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Why would a 43 year-old gridiron legend such as Junior Seau, who was a 12-time Pro Bowler and is headed to the Hall of Fame, take his own life in such a sudden and violent fashion?

Many believe Seau, like several others before him, suffered from a type of post-career depression where they could not overcome life outside of the game.

Former Giant great Tiki Barber, who chose to shorten his own football career, was a guest on CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien this morning to discuss the challenges NFL players face after leaving the game....

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Former NFL defensive great Junior Seau has apparently taken his own life according to sources.

From our colleagues at TMZ....

11:33 AM PDT -- Law enforcement sources tell us ... Seau died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Back in 2011, former NFL star Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest ... and explained in his suicide note that he wanted his brain donated to a research center because he believed the blows he took to the head during his football career caused him to become mentally impaired.

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