Via the New York Times, front page: “The N.F.L. star Junior Seau’s suicide drew worldwide attention to brain trauma in football. Before he died, he told his daughter to speak on his behalf if he entered the Hall of Fame. Tonight, the hall didn’t allow her. Here’s what she would have said.”
Read the full speech here.
Via the Times:
In his 20-year N.F.L. career, Junior Seau established himself as one of the game’s greatest linebackers. He committed suicide in 2012 at age 43 and was subsequently found to have had a degenerative brain condition linked to repeated hits to the head. Before his death, Seau told his daughter Sydney, 21, that she should speak on his behalf if he made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But the Hall, citing a five-year-old policy of not letting others give full speeches for deceased inductees, did not allow Sydney to deliver her speech.
Recorded in her hotel room in Canton, Ohio, this is the speech Sydney had hoped to deliver on Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The full speech: