Vai's View: Much aloha, Junior Seau

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  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    May 6, 2012 10:21 p.m.

    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

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 5, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    "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 understand.

  • R. H. Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    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?

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    May 5, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Thanks, Vai. That was a moving tribute.

  • Heater BALA CYNWYD, PA
    May 5, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    Poignant tribute.

  • Coyoteghost Saint George, UT
    May 5, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    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.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    May 4, 2012 9:33 p.m.

    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.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    May 4, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    Great article Vai, sorry you lost a remarkable friend. One year from now, right...

  • kathybeebee Ephrata, WA
    May 4, 2012 6:33 p.m.

    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!

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    May 4, 2012 6:19 p.m.

    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 many.

  • LeeVee Draper, UT
    May 4, 2012 5:11 p.m.

    Beautiful. Thank you, Vai.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    May 4, 2012 4:26 p.m.

    Nicely done Vai, awesome tribute to a great man. RIP Seau and God bless his family during this difficult time.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 4, 2012 4:19 p.m.


    The last paragraph, before the farewell, is the most profound and meaningful thing you have written. Thanks.

  • Manny Saint George, UT
    May 4, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    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 peoples lives.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    May 4, 2012 3:34 p.m.

    What a beautiful tribute. Thanks Vai, and tell Kap he was a good coach.

  • Alpine Blue Alpine, UT
    May 4, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    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 again.

  • football43 Morgan, UT
    May 4, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    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.

  • Tiger5 Cache county, USA
    May 4, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    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 Vai.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 4, 2012 1:09 p.m.

    What a great tribute.