshot wound to the chest at his home in Oceanside.[40] He left no suicide note, but he did leave a paper in the kitchen of his home with lyrics he scribbled from his favorite country song, "Who I Ain't". The song, co-written by his friend Jamie Paulin, describes a man who regrets the person he has become.[31][41]

Seau's death recalled the 2011 suicide of former NFL player Dave Duerson, who shot himself in the chest and left a suicide note requesting that his brain be studied for brain trauma.[42][43][44] Seau had no prior reported history of concussions,[40][45] but his ex-wife said he did sustain concussions during his career.[46] "He always bounced back and kept on playing," Gina Seau said. "He's a warrior. That didn't stop him."[47] Seau had insomnia for at least the last seven years of his life, and he was taking zolpidem (Ambien), a prescription drug commonly prescribed for sleep disorders.[48][49]

Seau's autopsy report released later in August 2012 by the San Diego County medical examiner indicated that his body contained no illegal drugs or alcohol, but did show traces of zolpidem. No apparent signs of brain damage were found, nor was he determined to have exhibited mood changes and irritability often apparent with concussions and brain damage.[49][50][51][52]

There was speculation that Seau suffered brain damage due to CTE, a condition traced to concussion-related brain damage with depression as a symptom,[42][53][54][55][56] as dozens of deceased former NFL players were found to have suffered from CTE.[57] Seau's family donated his brain tissue to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the NIH;[58] other candidates included the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and the Brain Injury Research Institute.[55][59] Citing the Seau family's right to privacy, NIH did not intend to release the findings.[58][60]

On January 10, 2013, Seau's family released the NIH's findings that his brain showed definitive signs of CTE. Russell Lonser of the NIH coordinated with three independent neuropathologists, giving them unidentified tissue from three brains including Seau's. The three experts along with two government researchers arrived at the same conclusion. The NIH said the findings on Seau were similar to autopsies of people "with exposure to repetitive head injuries."[57][61]

On January 23, 2013, the Seau family sued the NFL over the brain injuries suffered by Seau over his career.[62] In 2014, his family continued to pursue the lawsuit while opting out of the NFL concussion lawsuit's proposed settlement, which was initially funded with $765 million.[63]


Seau was known for his passionate playing style, including a fist-pumping dance he performed after big plays.[1][2] Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News said Seau "probably was the most dynamic player of his era".[64] NFL head coach Norv Turner, who coached Seau as well as faced him as an opponent, said, "The No. 1 thing about Junior was that he was such an explosive player he'd defeat one-on-one blocks and he was a great tackler."[64] Seau's quickness allowed him to freelance, which sometimes put him out of position. "People say he gambled a bit, but in reality, his insight led him to the ball ... Even when he was wrong, you had to account for him and that created problems for offensive coordinators. You'd better have somebody blocking him," said former NFL coach Tom Bass.[64]

He was praised by teammates for his work ethic and leadership. He would play when hurt, and often refused to leave games.[2] "He played the game the way it was meant to be played," said retired Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway.[29] Bill Belichick, his coach at New England, praised Seau's leadership and willingness to accept any role.[20]

Junior Seau in Chargers Ring of Honor
Seau honored at the Chargers Ring of Honor

He was named to the Chargers 40th and 50th anniversary teams, which honor the top players and coaches in the team's history. He was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame on November 27, 2011, as part of Alumni Day ceremonies at a sold-out game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Fellow Chargers Hall of Famer Dan Fouts introduced Seau before a crowd of nearly 71,000.[65]

Chargers President Dean Spanos honored Seau after his death as "...An icon in our community. He transcended the game. He wasn't just a football player, he was so much more."[28] The Chargers retired his No. 55 during his public memorial.[66] The Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre and Junior Seau Beach Community Center were renamed posthumously in his honor by the city of Oceanside in July 2012.[67][68]

On September 1, 2012, during the University of Southern California's home opener, Seau was honored by the team. On September 16, 2012, the Chargers retired Seau's number 55 during a ceremony at the 2012 regular season home opener against the Tennessee Titans. The San Diego Hall of Champions inducted Seau into the Breitbard Hall of Fame on February 25, 2013, forgoing their normal two-year waiting period after an athlete's retirement or death.[69]

