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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."