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Zach Thomas: 'Junior was my hero'

Zach Thomas idolized Junior Seau.

I remember him joking that he didn't have nearly Seau's ability and that he "learned tons of stuff" from Seau. This was Zach Thomas, who is arguably one of the greatest linebackers in Dolphins history.

Thomas was understandably upset to learn of Seau's passing today.

He released this statement:

"I have never been around a man with more love and passion for the game of football than Junior Seau, and he lived life the same way. Junior was always fun to be around, always positive and made every person who knew him feel like he was their best friend. You never heard one negative word come out of his mouth. Junior just had this energy that followed him around wherever he went, almost like theme music. It was like he never had a bad day.

"As a young linebacker, Junior was my hero growing up and once I had the opportunity meet him I saw that he was everything I hoped he would be and more. Getting the chance to play along side of Junior Seau, the greatest linebacker to ever play the game, made my dreams come true. I am absolutely devastated to hear this news. Today I lost my hero, my friend, my buddy."


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Damn Armando, couldnt you fit all this in one post??

Im out. Dont mean to sound insentive because Im not. But 3 straight new blogs of Junior Seau is "overkill" too.

He didnt die a hero's death, he took a cowardly way out. Suicide is a cowardly way out no matter how difficult life may seem to be.

The Japanese patented the only heroic way one can take one's own life. However, IMo, one can take one's own life if it will save many and have it be a heroic gesture too.

YG go back and read my comments about you, SInce Armando keeps updating crap you havent responded yet


Seau came here on the last legs of nfl career. He was just "ok" the shortb period he was here. Three staright blogs of Seau, as dolfans, it wasnt like he spent a major portion of his nfl career here.

Give it a rest already.

Some of you little girls call yourself men, yet your afraid of a gun. Its a tool just like a hammer, or saw. With great power (gun) comes great responsability..

YG I understand what you're saying and it makes me mad too when people choose suicide. But keep in mind that not everyone who commits suicide does so because they are a coward. A lot of mentally ill people take their own lives without even knowing why. People go their whole lives without being diagnosed.Schizophrenics and those who have severe depression and/or bipolar disorder live in a mental prison. Just saying, there are other reasons people take their own lives.

I don't think people are afraid of guns, I think they're afraid of the idiots carrying them around. A large majority of people owho own guns are mentally unstable, stupid individuals. The exact people who shouldn't be responsible for weapons that posess that kind of power. That's the only thing scary about guns.

A lot of mentally ill people take their own lives without even knowing why.

Posted by: Phins78 | May 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM

It's true. And as well lot of Sicilians take other peoples lives without even knowing why.

Maybe he couldnt live with his true identity.

There are some punks on here that make me sad to call myself a dolphin fan JS did alot for miami in his short time with us and he is loved and missed greatly


not all that glitters is gold my friends, what we all want is to be happy doesnt matter how much money and fame you have, the only way to be happy spiritually mentally and phisically is to worship god and god alone dont associate partners to him and do what he wants you to do this is how you achieve happiness in this life and the hearafter, my condolences to the seau family.

Zach never fails me. He is always a class act and one hell of a roll model. I too enjoyed watching Junior play and wish his family strength in the days to come. God Speed Junior! RIP...

Junior Seau with Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor, I was so excited when that happened. # of THE best linebackers ever to play the game. RIP Junior!

One has to wonder if Seau had one too many concussions. He offed himself -shotgun blast to the chest- in exactly the same way as Dave Duerson.

Idiots... It's being investigated as a suicide. If it was, so be it. Cowardly? Aren't we righteous...Screw u! Is that an emotional gut response? Damn right it is. Have a not so nice day, eat s... and die. That is all.

Sad, sad, one of my favorite athletes and football player, where is his picture in a dolphin uniform, herald staff lazy morons get that picture up...... RIP hope he found his peace. For those that are here talking crap, you are a coward yourself and on top of that an evil and heartless individual, this is not the time for petty comments, people on here are sharing their thoughts on what he meant for the team and others that got to meet him.

Have a not so nice day, eat s... and die. That is all.

Posted by: That guy | May 02, 2012 at 06:14 PM


I could stare at the Pepsi logo all day long. I will do whatever it tells me to do.

You're not kidding anybody, hypocrites.

Posted by: lives in the real world | May 02, 2012 at 06:25 PM

lives in the real world is afraid to use his regular name, so he lives in a fake world.