Seau became eligible for election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015; his eligibility was not accelerated due to his death from the standard five-year waiting period after a player's retirement.[70] On January 31, 2015, Seau was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[71] He had wanted his daughter, Sydney, to introduce him if he were ever to be inducted. However, the Hall of Fame cited a five-year policy of not allowing speeches for deceased inductees, denying Sydney the opportunity to introduce her father.[72][73][74] Instead, she was allowed to speak onstage for three minutes uninterrupted on the NFL Network, and delivered a pared down version of her full speech, which The New York Times published.[73][74] Seau is the first player of Polynesian and Samoan descent to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.[74]

On September 21, 2018, ESPN released Seau, a 30 for 30 documentary that highlighted Seau's career, as well as the effects of his injuries on his life, his family, and his post-football endeavors.[75][76]

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1993 San Diego Chargers season

The 1993 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 34th season, their 33rd in San Diego, and 24th in the National Football League.

The 1993 season began with the team trying to improve on their 11–5 record in 1992, however, They failed to do so and missed the playoffs by only one game and ended up with an 8-8 record.

1994 San Diego Chargers season

The 1994 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 35th, its 25th in the National Football League (NFL), and its 34th in San Diego.

The 1994 season began with the team trying to improve on their 8–8 record in 1993. They finished the season with an 11–5 record and were crowned AFC West Champions. After a 17–13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game, they would advance to Super Bowl XXIX, only to lose to the San Francisco 49ers 49–26 at Joe Robbie Stadium. To date, this is the Chargers' most recent, and only, Super Bowl appearance.

1995 All-Pro Team

The 1995 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1995. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1995 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice which continued through 2008. In 1995 all three All-pro teams returned to a 4-3 defense, picking only one middle linebacker.

1995 San Diego Chargers season

The 1995 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 36th, its 26th in the National Football League (NFL), and its 34th in San Diego.

The season began with the team as reigning AFC champions and trying to improve on their 11–5 record in 1994. After starting 4-7, the Chargers won their final five games to get into the playoffs. It ended in the first round with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

That game would mark the last time the Chargers would make the playoffs until the 2004 NFL season.

1996 San Diego Chargers season

The 1996 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 37th, its 27th in the National Football League (NFL), and its 34th in San Diego.

The season began with the team trying to improve on their 9–7 record in 1995. It was Bobby Ross's final season as the team's head coach, as he would take the Detroit Lions' head coaching job the following year. They missed making the playoffs by one game.

1999 San Diego Chargers season

The 1999 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 30th season in the National Football League (NFL), its 40th overall and the first under head coach Mike Riley.

Before the season, Ryan Leaf wound up suffering a shoulder injury during the Chargers’ first training camp and would miss the entire season. Following a 4–1 start, the Chargers suffered six straight losses before winning four of their final five games to finish 8–8.

2000 San Diego Chargers season

The 2000 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise’s 31st season in the National Football League (NFL) and the 41st overall and the second under head coach Mike Riley. The Chargers failed to improve on their 8–8 record from 1999, and finished the season 1–15, the worst record of any Chargers team in history. The team lost its first eleven games before their only victory of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs (by one point, which was obtained on a last-second field goal). The Carolina Panthers would match this embarrassment the next year. The 2000 Chargers were also the first team to finish 1–15 and have their only win of the season be at home. Oddly enough, out of the ten teams in NFL history to finish 1–15, only two others had their only win at home (2007 Dolphins and 2016 Browns)

San Diego had a historically inept running attack in 2000; their 1,062 total team rushing yards (66.4 per game) is the lowest total of rushing yards by any team in NFL history in a 16-game season. For perspective, the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season—which was a nine-game schedule—included thirteen teams who rushed for more yards than San Diego did in 2000, and the 1992 Seahawks, who scored only 140 points in 16 games, rushed for 1,596 yards.Despite this, there were a few bright spots; Darren Bennett and Junior Seau would be selected for the Pro Bowl that year.

