Seau said 'game has to change'

The research will ultimately say whether or not concussions suffered from playing led to depression and his death on Wednesday.

But in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter back in March, Seau was already championing the changes that Commissioner Roger Goodell has embraced regarding player safety - comments that sound have an eerie ring to them in the wake of his self-inflicted death on Wednesday at age 43.

"It has to happen," he said. "Those who are saying the game is changing for the worse, well, they don't have a father who can't remember his name because of the game. I'm pretty sure if everybody had to wake with their dad not knowing his name, not knowing his kids' name, not being able to function at a normal rate after football, they would understand that the game needs to change. If it doesn't there are going to be more players, more great players, being affected by the things that we know of and aren't changing. That's not right."

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