OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - As 10News focuses on Life in Oceanside, we’re looking at the lasting legacy of Chargers legend Junior Seau.
Seau, who died in 2012, was well-known in the community even as a high school sports star.
"Whenever I'm playing on the football field I want you guys all to know, I represent Oceanside. It all started here,” he once told 10News.
Seau’s sister Mary watched her brother shine at USC and eventually, the San Diego Chargers.
"The community, it was like they were celebrating with us. They were so proud of Junior, they were so proud of our family."
Seau’s standout NFL career gave him the platform to give back through the Junior Seau Foundation with events like Shop with a Jock.
Mary Seau says people approach her with a message about her brother’s generosity.
"If it wasn't for Junior, I wouldn't be where I'm at today... and that warms my heart."
When Seau took his own life, the pain was overwhelming in Oceanside.
"It was a big loss. Not only for our family, but for the whole entire community."
Years later, his memory is as strong as ever.
"Junior is still with us. He is saying, ‘Get up and go and enjoy life and don't hold back.’”