Sean Taylor died eight years ago today

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Eight years ago today, Washington safety Sean Taylor died at the age of 24. He had been shot by intruders into his Miami home, where Taylor and his girlfriend and young daughter were sleeping.

Earlier this year, the fifth and final defendant accepted an 18-year prison term for his role in the crime. The shooter received a 60-year sentence, and the mastermind of the burglary that ended in Taylor’s death was sentenced to life behind bars.

The anniversary comes two days before Giants safety Landon Collins plays his first game on Taylor’s home field in Maryland.

“When I go out there and do warm-ups and stuff, I just want to look at the memory of him and his name up there,” Collins said, via Newsday. “It’s going to be fantastic and it’s going to be a dream come true to be on the field he played on.”

Idolized by Collins, Taylor was beloved by teammates like Clinton Portis and Santana Moss. If Taylor had lived, he likely would still be playing — and he probably would have already cemented his status as a Hall of Famer.

54 responses to “Sean Taylor died eight years ago today

  1. This is a classy article to post. People outside of the Redskins fan base will probably never quite understand how incredibly loved 21 was. The guy was blessed with incredible abilities that for sure would have landed him in the HOF. #21

  2. pft is hard to figure sometimes i swear.
    the dangest things get rejected.
    for those pinheads who killed him, we hope you get your just reward in prison, all of you.
    surely we can all agree on that

  3. “If they would kill these violent offenders instead of house them for life, violent crime would drop”

    I’m in favor of the death penalty but you’re quite wrong. There is olenty of data showing the death penalty is no more of a deterrent than life in prison or very extended stays.

    Face it, people are nuts and if they’re going to do something like this nothing can deter them

  4. I was incensed when some in the mainstream media initially acted like Sean Taylor brought his death upon himself because of his past. That was so irresponsible and disrespectful to a man who was getting his life right.


  5. @barrstarr

    I’m a Saints fan and I understand 100% how great of a player he was and how much he was loved in that community.

    It’s a shame that a Hall of Fame talent was lost to the act of idiotic violence, but it’s an even bigger shame that a little girl has had to grow up without her father because of a bunch of punks.

  6. @floratiotime:

    Maybe do some research before posting your idiocy. He lived in an affluent neighborhood and was targeted because the thieves knew there’d be highly valuable stuff there. They thought he wasn’t home at the time (they were on a bye week if I remember correctly). Sad, sad end to a great player. Hard to believe it’s been 8 years.

  7. I just recall all of the people rushing to say that “street life caught up to him go quiet after home invasion, something that is way too common in Miami, was really to blame. But just cowards in the media being cowards in the media as usual. As for the rest of us, we missed out on what I think would have been a great career.

  8. To clarify about the miss information on these comments Taylor was at home because he was injured and he was the victim of a home invasion they did not think he would be home. By the way if he played at his level for 5 to 10 more years he would definitely be in the Hall of Fame discussion if you disagree you never saw him play

  9. najacoo22 says:
    Nov 27, 2015 11:17 AM
    An article about Sean Taylor disrespecting the Redskins by not referring to them by their name…

    There is a certain irony in a team that insists on using a racial slur as its name worrying about being disrespected. Some of us learned early on that respect and disrespect are two-way streets. Urge your team to stop insulting others and you will find that positive attitude to be reciprocated.

  10. Get over the Redskins name taboo already. It’s such a 1st-world “problem.”

    You people really need to get out more. See some real problems.

  11. It always happens when someone passes away; they are spoken in such positive terms. But yet he had arrests for DUI and felony assault. Granted both were dismissed for some reason but it followed him as not being the citizen of the year type. Also, if Terrell Davis can’t get in the HOF with an equivalent amount of playing time and a SB on his back what makes anyone think Taylor get in because he had some picks (12) and hit hard?

  12. kuantan97 says:
    Nov 27, 2015 1:14 PM
    Get over the Redskins name taboo already. It’s such a 1st-world “problem.”

    Really? When I look at the 3rd world, I see that one of the major causes of conflict is the sense of humiliation and insult. Are you familiar with, for example, the Middle East by any chance?

