Seau: Five Most Memorable Games


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Five most memorable games

August 14, 2006

In a 2000 Union-Tribune special section, Seau rated the following games games as his most memorable.

1. Intercepting John Elway to preserve a 37-34 season-opening victory at Denver in 1994. The game was the season in microcosm as the Chargers advanced to their only Super Bowl.

2. Intercepting Raiders QB Vince Evans at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1992 to help secure the franchise's first playoff berth in a decade.

3. His 16 tackles in a 17-13 victory over the Steelers in the 1994 season AFC Championship Game.

4. A 1996 home victory over the Chiefs in which he had 12 tackles, two interceptions and one tremendous play, bulling his way through running back Marcus Allen for a late-game sack.

5. In 1999, his12-tackle, two-sack performance in a victory over the Lions and former Chargers coach Bobby Ross.


Junior Seau timeline

After earning unanimous All-America honors at USC, Seau is drafted fifth overall by the Chargers. Despite a lengthy preseason holdout, he finishes the year as the team's No. 2 tackler.

Voted to the first of 12 consecutive Pro Bowls after leading the team in tackles (129) and recording seven sacks.

Named All-Pro and NFL Defensive Player of the Year by several publications. Has 19 tackles in a playoff game vs. Miami.

Voted team's co-MVP with 129 tackles and 19 tackles-for-loss.

Intercepts a John Elway pass in the season opener to help preserve a 37-34 victory and set the tone for a season that would culminate in the Chargers' only Super Bowl appearance. Finishes with a career-high 155 tackles and receives All-Pro and Linebacker of the Year honors.

Scores his only career TD with a fumble return in a victory over the Eagles; has a team-high 13 tackles in the season finale against the Giants and pressures the QB into throwing an interception that helps seal a playoff spot.

Earns All-Pro honors and twice is named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, once after a victory over the Chiefs in which he has 12 tackles, two interceptions and a sack.

Misses season opener while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery; later plays through a broken big toe and is voted the team's Most Inspirational Player.

Receives All-Pro honors again despite the team's 5-11 record; also is named team MVP and team Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Chargers with 115 tackles.

Catches two passes for 8 yards as an H-back in short-yardage situations; is voted team MVP for the third straight year.

The Chargers finish a franchise-worst 1-15, but Seau is voted to his 10th straight Pro Bowl and is named All-Pro and Linebacker of the Year; also is named to the Chargers' 40th anniversary all-time team.

Named team MVP for a fifth straight season and moves past QB Dan Fouts on games-played list when he reaches 182.

Voted to 12th consecutive Pro Bowl, though he is unable to participate because of an ankle injury that hinders him during the season; is traded to Miami for a conditional late-round draft pick in the offseason.


Starts 15 games in his first season with the Dolphins and ranks second on the team with 133 tackles.

Starts eight games before tearing a pectoral muscle Nov. 1 and going on injured reserve; finishes with 68 tackles (eighth on team), a sack, a fumble recovery and one pass defensed; named True Value NFL Man of the Year for his charitable off-field work.

Appears in only seven games because of an Achilles' tendon injury and is placed on injured reserve in late November.
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