Seau on S.D.
FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots ILB Junior Seau said one of his homes in his native San Diego is damaged as a result of severe fires, and he has relocated family members to his beach residence. Seau acknowledged this has been a difficult week for him as fires have ravaged San Diego.
"Our prayers go out to San Diego," Seau said in the Patriots' locker room today. "It's tough to be able to come in here and game-plan and obviously get prepared and know that evacuations are going on in San Diego, especially with family members and friends and co-workers. ... I'm on it every minute of the day, just wondering where they are -- mom and dad are there [at the beach residence], my brothers and sisters are there, my kids are there. It's just sad."
Seau had traveled to the San Diego area earlier this week, returning to the Patriots on Wednesday morning. He has turned his restaurant into a shelter for employees, and said that as many as 100 people were sleeping there last night.
Seau was asked how difficult it has been for him to prepare for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
"Trying to balance it, it's tough, it's not something you expect," he responded. "But it's something that needs to be done. The businesses out there that I hold, and obviously my foundation and family -- and it's the community I live, my home. It's part of the package this week. Hopefully next week we'll have a softer load. Until then, they are definitely heavy on my heart. ...
"What's hard is what they're going through on the West Coast. What I'm going through here is easy. I have water. I have a shelter. I have food. There are a lot of people out there who are suffering right now. It puts it into perspective. We're fortunate today."