LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Former USC Trojans, pro football players and personal friends were all in mourning Wednesday dealing with the news of Junior Seau’s death, apparently by his own hand.
KCAL9 and CBS2’s Serene Branson spoke to Seau’s good friend Misha DiBono. She met Seau when she was a reporter/anchor in San Diego.
DiBono said Seau’s smile was infectious. “I can’t really believe it. He was one of those people that was so inspiring. He was so filled with life. One of those people that it’s hard to imagine they’re not there.”
She spoke to Seau just last week. “He was coming up to LA, to be honored for something. And he was really excited about it. And he was talking about his son going on a trip to Fiji…he was very happy.”
She says she will always remember her friend’s huge heart and willingness and desire to give back. “He was never someone who just put his name on a gym and gave money. He was actually hands on. If they were serving food to less fortunate people…he was there scooping the mashed potatoes. He was really involved and he loved doing that.”
Branson also spoke to a former USC teammate. Tom Sirotnak who was also a team chaplain. “Driving down the streets of Orange County today, when I heard…the shock, just floored me. I had to pull over. I just thought ‘No way.’ He was such a great guy. This is so hard to believe.”
She asked what Sirotnak would remember about his friend most? “That guy was … a stud. I remember being a senior on the team, and seeing him come in…he whipped everybody from senior on down, strength, speed, quickness. But also his heart. He had such a big heart. He loved people so much.”