Dennis Thurman was jogging on the treadmill Wednesday, watching television, as he discovered Junior Seau's dying. This news that shook the National football league struck the brand new You are able to Jets defensive backs coach just like a bolt of lightning.

"I almost fell from the treadmill," Thurman stated before a conference in the team's headquarters Thursday. "It simply is amazing. Painful."

Like many gamers, coaches and staff over the league, the Los Angeles alumus were built with a link with Seau. Through the years, they shared many hearty laughs once they entered pathways, sometimes in the North Park restaurant bearing Seau's title. Thurman's more youthful brother, also nicknamed Junior, performed with Seau at Southern Cal.

Thurman stated that Seau am revered he might have been governor.

Then came Wednesday, when police stated Seau's dying, at 43, made an appearance to become suicide, that was confirmed with a medical examiner Thursday.

"Knowing someone like this, required is, 'Why?' " Thurman stated. "You never know what happening nowadays."

Additionally towards the ties to Seau, I'd one more reason for calling Thurman.

He was Ray Bethea's roommate throughout their rookie training camping as well as for a couple of years for car journeys, once they performed for that Dallas Cowboys.

Bethea was my first cousin, whom I miss very much.

Approximately twenty five years ago, Bethea, the Cowboys' first-round pick in 1978, died of the apparent self-caused gunshot wound to his mind, not lengthy after his playing career ended.

The tragic ending for Seau hits home, as I have not stopped mourning losing Bethea.

Thurman knows that in addition to anybody.

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