Or, was Seau's death the result of a more mundane, common reason...that he was broke? Look at the facts. Seau continued playing in the league long past his prime...for nearly 20 years. Though one could argue that he was still an effective role player late in his career, and that he loved the game...could his motivation for hanging on so long have been based on financial issues?
This was Junior's second attempt at suicide...unless you're willing to swallow his explanation as to why he drove his vehicle off a cliff on 10-18-10 (fell asleep at the wheel)?: http://www.tmz.com/2010/10/18/junior-seau-i-wasnt-trying-to-kill-myself-suicide-attempt-carlsbad/
Then, there's this: "Former Oilers cornerback Willie Alexander, who became a successful Houston financial planner in his football afterlife, participated in ex-teammate Charlie Joiner’s charity golf tournament in San Diego last fall. In the context of recent events, one conversation he had stands out chillingly.
Alexander said he was told by “someone in a position to really know the truth, that Junior Seau was broke. I asked, ‘How could that be possible?’ And now, why isn’t it being reported?”
The reason for the latter is that people around Seau are insisting money wasn’t an issue for him, although it’s uncertain how much anyone knew. Seau didn’t readily share his problems, even with close friends and family members. The possible reasons for his suicide at 43, three years after a 20-season Hall-of-Fame-caliber NFL career ended, might never be fully understood."
Query: Should the NFL be blamed for failing to properly advise the retired players in matters of financial planning? Or, is this, along with the concussion issue, another attempt to purge players of any and all personal responsibility for their decisions? Should we look to blame others and/or society every time a lottery winner squanders his once new found fortune...or whenever personal decisions don't turn out right?
Compassion is a wonderful thing. But, where should it end...and where should the acceptance personal responsibility for ones' own actions kick in?