Here’s the audio from the frantic 911 call after Junior Seau’s girlfriend finds the former San Diego Chargers linebacker in a spare bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest.
“My God, my boyfriend shot himself! Oh my God!” Seau’s girlfriend, Megan Noderer, shouts to the 911 operator.
Oceanside, Calif., police released the recording one day after Seau’s death was ruled a suicide.
Seau’s family plans to donate his brain for research to see whether he suffered from brain injuries.
Asked whether Seau had suffered concussions during his 20-year career, his ex-wife, Gina, told ESPN, “Of course he had. He always bounced back and kept on playing. He’s a warrior. That didn’t stop him. I don’t know what football player hasn’t. It’s not ballet. It’s part of the game.”
More than 1,500 players have sued the NFL saying the league hid the link between repeated concussions and brain damage.
Seau, an All-American at USC and 12-time NFL Pro Bowl linebacker, played 13 seasons with the Chargers and three seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
He left the game briefly, but then played with the New England Patriots for four seasons and then retired after the 2009 season.
Seau owned a successful restaurant and created the Junior Seau Foundation to educate and empower young people through the support of child abuse prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, recreational opportunities, anti-juvenile delinquency efforts and complimentary educational programs.