Bills General Manager Buddy Nix and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt released statements on today's death of NFL great Junior Seau. Nix's first two seasons in San Diego (2001 and 2002) were Seau's last two seasons with the Chargers. Wannstedt was head coach for Miami for the first two of Seau's three seasons with the Dolphins, 2003 and 2004.
Said Nix: "I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Junior Seau. This is such a tragedy and his passing will be felt by many. Junior was a great player in this league for so many years and he embodied that competitive spirit that all the great linebackers possess. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences go out to his children and his entire family, his friends, the Spanos family and the Chargers organization.”
Said Wannstedt: “Hearing this news about Junior ... it’s just so tragic … it’s hard to believe. I still to this day remember the day that Junior joined our family at the Dolphins. He brought a sense of renewed energy and a spirit to the field, off the field, in the weight room, just everywhere that Junior went and everyone that Junior was associated with. He instilled a belief that we hadn’t reached our potential and that we could be better, and he would find a way to help make that happen. I just feel terrible but I know how much he loved his kids. I remember him coming to me and the first thing we talked about was what the offseason schedule would be and what was going to be our bye week schedule. Everything he was doing was centered around getting back to San Diego from Miami to be able to spend quality time with his kids. I don’t think there’s a better way a man could be remembered than in those terms."
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