"We haven't accelerated anybody's eligibility due to death," Hall of Fame vice president of communications Joe Horrigan told U-T San Diego. "We had this circumstance when (former Chiefs linebacker) Derrick Thomas died. People were saying, 'We should just waive the requirement,' and so on and so forth. But we stayed with the five-year requirement that we do have, simply because we don't want to start changing rules. It's a procedure but not (on) an individual basis."
Numbers don't do justice to Seau's impact on the field, but the honors he received as a player say enough. Seau made the Pro Bowl 12 times and was a first-team All Pro six times. He played in the second-most games in NFL history of any linebacker.