Somewhat unbelievably, today marks three years since Redskins safety Sean Taylor died, and his friends on the Redskins still keep him in mind. Many still wear memorial T-shirts and hats, and all the ones who were here in 2007 remember him.
“You think about it,” Santana Moss said this week. “You think about it. But, you know, over the years, you try to let it go. You don’t wanna … you know, it’s hard to let go, but you just try to keep going. But you think about it.”
When Clinton Portis, a close friend of Taylor’s, was asked about the anniversary on a radio appearance earlier in the week, he reflected on some off-the-field memories of Taylor (which The Examiner’s John Keim has transcribed here), but also noted, “You still hear the stories of something he done that was amazing. Maybe it’s an overthrown ball or a ball thrown downfield and it’s like, ‘Sean would have done this or Sean would have done that.’”
With Brett Favre leading the Vikings to town tomorrow, it seemed like looking back at one of those “somethings he done that was amazing” would be the right thing to do. Because, while Taylor didn’t have the chance to rack up the defensive records that Redskins fans believe he might’ve been able to earn, he will always be in the record books for at least one thing:
On October 14, 2007, Taylor was on the receiving end of Brett Favre’s 278th interception — the ball that put Favre ahead of George Blanda and cemented what the Associated Press referred to as a “dubious record”. The Redskins ultimately lost the game, but it wasn’t through any shortage of effort on Taylor’s part. He also locked up Favre’s 279th interception and forced a fumble for good measure.
So this year, instead of a more general Sean Taylor tribute — here is a compilation of some of those, if that’s what you’re looking for — here, courtesy of the fine folks at Redskins.com TV, are Taylor’s highlights of that game against Brett Favre, including the two interceptions. And, man, he was a fun player to watch.
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