RE: [patriotzip] SI Article
- Well said George. I couldn't agree more. I think this is an important addition.
At 09:03 PM 8/18/2006 +0700, you wrote:
***** I would welcome Seau to our team. No, he can no longer serve as a full-time starter. But if there is anyone in the NFL who can make the most efficient and effective use of a savvy, highly motivated veteran LB, it's BB! I believe that Seau can add an incredible amount of spirit to the team. Used sparingly, in key situations, he can, IMO, contribute many game-changing plays for us. If he's on the field for only 20-25 plays per game, those plays, plus what he can contribute on the sidelines, will make him a valuable member of the team in his final season.
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Retirement can wait
Belichick, Pats convince Seau to play one more year
Posted: Thursday August 17, 2006 9:28PM; Updated: Thursday August 17, 2006 9:28PM
Assuming he passes a routine physical exam on Friday, Junior Seau will have spent a grand total of three days as a retired football player.
Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowler, will now have a chance to earn a 13th trip to Hawaii while playing for the New England Patriots. If the Patriots find him healthy, he's expected sign a one-year, $1-million contract with New England, with the chance to earn extra money with some lucrative incentives.
It is an amazing story. Seau, 36, announced his retirement in an emotional press conference in San Diego on Monday afternoon, convinced he had played his last down in the NFL after 16 years with the Chargers and Dolphins. But on Tuesday, he got a call from the Patriots, asking him if his retirement was permanent. And even though he was ready to move on with the rest of his life, Seau said he might not be ready to retire.
After a couple of days of negotiations between his agent, Marvin Demoff, and the Patriots, Seau got a phone call Thursday morning from New England coach Bill Belichick. Belichick proved to be a closer as formidable as Mariano Rivera. Belichick told Seau he was needed. He told Seau that he could join a defense with Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi and Richard Seymour and compete for a fourth Super Bowl title at the highest level of football.
After that conversation, Seau was hooked. He told Belichick he badly wanted to continue playing. And if Patriots doctors concur that Seau is all the way back from a 2005 Achilles injury that prematurely ended his season in Miami, he'll suit up as a badly needed addition to a beleaguered New England linebacking corps. New England will not have Bruschi in all likelihood until the first game of the season at the earliest after he underwent surgery earlier this month to repair a broken bone in his wrist.
Seau was scheduled to take a red-eye flight to San Diego to Boston late Thursday night.
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