Didn't the fins commit suice about 13 years ago? Where's that eulogy?

A pray for the memory of Junior Seau

Who am i (are we) to judge somebody else?, Forgive him and forgive us God.

Junior Seau was one of my favorites. Too bad he played for the Pats. I didn't like that. Rest in peace

The more meatballs you throw out, the more we'll gobble you up!

Posted by: Top 5 Blog Gasbags | May 02, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Gasbag I have two meatballs for you!

Gobble Gobble!



I used to think YG was insecure and immature. Not to mention incapable of carrying on any type of debate or interaction.

He is, and then some. In addition to being extremely ignorant, he's a degenerate derelict.

If the point was sticking into his forehead he would still miss it. You are one sick, disgusting son of a be-atch.

Seriously folks, it's quite obvious YG is mildly retarded. I'm being generous with the "mildly". Most likely complicated from fetal alcohol syndrome.

Thank god he did it to himself and not me. No more looking over my shoulder.

R.I.P. Junior! God bless your family, they have to carry this burden.

I'm actually a BIG FAN of your blog! If it gets rid of you, Odin & a couple others, why would anyone be against it?

Posted by: FOR THE LOVE OG GOD SHUT UP! | May 02, 2012 at 01:58 PM

Un - Freaking - Believeable!


The Blog Hit Troll changes names so often he has "Typos" in his sign in name.


This is extremely sad and upsetting.

You people in the USA need to think about gun laws, downright stupid, irresponsible and crazy.

I'm a big Dolphin fan from London, UK but never would I think that a high profile classy NFL player do what has transpired. Extremely sad and upset with this news.
What can drive people to the last resort in taking their own life.
Junior you were an inspiration for many, gone too soon.

May you be free!!

God bless

We should all have guns and gill people.

I got totally distracted at the beginning of this post. "Zach Thomas is arguably one of the best linebackers in team history"? Really? Who is arguing against that. He is arguably THE best LB in team history and I would certainly say he is.

Jr is a loss but he was barely a phin.

Zach never stopped any team on those late game drives. Lot's of heart but too small, tackled too late. Offerdahl, Duje, better.

Armando, it's way past time to ban this person. This blog has become disgusting. I wouldn't want my children reading the trash u allow on here. I'm all for freedom of speech but you have control over this blog and should regulate more often if you want to keep respectful readers. It's a disgrace to your work and especially a great man who has passed today.
I'm sure I'll have the troll speak out n say something fitting to this but I don't care I'm done posting here about anything else until you clean it up.

I'm done posting here about anything else until you clean it up.

Posted by: B33rca53 | May 02, 2012 at 08:15 PM

Ok. C ya later alligator.

All these guys that post to say they aren't coming back are the same nelly's here every day.

Huff and puffers.

Jaymesh, that's why you lost the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812!

Offerdahl or Duhe?

They were definitely great. But what about Nick Buoniconti?

It's tough for me to sort these guys out.

1. Buoniconti.

I always like to root for the underdog, so the No-Namers win with me. Buoniconti quarterbacked a defense that is arguably just as responsible for the back to back Super Bowls as the offense was(I'm typing this, but it's still hard still choosing ANYONE over Zach.

2. Zach Thomas. He was quite the underdog himself. Positively the best "Find", "Acorn", "Sleeper", whatever you want to call it. One of, if not THEE biggest find Jimmy Johnson ever made.

I feel as bad for him as I do Marino for never having got that ring. If ANYBODY deserved one it was Zach!

3. Duhe - NO DOUBT. Duhe was one of my early "All Time Dolphin Favs". I think Duhe could have been just as great and competitive in todays NFL as he was back then(try saying that about other defenders from his era).

Disclaimer: Were it not for injuries.

4. How about No. 4? Anybody have this spot nailed down?

Off the cuff, I'd have to say Bryan Cox. He's probably more of my own personal favorite as opposed to our 4th all time best Linebacker.

Another DISCLAIMER: If we're talking Middle Linebacker, Cox is No. 3 for me(Duhe played outside).

************R.I.P. ** 55 ** and ** 88 *****************

Bye B33, unfortunately those types of people are allowed to do and say pretty much what they want in here. I was upset one time months ago because someone made a bunch of biggoted comments about Italians, I mentioned it wasn't right and asked for it to stop.

