‘Seau’ Review: ESPN’s Thoughtful Tribute to the ’90s Football Star Captures Everything Thrilling and Terrifying About the Sport

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‘Seau’ Review: ESPN’s Thoughtful Tribute to the ’90s Football Star Captures Everything Thrilling and Terrifying About the Sport
Watching a documentary about Junior Seau was never going to be an objective experience for me.

On long car rides to visit my grandparents in Oceanside, CA, I would bring along years of Chargers media guides, replete with decades of records, statistics, and game results I would try committing to memory as if they were holy texts. In the mid-’90s, the same defensive megastar would grace those covers year after year. It’s the same man, captured in his signature celebration pose, whose No. 55 jersey I would wear one Halloween as a scrawny grade-schooler posing as an NFL great. Wearing that plastic helmet would be the closest I’d come to playing football myself, but to this day, at the bottom of a dresser drawer, I still have a 1995 Afc Championship shirt. Guess who’s the only player on it.

“Seau,” the latest film under the ESPN “30 for 30” doc
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