Sean Taylor was one of the fastest rising stars in the NFL during his four-year career with the Burgundy and Gold, as the safety garnished a reputation as being one the hardest hitting safeties in the league.
His 2007 season may have been the best year for Taylor, before his life was tragically cut short. The former University of Miami Hurricane had five interceptions in just nine games, four of which came during Weeks 5 through 7.
To this day it is still hard to swallow the loss of No. 21 on and off the field. Teammates like Santana Moss and Clinton Portis were some of Taylor’s closest friends. To this day, Moss continues to honor Taylor with each touchdown catch he makes.
Today would have been Taylor’s 30th birthday and while we wish that Taylor was still gracing the confines of FedExField and teaming with record-setting quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris, we want to look back on the time that Taylor was in the DMV.
With the fifth pick in the 2004 NFL draft, the Redskins selected Taylor and quickly became a force in the Redskins secondary. By Week 3, Taylor had impressed his teammates and coaches enough to get the starting nod against the Dallas Cowboys. In Week 6, Taylor recorded his first career interception against the Chicago Bears.
Week after week, Taylor would make highlight reel hits and leaving receivers literally scared to cross his path.
In the 2007 Pro Bowl, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne ran a route down the middle of the field and found himself open for a possible touchdown. However, when Wayne caught Taylor gearing up to take him down, he stopped running his route mid-step and let the ball fall to the ground.
When you look back at Taylor’s numbers during his four-year career its easy to see why he was one of the most beloved players in franchise history. In 2012, Taylor was voted as one of the 80 greatest Redskins in franchise history.
While we will never truly know what could of been, we know that Taylor touched everyone he crossed paths with and on his 30th birthday, we continue to cherish each memory of his career.
To view more about Taylor, please visit his tribute page on the Redskins website.
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