Junior Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker who led the San Diego Charges to a Super Bowl victory and played in a second Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, was found dead  from an apparent suicide earlier this week in his California home. Seau was only 43.

Seau’s death is the latest in a long line of professional football players who have suffered the most devastating effects of the sport: long-term, and often times deadly, results from too many hard hits and concussions sustained on the field.

Seau is the eighth member of the San Diego Chargers’ 1994 Super Bowl team to pass away. The other members of the team include defensive end Chris Mims, linebacker David Griggs, running back Rodney Culver, linebacker Lewis Bush, center Curtis Whitley, defensive tackle Shawn Lee and linebacker Doug Miller and Dave Duerson.

Duerson, a former defensive back, reportedly had brain damage common to chronic head trauma citing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which had also been found in more than 20 other deceased players. In his last note to his family, Duerson had asked his brain be sent to researchers. He wanted the world to know what had enveloped him.

Duerson shot himself in the chest, an act which preserved his brain for study. Police say Seau apparently shot himself in the chest as well.

This is one more, devastating, example of why stricter limits need to be put in place in the NFL, as well as high school, college and recreational sporting leagues. A person’s life is not worth another hit on the field and one more ring.