Former San Diego Chargers star and community icon Junior Seau was found dead Wednesday in his Oceanside home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Oceanside police said.
He took a cell phone photo of the large handwritten message in the sand, which read, "I will miss you mom and dad." "It was really surreal," said Martinez. He said he has no doubt it was Seau's final message on earth. "I wept at that moment," he said. "It was a very stirring, trying moment for me." 10News left a message with Oceanside police to tell them about the message in the sand and to share the pictures. The restaurant will remain closed on Thursday. Chargers president Dean Spanos and head coach Norv Turner also reflected on the man who meant so much to the team. For Spanos, it was a day of grief and disbelief. "I was watching the news when the head of PR came in and told us," he said. "It's just a really sad moment right now, everybody. It's so emotional right now
you don't know what to say." Spanos said he last saw Seau last year when Seau was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame. "Clearly, he was the heart and soul of the franchise while he played here," said Spanos. "His legacy speaks for itself. He's going to be in the big hall of fame, no doubt about that ... He's going to be remembered by everybody." That includes head coach Turner. "It's unbelievable and just immediate shock," said Turner. "This one is hard. It's going to take a long time to get over." Turner was the offensive coordinator in 2001 when Seau was on the team, and the two met up again for one year with the dolphins. "That cliché being a coach on the field he was more than that, he was a mentor for so many people," said Turner. "He taught people how to do their job and be a pro." Turner said he spent the day talking to players and staff who knew Seau and sharing memories. For Turner, one conversation he had with Seau stands out. "He would always say to me, 'I'm always a Charger. I went to Miami and New England, but I'm always a Charger,'" said Turner, "His passion ... that's why he achieved the things he did. He had such a great impact on so many people. He will be missed." USC head football coach Lane Kiffin said Seau recently attended the Trojans' spring game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum."This is a very sad day," Kiffin said. "The USC football program and the entire Trojan Family extends our condolences to Junior's family. He was one of the greatest Trojans of all time."USC athletic director Pat Haden added, "Junior Seau was one of the greatest legends in USC football history. He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55."Seau is survived by a daughter and three sons.