Gone but certainly never forgotten, legendary Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor died of a gunshot wound seven years ago today.
Known for his hard-hitting play on the gridiron, Taylor appeared in 53 games with the Redskins, recording 299 tackles, 12 interceptions and eight fumbles forced.
Off the field, he’s still a player Redskins Nation holds dear to its heart:
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For one Washington Redskins fan, he’s thankful for wide receiver Pierre Garcon’s signature on his “My Wife Loves No. 88/HTTR 4 Life” sign during this Thanksgiving season.
This photo was found in the Facebook fan group Hail to the Redskins.
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According to Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, the pressure is on quarterback Kirk Cousins to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner. According to Cousins, the pressure will mostly be on his wife who is in charge of cooking the turkey.
“I just got married this summer so I guess this will be the first time we’re starting our own tradition together as a married couple,” said Cousins. “Knowing my wife, in only the four or five months that we’ve been married, she’s lived up to the hype. She’s done a really good job cooking. So no doubt, Thanksgiving for her is game day.”
Along with Kerrigan, Cousins will host several other teammates and their wives as well as his own family members.
He’ll try to find some time to peek in on some games, too.
“It should be fun hosting a few of the other guys on the team, have some fun and fellowship and watch some football,” said Cousins. “It’s the 5 “F’s” in Thanksgiving that I love: football, family/friends, fun, good food, and a four-day weekend so I’m looking forward to that.”
Running back Roy Helu Jr. will also be with his wife Thursday after the team finishes practice. He’ll go to his sister’s house and eventually celebrate the holiday at his friend’s while unable to be home in California where he grew up.
“You kind of just adapt and make a lot of food,” said Helu, who promises to watch a lot of football as well. “We haven’t really started a tradition or anything.”
“I like the leg of the turkey, the dark meat,” he added. “I want to try a deep-fried turkey because I haven’t tried one before. My pet peeve is cold Thanksgiving food. My favorite dessert is pumpkin pie or pecan pie– I switch in between– and cheesecake.”
Tight end Jordan Reed doesn’t plan to have the television on when he makes the trip to his brother’s home in Baltimore. He’ll be happy to lie around, talk to family and enjoy the macaroni and cheese his mother, the specialty cook, will pass around the table.
Kerrigan meanwhile is looking forward to his aunt’s sweet potato casserole and linebacker Trent Murphy expressed his excitement to try the fried turkey long snapper Nick Sundberg is preparing.
Wide receiver Santana Moss will also be with family Thursday, including his kids, whom he hasn’t seen for a while.
“I’m always thinking about the life that we get to live, that we don’t appreciate much,” he said. “I know some of us do. A lot of us don’t. We all complain, but at the end of the day it could be worse. So you’ve got to appreciate and love up your family.”
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