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Former Patriots Linebacker Junior Seau Elected to the Hall of Fame

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One of the best players to grace the league has finally made his way into the Hall of Fame.

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There is no denying the impact that Junior Seau has had on the league. The 12-time Pro Bowler and 10-time All Pro has been named to the Hall of Fame's class of 2015. He was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and named to the 1990s All-Decade Team. Seau spent 13 years with the Chargers and three with the Dolphins.

Seau spent four seasons in New England, from 2006-2009, (crazy, right?) and his former teammates only had great things to say.

"I have no doubt he'll be elected,'' Brady said prior to the announcement. "If he can't make it, nobody can. He's truly one of a kind. It was a privilege playing with him. He was a phenomenal player, teammate, friend. His attitude was infectious. He brought enthusiasm every day to practice. ''

"It's obviously got to happen,'' Belichick said, referring to Seau's chances for election. "I can't imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it.

"The one word that comes to me when I think of Junior in life and football (is) passion. He's a very passionate guy, lot of energy, lot of enthusiasm. First guy in the building in the morning, watching film, lifting weights, ready for practice, always loved to practice, flying around on the practice field, energy before the game on the sideline, during the game, emotional player, but a smart player. I loved coaching him and he always expressed how much he enjoyed playing on the New England Patriots and that meant a lot to me.''

Seau is posthumously selected after he tragically took his life in 2012.

Seau is joined in the Hall of Fame with the following members of the Class of 2015:

Charles Haley

Tim Brown

Jerome Bettis

Will Shields

Bill Polian

Ron Wolf

Mick Tinglehoff

Congratulations to the newest class of the Hall of Fame.

Those who did not make the list include Marvin Harrison, Tony Dungy, Kurt Warner, Orlando Pace, Kevin Greene, Jimmy Johnson, and Morten Andersen.