Brother of Ex-NFL Player Seay Is Slain

Times Staff Writer

The brother of former NFL receiver Mark Seay was shot and killed in San Bernardino on Tuesday night, and police are looking for two well-dressed men in their 20s who were seen fleeing the area.

Police said James Seay, 37, was gunned down after 7 p.m. in the backyard of a home owned by his brother in the 2800 block of Muscupiabe Drive in San Bernardino.

“I just don’t have time to talk about this,” Mark Seay said when reached by telephone at the home.


“This is a difficult day. I’m looking for closure.”

San Bernardino police said they were still trying to determine the motive for the shooting.

Mark Seay, 39, who had a six-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles, had an inspirational comeback after he was injured in a 1988 gang shooting in Long Beach that cost him a kidney.

While on the team at Cal State Long Beach, the San Bernardino High graduate was attending a Halloween party at his sister’s when gang members attacked the home.

Seay was struck while shielding his 3-year-old niece.

Seay recovered and in 1994 had a career-best 58 receptions for six touchdowns in 1994 when San Diego advanced to the Super Bowl.

Seay works for the Colton-based Stater Bros. supermarket chain as a community relations representative and gives motivational speeches around the county.

Police said anyone with information about James Seay’s shooting can call the department at (909) 384-5742 or Det. Pat Higgins at (909) 384-5642.