Charger fans, I reach out to you at this time in the wake of the loss we have all experienced on May 2, 2012. I'll start with this: I am relatively new to BFTB and I do not comment often, let alone post these big things. What inspired me was not only my passion for my city and team, but also the severe lack of REAL Charger fans that I directly know, let alone football fans. The fact that San Diego is not enough of a football city is another debate that I will post about at a later date, but for now you bet all of your bleeding-blue-and-gold asses I am going to talk about my friend and inspiration, Junior Seau.
I am a 21 year old San Diego native, born and raised, and I have never known any other devotion to ANY type of team--whether it be sports or what have you--besides the San Diego Super Chargers. My mother (who actually isn't from here) is a transplanted die-hard Chargers fan, as well as all of our family friends who are actual from San Diego. Because of this, I've been a Charger fan myself since I started comprehending words. And because of THIS, Junior Seau was among he first names I ever knew, in general, not just in sports. As I started to put more and more years of life behind me, Junior Seau was a man I admired more and more. I was a wide-eyed child looking up to Junior as my very first hero (besides my dad of course) and because of this his name will always resonate with me. It is all-too-familiar of a name, and I am still in shock at how early and how he left us. When our Chargers beat the heavily favored Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium in the AFC Championship, my mother took me to the Murph the night they came home to a thousands of fans. I tell people this story all of the time--I distinctly remember the smell of beer vomit from a guy next to us, but more importantly, our Super Bowl team running onto the field, and you bet your asses I was looking for Junior. That was as close as I have ever come to my life-long hero; I haven't had the opportunity as many of you have to meet the god of a man in person. Of course the rest is history, and here we are now. A man I always looked at as immortal, someone who was a symbol of this city, a single man that brought a city together proud, is gone. Not taken from us by an unfortunate event such as murder or disease, but instead by choice--suicide. The extent to which this fact shocks me I will NEVER be able to explain. I am deeply saddened by it and have shed tears for him, more than once. He was out of the limelight for a while leading up to this, of course he had his induction to the Chargers HOF in November but what I mean is it was not by any means someone you would expect to pass away any time soon...especially the way he did. I write to my fellow BFTBer's asking for just taking time and thinking about what the name Junior Seau means to you and this beautiful city. Also, share ANY feelings you have regarding the man and the Chargers team as a whole heading into 2012. I've met my share of careless people in regards to the Chargers and football in general, but I have also met extremely passionate Chargers fans, young and old, in my time. My goals going into next season and every year beyond, is to put Charger fans on the map with the rest of the passionate NFL fans, and I think with the passing of a legend it should be our damn good opportunity to bring us together and show the rest of 'em what we're made of. There are too many true fans in this city that won't be recognized by the rest of the country because of the apathy the majority of Diegans are known for as far as football goes, IF we don't change it. So please, I implore the Chargers to wear a decal or patch in the name of Junior's legacy and for all of you true fans, yes, you're all true fans if you're on this website, to join together and support our city's team to go for it all in 2012. There is no better season for it besides 1994 when my friend Junior Seau was jumping the snap and getting himself all over the play. I'm sick of the negativity, LET'S DO THIS!!!!!!