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Balloons with the numbers 55 were placed outside the home of former San Diego Charger and NFL Pro Bowler Junior Seau who took his own life Wednesday.
Jim Stone, who covered sports in San Diego for 20 years at KNSD, NBC 7/39, is a familiar face to many Chargers fans. When NBCSanDiego learned the news, our editorial staff reached out to Stoney to get his thoughts on the passing of his longtime friend.
I've waited to collect my thoughts on the passing of Junior Seau, and all I can say is how much I'll miss him.
I was lucky to cover him throughout a Hall of Fame career, but my wife Jill and I both knew the man well.
June was a Hall of Famer in giving back to our community.
Just a few weeks back we spent time with him at John Carney's charity event, and all he wanted to know was how were my children and if I was ready to become Grandpa Stoney.
Junior Seau cared about people. He made an impact on my life, on our lives, by playing the game he loved.
I'm devastated by his death.
San Diego has lost a treasure.
The Chargers have lost an icon.
My wife and I have lost a friend.
God Bless #55.