Last night during the National Football League Honors in Arizona, the late Junior Seau was announced as part of the next class to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Seau, who died in 2012, was one of the top linebackers in NFL history. He was a 10-time All-Pro selection and 12-time Pro Bowl selection.
Following the end of his playing career in 2009, Seau ventured into television as the star of Sports Jobs with Junior Seau, which aired on NBCSN’s predecessor, Versus.
As you can probably guess from the show’s title, Seau took on various support and behind-the-scenes jobs across a wide variety of sports. Among his exploits was being part of Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCar pit crew during the 2009 race weekend at Sonoma Raceway.
Below is a clip of Seau in action with “Team Target” during qualifying. Seau not only performed several team duties that day, but also spoke with Danica Patrick (then still in the series with Andretti Autosport) and TCGR managing director Mike Hull.
SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.
The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.
Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.
Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.
But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.
It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.
Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.