After their miserable season, the Chargers earned the first overall pick in the next season’s draft. The Chargers would trade that pick to the Falcons and draft LaDainian Tomlinson and also Drew Brees, both of whom would contribute to the Chargers’ success in the middle and late 2000s.

Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre

The Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre is a public entertainment and recreation complex located at the foot of the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, California. Formerly known as the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater, also known as Oceanside Bandshell, the complex was renamed in 2012 posthumously in honor of football player Junior Seau. Seau was a hometown hero to Oceanside and especially its Samoan Community.

Los Angeles Chargers retired numbers

The Los Angeles Chargers are a professional American football team in the National Football League (NFL) based in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The club began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), and spent its first season in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego in 1961. They returned to Los Angeles in 2017. NFL teams assign each of their players a jersey number ranging from 1 through 99. The Chargers no longer issue four retired numbers. As of 2010, the team's policy was to have the Chargers Hall of Fame committee evaluate candidates for a player's number to retire after the player has retired from the league after five years. The committee consisted of Chargers Executive Vice President A. G. Spanos, Chargers public relations director Bill Johnston, San Diego Hall of Champions founder Bob Breitbard, and the presidents of the San Diego Sports Commission and the Chargers Backers Fan Club. There are few recognized guidelines in sports regarding retiring numbers, and the NFL has no specific league policy. "You have to have enough numbers for players to wear," said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. The Chargers have rarely retired numbers. The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote, "The [Chargers] tend to honor their heritage haphazardly."Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Ron Mix in 1969 was the first Charger to have his number retired after he announced he was quitting football. However, he came out of retirement in 1971 to play for the Oakland Raiders. Then-Chargers owner Gene Klein, who hated the Raiders, unretired the number.Dan Fouts had his No. 14 retired in 1988, a year after his retirement. He was the first NFL quarterback to top the 4,000-yard passing mark in three consecutive seasons. He set a then-NFL single-season passing record in 1981, throwing for a career-high 4,802 yards. At the retirement of his number, Fouts asked for "more recognition of former players and a warmer relationship between Charger players and management. I'd like to see Lance Alworth's number retired, too. We've had some great players here."Alworth's No. 19 was retired in 2005, 35 years after he last played for the Chargers and 27 years after he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was still one of the most popular athletes in San Diego history. Nicknamed Bambi for his speed and graceful leaping skills, Alworth was a pioneer for the Chargers and the AFL in the 1960s. He was selected All-AFL seven times from 1963–1969 and averaged more than 50 catches and 1,000 yards a year with San Diego. He retired with the most career yards (9,584) in team history, a record that held for almost 45 years.The Union-Tribune in 2003 wrote that the Chargers no longer retired numbers, but Chargers president Dean Spanos said Junior Seau might be an exception. "If there's going to be another number retired, that's the one that's going to be retired," Spanos said. Seau made 12 consecutive Pro Bowl appearances with San Diego. He initially retired from the NFL in a 2006 ceremony with the Chargers, and the team planned to retire his number—as early as 2011—after his anticipated induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, Seau signed with the New England Patriots four days later, and continued playing until 2009. Seau's No. 55 was retired in 2012 posthumously at his memorial. "His play on the field combined with his leadership and charisma became the face of this team for more than a decade. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor," said Spanos.After LaDainian Tomlinson signed a one-day contract and retired as a Charger in 2012, Dean Spanos said his number would be retired in the future. On November 22, 2015, the Chargers retired Tomlinson's No. 21.

Bob Wick, the Chargers equipment manager since 2000, said he tried to keep Charlie Joiner's No. 18 out of circulation, even though it has not been officially retired.

Mandt Bros. Productions

Mandt Bros. Productions is a Los Angeles-based production company founded by brothers Neil and Michael Mandt.

