James Brown: Junior Seau will be remembered as "a competitor supreme" after apparent suicide

Junior Seau warms up on the field before an NFL wild-card playoff football game
New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau (55) warms up on the field before an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass., Jan. 10, 2010. Seau was one of several NFL players diagnosed with the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) through autopsy.
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(CBS News) CBS News special correspondent James Brown described NFL star Junior Seau as "a competitor supreme" on "CBS This Morning" Thursday, a day after the former professional football player was found dead in his home in an apparent suicide.

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Seau was found with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest Wednesday morning in Oceanside, Calif. Authorities are investigating his death as a suicide. Brown told Erica Hill and Charlie Rose that Seau's death was "sobering" in the wake of two recent suicides by other former players.

"He will be remembered fondly by his players," said Brown. "I saw (former Seau teammate) Marcellus Wiley just yesterday as well too, and the emotion that he showed is indicative of what a lot of players feel about him. He was a competitor supreme on the football field, highly respected but just as revered off the field. ... He will be missed in the broadest sense of the word."

Brown had no doubt that the league was taking seriously the lasting effects of the hard hits football is known for, which has been raised as a possible factor in the recent suicides.

"The commissioner has made it clear; he will not tolerate anything that goes against the grain in terms of player safety," said Brown. "You've seen that with the penalties that have been handed down to the players now. You've seen that over the past couple of years. He is resolutely focused, Roger Goodell, in terms of changing the culture of football."

Above, watch James Brown reflect on Junior Seau's career