Great article and very nice tribute. If we were a little more like
Jr., the world would be a better place. If his suicide was brought
on by brain damage or early on-set dimentia, that is a shame. I hope the NFL
can take care of their own and find a way to make the game safer, so people like
Jr. can continue to motivate others long after their NFL careers are
complete.God bless his soul
"What I am absolutely certain of is that Junior Seau will be judged for the
merits of his life, which were many. He will be granted mercy in the manner he
so indiscriminately offered to perfect strangers throughout his life."Spot on Vai. May we all be worthy of mercy. I am sorry for your loss but
I know your enternal perspective gives you a level of comfort not all can
Beautiful tribute wonderfully written. Truthful yet non-judgmental; honest yet
kind; tender without being saccharin sweet. Heart-felt and warming. It brought
a tear to my eye. Thank you, Vai. Would you write my obituary someday?
Thanks, Vai. That was a moving tribute.
My only connection with the South Pacific was on a return trip from China in
1946 when we stopped at Guam and Honolulu (for one day), but I have sensed the
love which Islanders have for each other through men like you Vai. Thank you for
this great tribute to one of your own. I was fortunate to live in Provo for
many years and admired your athletic prowess, but it is articles such as this,
that raise my respect for you as a brother and a man.
When I heard about the death of Junior I wondered if Vai would write something,
he indeed wrote a beautiful article. I also picked up on the fact that it seemed
like Junior still was tight with his ex. He texted her that he loved her right
before he died. Very sad indeed.
Great article Vai, sorry you lost a remarkable friend. One year from now,
I never heard of this guy before Wednesday; nor frankly never heard of Vai
Sikahema before he started writing this column. Vai's tribute to his
friend moved me to tears, shed for someone I never heard of. I can not imagine
how broken President Sikahema's heart (as well as the hearts of so many of
loved ones!!) must be!
I couldn't agree with this portion any more: "He was a beloved figure
in his native San Diego because he represented them so well, was proud of and
loved his hometown. He raised millions for local charities through his
foundation…."As a life-long San Diegan, you're spot
on with that assessment. My 18 year-old son was fortunate enough to receive a
very nice scholarship from the Junior Seau Foundation last year. Our family will
never forget the first class scholarship dinner/ceremony and interaction w/
Junior that night. He literally “preached” to the kids like no one
else could, offering very sage counsel & advise. I also heard Junior talk at
a USC Coach's Dinner in San Diego on 4/17. He pumped us USC
"crazies" like no else could. Junior did a TON of good. I'm glad
that your tribute concentrated so much on that aspect. Yes. He will be missed by
Beautiful. Thank you, Vai.
Nicely done Vai, awesome tribute to a great man. RIP Seau and God bless his
family during this difficult time.
Vai: The last paragraph, before the farewell, is the most profound
and meaningful thing you have written. Thanks.
Thanks Vai. Regardless of what was going on with him the last minutes of his
life, he deserves to be remembered for all the good that he brought into other
What a beautiful tribute. Thanks Vai, and tell Kap he was a good coach.
Thank you Vai. What a poignant and powerful tribute to a good friend and even
better man. Sad that he left us so early, but we will forever celebrate the
memories and the years we had with Junior. Sweet and tender memories. Thanks
Incredible tribute from a man who must be devastated by the this tragic event.
Vai,s articles in the DNEWS are about people he knows and cares about. At times
like this it must me a tremendous burden and joy to see the trials and
accomplishments that come into his life through the people he loves associates
with. Vai, thanks for the articles. Like this one, they really tug at my heart.
Go with me on this.You know why people like Vai?Read his second
paragraph.He tells it like it is. He tells the truth.I admire that
trait.I try to be that way everyday.Makes life easy.Thanks
What a great tribute.