The brothers are ten-time Emmy Award winners and partners in the Los Angeles based creative studio. . The company was formed in 2001 and has a wealth of experience delivering award-winning content to television, film, internet, immersive and mobile audiences. In addition to creating traditional content, the brothers have built and operated multiple turn-key production facilities and are experts in virtual and augmented reality content creation.

Some of the company’s notable credits include the development and creation of the hit ESPN series, Jim Rome is Burning, the Syfy Channel series Destination Truth , The Shed for Food Network, The Car Show with Adam Carolla for Speed, Strangers in Danger for Fuel, My Crazy Life for E!, Sports Jobs with Junior Seau for Versus, Next Stop for Charlie for Showtime and the production of ABC’s Frozen Christmas Parade.

On the feature film side, the Mandt Brothers were Co-producers of Walt Disney Picture’s Million Dollar Arm starring Jon Hamm and Alan Arkin. The movie's crew was made up of many big names in Hollywood, including director Craig Gellespie (I Tonya, Lars and The Real Girl,) Oscar Winning screenwriter Tom McCarthy, prolific producers Joe Roth, Mark Ciardi & Gordon Gray, and two-time Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman. In 2018, A24 and DirecTV partnered to release the brother's latest movie, The Last Movie Star. The picture starred Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds in his last leading role and received both critical and audience acclaim. The cast is rounded out with stellar performances from Chevy Chase, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke and Ellar Coltrane. The brother's 2007 indie film, Last Stop for Paul, collected a top prize at more than 50 film festivals around the world and was later developed into a 19-episode television series for Showtime, which was also produced by the Brothers. Apart from their work at Mandt Bros. Productions, Neil and Michael are both veteran producers of NBC’s coverage of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and were the producers of the first live MMA fights in Chinese television history. Some of Michael’s other live sport credits include: NBA Finals, NFL Pro Bowl, X-Games, US Open Tennis, MLB All Star Game, MLB World Series, and The Match: Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson to name a few.

Neil has directed a number of award winning short films under the Mandt Bros. banner, which have starred the likes of Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Mathew Perry, Justin Timberlake, John Hamm, Seth Myers, Jamie Foxx, and Will Ferrell to name a few. Neil has also worked as a journalist for Post-Newsweek, CBS and ABC News, where he was the producer of the O.J. Simpson Criminal Trial.

National Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award

Several organizations give out NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards that are listed in the NFL Record and Fact Book and Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. The Associated Press (AP) has been giving the award since 1972; Pro Football Writers of America/Pro Football Weekly since 1970; and Sporting News has announced winners since 2008. The Newspaper Enterprise Association was the originator of the award in 1966. However, it became defunct after 1997. Also going defunct was the United Press International (UPI) AFC-NFC Defensive Player of the Year Awards that began in 1975.

Oceanside High School

Oceanside High School (California) is an American public secondary school located in Oceanside, California. It is part of the Oceanside Unified School District.

Oceanside Pier

The Oceanside Pier, located in Oceanside, in northern San Diego County, California, is a wooden pier on the western United States coastline at 1,954 feet (596 m).

San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team

The San Diego Chargers (known now as the Los Angeles Chargers) announced their 50th anniversary team in 2009 to honor the top players and coaches in the history of the National Football League team. The Chargers were founded in 1959 as part of the American Football League. The anniversary team included 53 players and coaches selected from 103 nominees. The Chargers originally stated that only 50 members would be selected; the group is still sometimes referred to as the 50 Greatest Chargers. Online voting by fans accounted for 50 percent of the voting results; votes from Chargers Hall of Famers and five members of the local media made up for the other 50 percent. Over 400,000 votes were cast online. Dan Fouts and LaDainian Tomlinson received the first and second most votes, respectively. The team features eight Pro Football Hall of Fame members and 11 players that were active on the 2009 Chargers team.

Sports Jobs with Junior Seau

Sports Jobs with Junior Seau was a television reality program/documentary series on Versus hosted by retired National Football League player Junior Seau. The program premiered on December 2, 2009; the final episode ran on January 27, 2010.

The program depicted Seau exploring a variety of support and behind-the-scenes jobs in the sports industry. The program was produced by Mandt Bros. Productions.

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