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Friends, family among many saluting Seau at stadium

SAN DIEGO — Hours after Junior Seau was buried in his hometown, thousands of fans attended a public memorial service at Qualcomm Stadium, where the hard-hitting, fist-pumping linebacker starred for 13 seasons.

Many wore Seau's No. 55 jersey, in Chargers blue, Dolphins aqua and orange, and Southern California cardinal and gold.

Seau's parents, his ex-wife and their children, several current and former Chargers, and former rival quarterback John Elway, who now runs Denver's front office, attended the public service. Elway was accompanied by new Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and coach John Fox, a former assistant with San Diego.

Seau committed suicide May 2 at his Oceanside, Calif., home, at 43. He played parts of 20 seasons in the NFL, with the Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots.

Former Chargers great Dan Fouts was among those who spoke.

"Our paths never crossed on the field, but boy could we have used him with the offense of 'Air Coryell,' " the retired quarterback said, using the nickname given to the offense under coach Don Coryell. "I'm also glad I never had to play against him. I could just imagine the thought of him sacking me, then standing over me and dancing all over me."

BILLS SIGN YOUNG: The Bills signed former Titans star quarterback Vince Young, who will be on his third team in three years after one season in Philadelphia. General manager Buddy Nix said Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter, leaving Young competing for a backup job. Young's publicist, Denise White, released a statement from Young that said: "Thanks to Buddy Nix and Coach (Chan) Gailey for giving me the opportunity to come in and play and compete."

VIKING STADIUM: One day after winning their seven-year fight for a new stadium, the Vikings' owners started to lay out their vision for the $975 million project. They appear to be leaning toward footing the bill for a retractable roof. The team and league are contributing $477 million toward the project, with $348 million from the state and $150 million from Minneapolis. "If it's snowing very, very hard, we'll open up the roof," owner Zygi Wilf quipped.

T.O. AND MONEY: During an appearance on an Atlanta radio station, Terrell Owens said he is not broke and reports that he had lost $80 million were skewed.

CONCUSSIONS: Three more lawsuits were filed against the league last week in Los Angeles about concussions, reported, bringing the total to more than 180 former players involved in suits against the NFL.

BEARS: Defensive end Shea McClellin, April's No. 19 overall draft pick, signed a four-year contract with an option for a fifth year.

JETS: The team declined HBO's offer to be featured on the training camp reality show Hard Knocks this summer, Newsday reported.

PANTHERS: The team has signed all seven of its draft picks, including linebacker Luke Kuechly, the No. 9 overall choice.

Friends, family among many saluting Seau at stadium 05/11/12 [Last modified: Saturday, May 12, 2012 12:24am]
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