Junior Seau's death complicated his legacy, especially for a generation too young to have seen his prime. Ask a high school senior, even one who grew up in American Samoa, what he can recall of Seau's prime, and you'll get a lot of uhhs and umms.
And that makes sense. A 17- or 18-year-old today was born half a decade after Seau won Defensive Player of the Year. He would not have seen Seau lead the Chargers on an improbable run to the 1995 Super Bowl, and would be lucky to be alive for two of Seau's eight first-team All-Pro seasons.