The Washington Football Team has decided to retire late safety Sean Taylor’s jersey No. 21 this Sunday against the Chiefs. Taylor will be the third player in team history to have his jersey retired alongside Sammy Baugh and Bobby Mitchell.
Sean Taylor was one of the NFL’s upcoming stars during the mid-2000s. He was a two-time Pro Bowler and was both a ball hawk and one of the hardest hitters the NFL had ever seen. In 2007, Taylor had a career year in which he grabbed five interceptions in nine games. However, on November 27th, 2007, Sean Taylor died a day after being shot in his Miami-area home. In one of the most agonizing events in the league’s history, Sean Taylor passed away at the young age of 24.
In his four-year career, Taylor registered 305 tackles, 12 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one touchdown in what may have been his most iconic play. In a play that clinched a playoff berth, he took a 39-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown to seal a victory over the Eagles.
Taylor was not only a great player, but he was also a great teammate and person to those around him.
“I and many others looked to him as a role model. The fact that he was tragically taken so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, coaches, and staff.”
Washington Football Team President Jason Wright
Over 100 players will be on hand for Taylor’s jersey retirement. The ceremony will take place on the same weekend as the team’s alumni homecoming weekend. Also, the team will wear helmet decals with Taylor’s No. 21 to honor the safety.
Sean Taylor’s story is one of the most tragic tales in the history of sports. However, Taylor is one of the most beloved players in Washington Football Team history, and his jersey retirement will be emotional for both the team and fans alike.