Junior Seau Ditches The Board And Returns To The Playing Field

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"It's just not playing football," said Bill Belichick last week, when asked about Junior Seau's retirement conditioning regime. Seau's been surfing, and waiting for a call from the "right team" and the "right coach." The right team, according to Seau, made his decision an easy one.

What Belichick was doing was deflecting expectations that Junior would show up on Sunday, strap on his cape and save the wallowing Pats defense. Well, that's very nearly what he did anyway and it seems, at least for the ageless Seau, a few practice reps was all it took to get him in game condition.

To Seau, it is just playing football and the near certain future Hall of Famer proved that 39 is the new 20 in the NFL.

More Pats injuries made Seau's return necessary a little sooner than planned and an early deke from Deion Branch made it look like Junior was still on the beach. "That was a great play! Branch did a heck of a job throwing me a little fake. I went surfing and that was it."