The beachfront home of late San Diego Chargers icon Junior Seau is now on the market, listed for $3,199,000.
The 3,028-square-foot property – located at 604 S. The Strand in Oceanside – is where Seau died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on May 2, 2012.
According to the listing on the website, Realtor, the house – built in 1997 – was reduced in price earlier this month, from $3,295,000 to $3,199,000. When it was originally listed earlier this year, on March 16, the house was priced at $3,495,000, but was reduced in price about two months later.
The listing says the home serves well as a vacation rental, as it boasts a picturesque ocean view. Among its features, the home has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a three-car garage and a game and media room. The online listing says the home comes fully furnished.
Property records show the home was last sold on Sept. 4, 2015 for $2,256,589. Before that, the home was sold on Aug. 31, 2012 for $1,975,000 and on July 23, 2012 – nearly three months after Seau’s death – for $2,295,000. The earliest records on Realtor indicate the home was also sold on July 13, 2005 for $3.2 million.
Considered to by many to be one of the greatest linebackers of all time, Seau played for the San Diego Chargers from 1990 to 2002. After his lengthy time with the Bolts, Seau played for the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. Over the course of his NFL career, he played 268 games.
Seau was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in summer 2015.
His suicide, which came three years after he retired, shocked the football world and San Diego, where he is considered a hometown hero. To fans, Seau was a down-to-earth football legend with a memorable smile.
Coaches praised Seau for his work ethic, and how he’d show up in the weight room to train at 6 a.m. – long before anyone else arrived. Teammates admired his leadership and his constant energy on the gridiron. Crowds roared for his monstrous sacks, fittingly dubbing him “Junior Say-Ow.”
Seau was posthumously diagnosed with Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a form of chronic brain damage.
In January 2013, Seau’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL, claiming Seau’s brain injuries were caused by violent hits he suffered while playing football. The lawsuit accused the NFL of deliberately ignoring of concealing evidence of the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries.
In September 2014, his family opted out of a proposed NFL settlement with former players of concussion-related injuries, instead choosing to continue with their wrongful death lawsuit against the league.
Seau was just 43 years old when he died.