Seau: That was my last game

Updated: January 13, 2010, 6:44 PM ET
ESPNBoston.com

New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau, who turns 41 next week, said he has played his final NFL game.

Appearing on "Inside the NFL" on Wednesday on Showtime, Seau told host Cris Collinsworth, "Whatever happens, I can say, honestly say, that that probably was my last game." He then clarified that the Patriots' 33-14 playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens definitely was his last hurrah and he plans to do a lot of surfing in his retirement.

In Seau's final season in New England -- which started in October -- he served as a pregame motivator, often giving speeches to the team before it took the field. He was the top backup at inside linebacker, playing 12 percent of the team's snaps while appearing in six regular-season games. He finished with 13 tackles and one fumble recovery in seven games.

Of course, this isn't the first time Seau has retired. In August 2006, after 13 seasons with San Diego and three with Miami, he announced a retirement. But four days later he signed with the Patriots. After the 2007 season he retired again, but came out of retirement for the final four games in 2008.

In his 20-year career, Seau has played for three teams -- the Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots -- earned 12 Pro Bowl appearances, played for six All-Pro teams and recorded 1,404 tackles. He's expected to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.