Junior Seau, a certain Hall of Famer, played 20 years in the NFL.

First-year candidate Junior Seau made 12 Pro Bowls and was the 1992 defensive player of the year.

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The announcement, coming on the eve of the 2014 season, is a serious blow to the NFL’s efforts to put the concussion issue to rest. It raises the specter of continuing litigation that would pit the NFL against the family of one of its most popular players. Seau, a certain Hall of Famer, played 20 years in the NFL.

Two of the greatest figures in San Diego Chargers history were announced as two of 26 Modern-Era Semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this week. Late linebacker Junior Seau made the cut in his first year of eligibility while former Head Coach Don Coryell has been a semifinalist for the last five years.

The San Diego Chargers will host their annual local pro day on Thursday for prospects who attended colleges or high schools in and around America’s Finest City.

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The San Diego Chargers will host a Celebration of Life in honor of Chargers linebacker and San Diego community icon Junior Seau on Friday, May 11 at 6:30 pm at Qualcomm Stadium.

Seau, who is in his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, is one of the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered by the Hall’s Board of Selectors on Saturday. Of the 15 a maximum of five can be enshrined in the Class of ’15.

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A talented prospect who is looking for a chance to make his own mark, he knows he will never escape his iconic last name. In fact, he embraces the fact he is a Seau, and hopes to add to the legacy.

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“He was a phenomenal player, teammate, friend,” Brady said. “His attitude was infectious. He brought enthusiasm every day to practice. He showed up in the room and he’d be the first person there at six in the morning on the treadmill running, going into his 18th year in the league. He had a love for life and he’s missed by all of his family and friends, and certainly by me and the guys that had a chance to be around him. He was a special person.”

Seau, who committed suicide in 2012, played two decades with three teams and made 12 Pro Bowls. He was the defensive player of the year in 1992. Warner guided St. Louis to its only Super Bowl victory after the 1999 season and led the Rams to the title game two years later. He helped Arizona get to its only Super Bowl after the 2008 season. He won league MVP honors in 1999 and 2001.

While the linebackers are determined to carry on Seau’s legacy, Head Coach Mike McCoy offered a reminder on how there will never be another like number 55. Still, the head coach is proud to have players on his team that are not only knowledgeable about the game, but try to emulate and look up to those who played the game the right way.

“The Seau family never intended to use the Hall of Fame as a platform to discuss the serious mental-health issues facing the NFL today which are most appropriately addressed in a legal forum,” Donohue said. “The Seau family looks forward to celebrating Junior’s extraordinary accomplishments at the Hall of Fame.”

Seau also led the Chargers to the team’s only Super Bowl appearance after the 1994 season. Strauss said the Seaus concluded that the deal does not address several concerns, including adequate compensation for the descendants of the former players. Seau’s lawyers filed a previous motion objecting to the first proposed settlement, and Strauss said the revised deal did nothing to address those issues.