Junior Seau's family settles lawsuit against NFL over his death

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-06 02:19:46-04

(KGTV) - A confidential settlement was reached between the family of former Chargers great Junior Seau and NFL over the Pro Football Hall of Famer’s death in 2012.

The New York Times reported Friday that lawyers for the Seau family filed a notice in federal court to dismiss their case against the league.

Attorney Steve Strauss, a partner with the law firm Cooley, confirmed the Seau family had settled the case. The firm did not release details on the settlement.

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“It was an honor for Cooley to represent the Seau children in this litigation. Throughout this process, they have demonstrated the same spirit and commitment that their father Junior modeled during his incredible life and NFL career. We know he would have been proud of them,” said Strauss.

Seau was 43 years old when he was found dead in his Oceanside home on May 2, 2012, after shooting himself. It was later determined that the star linebacker suffered from the brain disease CTE and depression caused by countless blows to the head.

Cooley stated: "In 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit approved a settlement between the NFL and a class of 5,000 former players over brain injuries, but the Seau family opted out in order to pursue their individual action against the NFL and recover for the children’s unique wrongful death claims."

The Seau family filed their wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL in 2013.

Seau, the 5th overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft out of USC, played 20 seasons in the NFL -- 13 with his hometown San Diego Chargers, three seasons with Miami Dolphins and four seasons with the New England Patriots.

Seau retired from the game in 2009 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.