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Junior Seau's Nephew To Make First SDSU Football Start

San Diego linebacker Micah Seau plays against Ohio State University, Sept. 7, 2013.
Ernie Anderson, SDSU Photography
San Diego linebacker Micah Seau plays against Ohio State University, Sept. 7, 2013.
San Diego State sophomore Micah Seau appears in a 2014-15 team portrait.
San Diego State sophomore Micah Seau appears in a 2014-15 team portrait.

A familiar name and number will be on the Qualcomm Stadium field when the San Diego State Aztecs face Northern Arizona on Saturday.

Micah Seau, nephew of deceased All-Pro NFL linebacker and San Diego native Junior Seau, will make his first collegiate start at linebacker. Micah wears No. 55 — the number his uncle made famous.

“What my uncle did was amazing, and what he stood for around here — he’s just a legend," Micah said in an interview with U-T San Diego. "But as far as me, I’m just playing football. It’s something I love doing. It’s something I grew up doing.”

Micah has some large shoes, or rather cleats, to fill. His uncle was a 12-time Pro Bowler and in the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame, where he played 13 seasons. Micah played in all 13 games for the Aztecs in the 2013-14 season as a reserve.

Junior Seau took his own life at his Oceanside home on May 2, 2012. His suicide was attributed to concussions suffered during his 20-year NFL career.

In 2015, Junior Seau will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where many see him as being a lock as a first-ballot inductee.