Bolts Will Retire Seau’s #55 Before Matchup with Titans

The Chargers will retire former linebacker Junior Seau’s number 55 before hosting the Titans (0-1) on Sunday.

No. 55 will join Lance Alworth’s No. 19 and Dan Fouts’ No. 14 as the only retired numbers in the team’s 53-year history.

Seau, the hard-hitting, fist-pumping emotional leader of the Chargers for 13 of his 20 NFL seasons, committed suicide on May 2.

“It shook a lot of us,” kicker Nate Kaeding said. “It certainly impacted everybody in this organization. It will be a good opportunity for all of us players and the organization as a whole to go out and remember Junior again. He certainly meant a lot to this community.

“I’m an Iowa boy and that was really the only thing I knew about San Diego before I came out here was Junior Seau,” Kaeding said. “I think nationwide his name was kind of synonymous with the Chargers and the town. It will be a good way to go out and remember him again.”

The Chargers hosted a memorial service at Qualcomm Stadium nine days after Seau killed himself in his home in suburban Oceanside.

“When I think about it, I think back to his memorial service; the people that came out and just the warmth and how much he meant to so many people,” coach Norv Turner said. “I was fortunate to spend a few years with Junior, one here and one in Miami. He’s just a special, unique person. If you got to spend time with him, you know what I’m talking about. It’s very fitting that we would honor him at our home opener.”

The Chargers, who’ve missed the playoffs the last two seasons, needed a 24-hour extension to get a sellout and avoid a local TV blackout.


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