"He said, 'I've got a position for you,"' Seau said. "He didn't say, 'Would you like to come and play?' He said, 'I have a position for you.'
"That's the world champion coach calling a guy that had just gotten in surfing. I'm going to answer that call. I'm going to answer that call."
The Patriots have a chance at their fourth NFL title in seven years, but for Seau it would be the first of his career.
"I don't care if you're a rookie or an 18-year vet -- I don't care if you're a third-grader -- all we ever want in life is a chance, just a chance," Seau said after he helped the Patriots beat San Diego 21-12 in Sunday's AFC title game. "Does that mean a chance to win the Super Bowl? No, a chance to win. And when you win often, it leads into greater things. And you learn that during the course of life. It's just: Give an old man a chance."
"The first Super Bowl we went to, it didn't pan out the way we wanted it to," Seau said. "I took the scenic route to get here. I took the scenic route. But we played and experienced it together."
"He ranks right up there in terms of everything you need to do to play football in the National Football League."
The Chargers threw Seau a retirement party, and he said it was time for him to graduate from football to other things.
Three days later, Belichick called.
"It wasn't an assistant coach; it wasn't anyone in the P.R. department," Seau said. "Belichick called."
"The way he's worked, how hard he's worked, the sacrifices he's made, going through injuries and different circumstances," Harrison said, "I'm just so happy and so proud of Junior Seau."
It's the second straight year New England has ended the Chargers' season, and they're not too happy about that.
That doesn't mean they aren't rooting for Seau, too.
"He's waited for the opportunity to be called a champion and he's got it again. For Junior, I hope he gets it done," San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. "I wouldn't say I'm a Patriots fan, but I am a Junior Seau fan."
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press