INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - For Oakland Raiders Coach Tom Flores, who now lives in Indian Wells -- he can't believe Junior Seau is gone.
"When I got the call, it was devastating. I was numb and didn't know how to react. I just saw Junior on Monday."
Flores participated in a charity golf tournament with Seau earlier this week.
"He looked great. He said he was surfing everyday ... it's just hard to imagine something like this could happen," said Flores.
The nation watched Seau grow up playing for the University of Southern California. Flores said on the field, Seau was a tenacious competitor and it didn't take long for him to turn into an NFL giant with the San Diego Chargers -- whom he helped lead to the Super Bowl.
"One thing about sports heroes, they're forever and he will forever be a hero in San Diego. That's where he made his mark," said Flores.
Seau was a man many football fans and players believe was destined for the Hall of the Fame.
"He was all football, such a great leader. He's affected and impacted so many people's lives," said Chargers coach Nory Turner.
Seau remained with the Chargers until 2003 and went on to play with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots before retiring from professional football.
"People will remember him as a legacy. He's going to be remembered by everyone," said Chargers president Dean Spanos.
A legend who won't be forgotten.