Not only has it not stopped but the person still stalks me. Every time I write a post he says something bad about Italians in an effort to engage me in some sort of internet b**ch fight. I just ignore it, it's all you can do because Armando and the Herald don't care about this blog as long as someone is still in here.

Addendum to my linebacker post above.

I didn't mean any disrepect to Offerdahl. Another of my all time favs. Were it not for the groin(?) injuries, he would rank right up at the top. Definitely above Cox.

Longevity and Durabilty have to take precedents.

In my HEART Seau wasn't really a Dolphin.

He was however a great Person, a great Football player and by all accounts, a GREAT Father.

God Bless You Junior and MY Prayers are with your FAMILY!

ValHalla for the Fallen Warrior!!!!

Jay, first of all if we did away with guns our criminals would be ecstatic. It's not like it's hard to get your hands on illegal merchandise in this country so taking away our right to bear arms is just going to make the criminals more powerful and dangerous. They're not going to stop buying guns because we make illegal.

Secondly you're blaming the gun for why Junior died? The guy wanted to die, whether or not he had a gun he would have found a way to kill himself.

Last time I checked people are killing themselves in England too.

It' illegal


Whats up? Should I assume you're not going to apologize for your comments to me during the draft?

I thought you and I were GOOD?

I'm a passionate fan, I wasn't trolling during the draft or attacking anyone. I was sick over what I thought(at the time), was IN MY OPINION the worst draft pick ever made on behalf of the Miami Dolphins.

I always enjoyed your posts because of the thought and intelligence that shows up in them. Even when we've disagreed on issues, I always respected your right to your opinion. I thought you would do the same for me in return.

I wasn't antagonizing anyone, I wasn't taunting. I was posting my honest passionate OPINION. Nothing more. I was shook up over the pick to say the least. After having read your comment to me, I turned off the NFL Draft for the first time in my life and even quit blogging for the night.

I don't know what you thought I was doing, but believe me, I would never attack you in that manner because you were posting your Gods Honest OPINION. Even if we were diametrically opposed to the worst possible degree.

I quit posting that night and have re-grouped. The only lingering problem I have is you attacking me over my honest OPINION. Especially after how long we've been cool on this board.

I would feel a lot better if you apologized for the one single comment. For outrightly attacking me because I had a differing opinion from your own.

If you were a troll, or just another poster, I wouldn't even care. Coming from you though, it kind of stuck me in the heart.

Do the right thing Phins78.

Whaddaya Say?

I see a lot of morons. Have a heart morons and let people mourn junior's death.

I hope you found peace my brother GOD BLESS

Zach Thomas was a great dolphin. Him, Taylor, and junior seau played on the same team. That was a defense that could of won a superbowl

After reading only a couple of posts I started getting very ill. No wonder South Florida fans have such a damning reputation. Seau was a sensational player and teammate. This is yet another example of the sacrafice these players make to the game. 20 years of head injuries destroyed this man. Oh course it made him too.

He will be missed

I think msnbc should stop allowing comments for articles like these. You always have low life, negative schmucks talking trash. Too many big mouths here.

The Suicide Battlefield

"Our friend died at his own battlefield. He was killed in action fighting a civil war. He fought against adversities that were as real to him as his casket is real to us. They were powerful adversaries. They took toll of his energies and endurance. They exhausted the last vestiges of his courage and his strength. At last these adversaries overwhelmed him. And it appeared that he had lost the war. But did he? I see a host of victories that he has won!

"For one thing - he has won our admiration - because even if he lost the war, we give him credit for his bravery on the battlefield. And we give him credit for the courage and pride and hope that he used as his weapons as long as he could. We shall remember not his death, but his daily victories gained through his kindness and thoughtfulness, through his love for his family and friends... for all things beautiful, lovely and honorable. We shall remember not his last day of defeat, but we shall remember the many days that he was victorious over overwhelming odds. We shall remember not the years we thought he had left, but the intensity with which he lived the years that he had. Only God knows what this child of His suffered in the silent skirmishes that took place in his soul. But our consolation is that God does know, and understands."

from Reverend Wes Stephens at the funeral of a friend
who had committed suicide.


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Oddly this did not surprise me. I probably would have named Seau as the most likely to do this.

It was clear to me that the man lived for football, and that was all the thought he had in life.

"Junior was my hero growing up "??? Junior is four years older than Zack.

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