High School Football
Seau attended Oceanside High School (California) and played both linebacker and tight end.
Seau attended and played college football at the University of Southern California for two years.
In 1990, Seau was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. In his rookie season he played in all sixteen regular season games with fifteen starts and made 85 total tackles and one sack. He was named a second alternate to the Pro Bowl and was also named to the Football News’ all-rookie team.
The 1991 season was a the first of twelve straight years (1991 – 2002) that Seau was voted to play in the Pro Bowl. The only other player in NFL history to perform such a feat was Randall McDaniel. From 1991 through 2002, Seau was one of the most dominant players in the NFL. During that period, he played in 184 games (all starts), only missing eight, and made 1377 total tackles, 45 sacks, 15 interceptions, forced 12 fumbles and recovered 16; one of which he returned for a touchdown.
On April 16, 2003, the Chargers traded Seau to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth round choice in the 2004 NFL Draft. While on the Dolphins from 2003 – 2005, Seau played in 30 games (23 starts) and made 189 total tackles, five sacks and one fumble recovery.
In 2006, Seau announced that he would retire from the NFL and held a retirement party in August to make the announcement official. Just four days after his retirement party however he signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. As a Patriot linebacker he started all but one game and made 69 total tackles and one sack until the eleventh game of the season when he broke his arm while making a tackle. Facing the choice of retirement or resigning with the Patriots for another year, Seau chose resigning with the Patriots and on May 21, 2007 did so by signing a one-year contract. He is expected to provide depth to the Patriots linebacker position and possibly be a starter in 2007.