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Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, others reflect on Junior Seau

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  May 3, 2012 02:26 PM

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady commented Thursday on Facebook on the passing of former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau.

"Junior Seau was a great teammate and even better friend. His legacy will live on and the memories of his time here with us will never be forgotten. We love you 'buddy.'" was posted to Brady's Facebook page on Thursday.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and players Jerod Mayo and Rob Ninkovich also released statements through the team's media relations department.

“A day later, it is still hard to believe. Of all the players I have coached, nobody was more full of energy and vitality than Junior Seau. He respected and inspired every single person he came in contact with – players, coaches and support staff. He defied the odds by playing two decades in the NFL at a level and with a youthful spirit rarely seen but appreciated by everyone. Junior will always be remembered as a intense Hall of Fame player from the old school. He was a charismatic icon. At the same time, as a human being he was as caring, warm and lovable as they come. That’s what I will miss most of all. It was a privilege to have coached Junior Seau. My condolences to his family," Belichick said.

"I was shocked and deeply saddened when I heard the news about Junior. I spent my first two years in the NFL with him. He was so approachable and welcoming and really worked with me to help me to adjust to life in the NFL. He was a true mentor and teammate. He had a legendary NFL career and had a passion for the game that I try to emulate. This is a sad day for me. My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and his many friends," linebacker Jerod Mayo said.

Said linebacker Rob Ninkovich: "I grew up watching Junior Seau play linebacker. He defined the position and I try to emulate my play on the field after his. It was an honor to play with an NFL legend. 2009 was my first year with the Patriots and when Junior came in, our lockers were right next to each other. As a veteran, he shared valuable advice with me and was a true teammate. I am deeply saddened by the loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

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