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Who Killed Junior Seau?

It’s been a year since NFL great Junior Seau committed suicide.  After the report that evidence of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) was found in Seau’s brain was released  in January, I wrote a poem/song titled Who Killed Junior Seau?  It was inspired by a song by Bob Dylan, Who Killed Davey Moore?, about the 1963 death of boxer Davey Moore.  It’s also written in the style of Dylan’s song, so I highly recommend reading the lyrics of Dylan’s song first, as well as listening to it if you get a chance (click here for the lyrics).  Here’s my poem:

Who Killed Junior Seau?

Who killed Junior Seau?
Why an’ what’s the reason now?

“Not I,” said the old head coach
“My methods are beyond reproach
Don’t bring me into this discussion
He never reported a single concussion
I just game-planned to win
I didn’t commit no ugly sin
It wasn’t me that made him fall
No, you can’t blame me at all”

Who killed Junior Seau?
Why an’ what’s the reason now?

“Not I,” said the football writer
“I called him a warrior and a fighter
Football’s violent, yes it’s true
but lots of other sports are too
Football is America’s Game
Don’t assign me any blame
It wasn’t me that made him fall
No, you can’t blame me at all”

Who killed Junior Seau?
Why an’ what’s the reason now?

“Not us,” said the football fans
“We paid top dollar to see the man
Make some tackles, get some sacks
An’ we always kept comin’ back
Football is entertainment, what’s the fuss
Don’t go pointin’ your finger at us
Football’s part of the American Way
Boys an’ men play it every day
It wasn’t us that made him fall
No, you can’t blame us at all”

Who killed Junior Seau?
Why an’ what’s the reason now?

“Not I,” said the offensive guard
“He played like me, he played real hard
This is nothin’ but a tragedy
Don’t go pointin’ your finger at me
I was blockin’ for my backs
An’ he was tryin’ to get some sacks
Yes I hit him, yes it’s true
But that’s what I am paid to do
It wasn’t me that made him fall
No, you can’t blame me at all”

Who killed Junior Seau?
Why an’ what’s the reason now?

“Not I,” said the League Commish
“That never ever was my wish
Football’s big business you know
We never wanted to see him go
I knew about the risks years ago
But Football’s big business you know
If we acted on those risks before
No one would want to play no more
If we tried to safen-up the game
Football’d be way too tame
It wasn’t me that made him fall
No, you can’t blame me at all”

Who killed Junior Seau?
Why an’ what’s the reason now?

“Not I,” said the man himself
As he took the magnum off the shelf
An’ pointed it at his chest
“I always tried to play me best
I always gave a hundred percent
An’ now it seems my brain has went
I’m not the man I was before
An’ I can’t take it any more
I’m hurtin’ inside, I’m tellin’ you
This is the best thing for me to do
I played so long ‘cuz I loved the game
But I’m not the only one to blame”

Who killed Junior Seau?
Why an’ what’s the reason now?

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