Junior Seau’s wish was to have his daughter, Sydney, present him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Seau had an amazing 20-year career in the league and was enshrined in Canton, Ohio posthumously on Saturday night, but the NFL cited a five-year-old policy which does not let others give full speeches for deceased inductees. Thus, Sydney was unable to give the speech she prepared.
However, thanks to the New York Post, we can now hear that beautiful speech that could and should have been.
“Well, after this speech, I hope you can hear us when we say that we love you, and I hope that this induction can exemplify the fact that you were more than just Junior Seau — you were a light, and you’re still mine,” Sydney said. “This is your speech, your moment and your honor, and to say that I’m the most proud daughter on Earth would be an understatement. Congratulations, Dad; you made it.”
Check out the full Hall of Fame speech for Seau’s induction below:
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Denis Poroy/Assocaited Press