    Happily in the case of Washington’s football team it won’t reach that level. But it is stupid to needlessly insult an ethnic group. And it betrays a monumental lack of understanding of politics and human nature to claim that the use of racial slurs is an inconsequential matter.

  13. and he probably would have already cemented his status as a Hall of Famer.

    C’mon man, he was a great Redskin and is certainly missed. This is comparable to saying you “probably will win a Pulitzer” for your PFT articles.

  14. He was our best player and he’s a player we have yet been able to replace. Players like him with his size, speed and range don’t come along often. At the time of his passing he was most likely the best FS in the league. As someone earlier said his daughter has had to grow up without him and that’s something I wouldn’t wish on any child. If memory serves be correct I believe the one of guys that broke into his house knew one of Taylor’s siblings and were invited to a gathering possibly a cookout at Taylor’s house. Once they saw what he had they devised a plan to rob him. He wasn’t suppose to be there. He was injured and I believe he got permission from the Redskins to go home and not travel with the team. RIP Sean.

  15. HOFer after making just 2 pro bowls. Hey florio you forgot this guy shot at 2 people a year before his death and was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. Also REDSKINS

  16. What many of you people who are ripping the comments of Taylor being a Hall of Famer are missing is that none of the fans of his feel, based on the resume which tragically ended 8 years ago, that he should go to the Hall of Fame today. Fans of Taylor, based on projecting where his career was going at the time he was murdered feel he had a chance to be in the HOF. It’s a completely different statement and one if you had the ability to understand written English language, you might have been able to pick up.

    Had he continued on the path he was on in 2007, his 4th year in the league, where many who followed the team noticed a big change in his play and how he was handling his life, they feel he could have put together a Hall of Fame worthy career.

    As for the clown that compares Terrell Davis to Taylor, you totally missed the point. As for others who dismiss Taylor because of his brushes with the law, players can change as Ray Lewis is a great example following his 4th season.

    Taylor was a great player already when he passed and this is further evidenced by the fact that 8 years later, the Skins have not been able to replace him. Whether he would have been in the HOF, that would have been whether he could sustain the high level of play that he had in 2007 for several years afterward. Unfortunately we will never know but as a fan, I’m biased to feel he could have.

  17. He definitely had HOF potential. In only 3 and half years of being an NFL player his highlight videos look like those of a 10 year vet. Unbelievable how many times he made the ball just pop out causing either a fumble or an incomplete catch. He was a special teams ace too. Anyone on special teams coverage had to keep their heads on a swivel, lest they get crushed by Sean!


  18. I’m a Bolts fan but I followed him while he played at the U. I knew he was going to be a great player and wished the Chargers picked him up but he played well in DC. Gone too soon.

  19. @gottagoballsout

    I believe I said if he played at that level for 5 to 10 more years. I never said the amount of time he played was sufficient for HOF consideration. Please re-read if you don’t get the point of stuff the first time.

  20. Every time one of your name change proponents says that name change opponents are racists you cheapen what it means to truly be a racist.

    Someone was raised using a certain term or name and is reluctant to change does not make them a racist at best they are name change opponents at worst they are insensitive but when you claim they are racists you cheapen what that means and you do a disservice to people victimized by racism everywhere.

  21. At least Sean Taylor didn’t have to witness the most dysfunctional organization of the past decade. Hey, there has to be a positive somewhere..

  22. “If they would kill these violent offenders instead of house them for life, violent crime would drop.”

    No it wouldn’t. Obviously you’re one of those guys who just thinks stuff and says it.

    Learn to read, and keep your counterproductive nonsense to yourself.

  23. He was some kinda football player… Ed Reed followed him at Miami, then to the NFL…. But he was better all around than Ed Reed, in every facet of playing safety in the NFL…. If he didn’t get killed, he would have had a great career for the REDSKINS. And boy have they had their struggles at safety since he died….

  24. Ya anybody saying that all he did was hit hard don’t watch football. They seen how hard he hit that punter in the Pro Bowl and think that’s all he could do. That kid picked off passes left and right. He would’ve been a surefire Hall of Famer no doubt about it.

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