Well, this is terrible...
When his induction was announced at the Super Bowl, his family rejoiced and started thinking about what to say at the ceremony in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 8. Seau had told them if he ever made it, he wanted his daughter, Sydney, to introduce him.
But the Hall of Fame does not plan to let Sydney or anyone else speak on his behalf. Instead, it will only show a video that will commemorate his career, while avoiding questions about his suicide in 2012 and the subsequent diagnosis of traumatic brain injury that doctors said they believed was brought on by hits to his head. Nor will the video mention the lawsuit that Seau’s family has filed against the N.F.L., which is trying to curb injuries in active players and address brain disease in thousands of retired ones.
SOURCE: New York Times
The NFL, which does not hesitate to say that they care about the health of their players more than they ever have before, is apparently so afraid of Seau's daughter saying something about her father's head injuries that they won't even let her talk?
"It’s frustrating because the induction is for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak, it’s painful," Sydney said. "I just want to give the speech he would have given. It wasn’t going to be about this mess. My speech was solely about him."
Don't be fooled, either. Many will say, "It's not the NFL Hall of Fame, it's the Pro Football Hall of Fame!" If those people don't realize how much sway the NFL has over that building, they're fooling themselves.
This is just one more sad example of the NFL doing whatever it can to sway the conversation towards HARD-HITTING FOOTBALL and away from the concussions and serious post-career injuries of most of those that are stupid enough to try to make a living playing this game. Unfortunately, this time, they'll be doing so by pissing on the life and legacy of Junior Seau, and all he was off of the football field for his family, friends, and community.