The NFL used to allow the family of deceased players to speak during their induction, but that is no longer. The late Junior Seau once stated that he wanted his daughter to introduce him but she won’t have that opportunity as the rules have been changed for the 2015 class.
The other presenters will give speeches introducing the inductees, but the younger Seau will not. The Hall of Fame will show a five-minute video about Seau’s playing career, featuring an interview with Sydney, that makes no mention of his suicide or posthumous diagnosis of CTE. Sydney Seau told the New York Times that she wasn’t planning on making that a focus of her speech either.
“It’s frustrating because the induction is for my father and for the other players, but then to not be able to speak, it’s painful,” Sydney said. “I just want to give the speech he would have given. It wasn’t going to be about this mess. My speech was solely about him.”