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Junior Seau Gives USC 12 NFL Hall of Famers

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USC and Notre Dame each have 12 distinguished players in Canton.

No. 55 was one of the best for "Linebacker U"
No. 55 was one of the best for "Linebacker U"

The late legend Junior Seau, who starred at both USC and during his 12-year NFL career, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame over Super Bowl weekend.

Seau will become the 12th former Trojan elected into the Hall of Fame, now tied with Notre Dame for the most of any school. Seau was renowned for his physical play, earning the 1992 NFL defensive player of the year honors.

The original No. 55 joins Frank Gifford, Ron Mix, Red Badgro, O.J. Simpson, Willie Wood, Anthony Munoz, Ronnie Lott, Lynn Swann, Ron Yary, Marcus Allen and Bruce Matthews as legendary Trojans inducted into the Hall of Fame. Seau played at USC in 1998 and 1999, and earned All-American honors during his final season.

Sadly the world lost Seau in 2012 from suicide, he was 43. The 2015 Hall of Fame class will be enshrined Aug. 8 at Canton, Ohio during Hall of Fame weekend. His daughter, Sydney, currently attends the University of Southern California.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish added two Hall of Famers in the most recent eight-man class, wide out Tim Brown and tailback Jerome Bettis. That has created a log jam at the top for most Hall of Famers in the NFL, but the fact remains that USC is among the best at producing NFL-ready talent in all of major college football.