The safety, who passed away in 2007, thus becomes the third player in franchise history to have his jersey number officially retired.
ASHBURN – The Washington Football Team will withdraw the N ° 21 of the missing safety Sean Taylor, making him only the third player in franchise history to receive such an honor.
The jersey of Taylor will be retired during a ceremony prior to Sunday’s match at home against the Kansas city chiefs. The team also announced Thursday that a street leading to the stadium will be renamed “Sean Taylor Road“.
The players of Washington They will also wear a # 21 decal on their helmets this Sunday.
“I got to the NFL the same year that Sean Taylor, and immediately his athletic ability, resilience, toughness, and tireless work ethic separated him. I and many others saw him as a role model, “said the president of Washington, Jason Wright, it’s a statement. “The fact that he was tragically snatched away so prematurely hurt our community of players, but also our fans, coaches, and staff. We will continue to remember him and hold him as an example of professionalism and excellence, and we will all strive to match his excellence to our way”.
Taylor He was shot on November 27, 2007, during an attempted robbery at his Florida home, and later died. According to teammates and coaches, he was in the middle of his best season of NFL at the time of his death, despite being out at the time due to injury, and was named to the second team All-Pro in 2007.
Taylor will join Sammy baugh (N ° 33) and Bobby mitchell (N ° 49) as the only players in Washington who have had their jerseys removed. Other numbers such as No. 28 of Darrell green, No. 81 of Art monk and N ° 44 of John riggins they haven’t been used since those players retired. All three are in the Hall of Fame.
Washington selected Taylor with the fifth overall pick in 2004. He wore No. 36 during his rookie season, but then switched to No. 21 the following year.
The combination of size and athleticism of Taylor made him a unique talent for the high school of Washington, and its popularity led to several safeties later wearing the No. 21. The current safety of Washington, Landon Collins, who wore No. 21 when he was with the New York Giants, said he hoped that Washington selected him, for being the team he played for Taylor.