October 18th, 2010
01:49 PM ET

Junior Seau in hospital after driving SUV off cliff

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau was being treated at a hospital after he drove his white Cadillac SUV off a cliff Monday and landed on the beach at Carlsbad, California, police said.

He was taken to nearby Scripps La Jolla Hospital for the treatment, authorities said.

Law officers are investigating the cause of the accident, in which Seau was the vehicle's only occupant, police said. Carlsbad is 35 miles north of San Diego, where Seau played most of his career.

Drafted in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft out of the University of Southern California, Seau debuted with the San Diego Chargers, establishing his Hall of Fame credentials as a starring linebacker and Pro Bowl staple.

He left San Diego prior to the 2003 season to join the Miami Dolphins and spent parts of the last four seasons with the New England Patriots before retiring last January. Seau amassed 1,526 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions in his 20-year career.

Off the gridiron, Seau was the star of "Sports Jobs with Junior Seau," a reality show on the Versus network that followed him as he took on various behind-the-scenes occupations, from a baseball batboy to a bull fighter to a pro hockey equipment manager.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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  1. heck with it

    Hmm.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. okay

    Just got an update from S.D. This apparently was just an accident and not intentional..he wasn't hurt in accident..i don't believe it wasn't intentional but thats what they're(S.D.media) claiming !

    October 19, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. tomcat

    @okay i agree. fell asleep at the wheel. this opens a can of worms

    October 19, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. tomcat

    is he guilty of the initial charge? who let him drive off? was he not with the pd? it was stated he fell asleep at the wheel. let him do the time for domestic charges like we would be charged.

    October 19, 2010 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. todd

    I live close by – trust me he didn't fall asleep and end up off the cliff. In that location – you have to actually try to go off the cliff. There's more to this story. Why is it reported that drugs and/or alcohol aren't part of the story? My money is on alcohol.

    October 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
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