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PHOTOS: Junior Seau's Life Celebrated

Among those in attendance were NFL greats Peyton Manning, LaDainian Tomlinson and John Elway.

PHOTOS: Junior Seau's Life Celebrated PHOTOS: Junior Seau's Life Celebrated PHOTOS: Junior Seau's Life Celebrated PHOTOS: Junior Seau's Life Celebrated PHOTOS: Junior Seau's Life Celebrated PHOTOS: Junior Seau's Life Celebrated PHOTOS: Junior Seau's Life Celebrated PHOTOS: Junior Seau's Life Celebrated PHOTOS: Junior Seau's Life Celebrated

The life of Junior Seau, a Chargers ex-linebacker and former Temecula restauranteur, was celebrated Friday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego amidst family, friends and fans.

Among those in attendance were NFL greats Peyton Manning, LaDainian Tomlinson and John Elway. Tomlinson spoke of looking up to Seau when he first joined the San Diego Chargers.

Seau, 43, a linebacker for the Chargers for 12 years, Police believe he committed suicide.

At the close of the ceremony, Chargers' President Dean Spanos announced the retirement of Seau's No. 55 jersey, after calling Seau's four children to the stage.

More than 2,000 had attended a earlier Friday.

awaiting their chance to pay their respects to the hometown player who was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 2011.

The team will formally retire the No. 55 jersey in a halftime ceremony during the Chargers' regular-season home opener against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 16, according to Chargers.com.

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