Junior Seau was one of my favorite football players at my alma mater USC. He was one of the best linebackers in the NFL in his era. Word that he committed suicide was a shock. He seemed to have so much going for him. But we never really know the story behind the scenes of someone’s life.
Seau’s connection to Stockton is through Stockton resident and San Diego Chargers owner Alex G. Spanos and his son, Dean, who is president of the team. Seau’s brother, Savaii, lived in Stockton with his wife and children for a brief time. Savaii now lives in La Jolla and teaches at a school in the area. Savaii is a brilliant artist. Savaii and the Seaus always will have a special place in my family’s heart. Savaii met my mother Barbara some time ago and agreed to do a portrait in pencil of my niece, Brooke, off a photograph my mom provided him. It’s beautiful and still hangs in my parents’ home. Rest in peace Junior.