Earlier Wednesday, we examined the instant reaction on Twitter from NFL players up in arms over the player discipline stemming from the "bounty" scandal.
Now, tragically, Junior Seau is the buzz topic. The 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker was found in his Oceanside, Calif., home, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police are investigating Seau's death as a possible suicide.
The reaction of players speaks to the immense respect Seau garnered:
We must enjoy each day like its our last...RIP Junior Seau- Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) May 2, 2012
Sadden by the news of Junior Seau :(- Pierre Garcon (@PierreGarcon15) May 2, 2012
Seau told me not to become the San Diego football guy everyone knows. But become the San Diego leader of a loving city. Im moving back!- Kassim Osgood (@kassimosgood81) May 2, 2012
So sad to hear about Jr Seau. Junebug. Buddy. The greatest teammate a young guy could ask for. This is a sad day. He will be missed greatly.- Drew Brees (@DrewBrees) May 2, 2012
RT @TutanReyes: Sad man. We lost a great. #RIPJuniorSeau- Bryant McKinnie (@BryantMckinnie) May 2, 2012
Let's all take a step back and realize that football is a game, but your life is what matters. Try your best to stay happy. #ripjunior- Chris Warcraft (@ChrisWarcraft) May 2, 2012
R.I.P Junior- Michael Vick (@MikeVick) May 2, 2012
Damn this one hurts San Diego! One of the greatest to to come from the city.- Reggie Bush (@reggie_bush) May 2, 2012
Damn!! That COMPLETELY breaks my heart man...I learned so much from you "buddy buddy"...one of my favorite people & favorite teammates!!- Donte Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) May 2, 2012
My prayers and condolences to the family of one of the NFL's greatest linebackers to ever play the game.. Junior Seau.. R.I.P- Chad Ochocinco (@ochocinco) May 2, 2012
Just learned the terrible news. Thoughts & prayers going out to Junior Seau's family. One of the greatest of all time. #USCTrojan55- Mark Sanchez (@Mark_Sanchez) May 2, 2012