The San Diego Chargers will officially retire No. 55 in honor of the late Junior Seau, Chargers president Dean Spanos announced on Friday.
"Junior's accomplishments on the field speak for themselves," Spanos
said. "His play on the field combined with his leadership and charisma
became the face of this team for more than a decade. I can't think of
anyone more deserving of this honor."
San Diego used the fifth overall pick of the 1990 NFL Draft on Seau, an Oceanside, California native who played his college ball at USC. Seau spent 13 seasons with the Chargers, earning 12 straight trips to the Pro Bowl, the third-longest streak of any player in NFL history. Seau is a member of the Chargers' Hall of Fame and should be a first-ballot inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in 2015.
In an addition to an official ceremony, which will take place at halftime of the Chargers' September 16 game against the Tennessee Titans, the Chargers will wear a No. 55 decal on their helmets and a No. 55 banner will be hung on the Qualcomm Stadium light ring during every home game.