The National Football League (NFL) team removed their jersey number on the 21st in a ceremony ahead of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs. During the pre-game ceremony, nearly 100 former players were also honored at FedExField in Prince George County, Maryland, the Washington football team said in a statement. Press release
This is the third time in the Washington football team’s 89-year history that a jersey number has been retired, according to the team.
âI entered the NFL the same year as Sean Taylor and immediately his athleticism, resilience, courage and hard work ethic set him apart. Me and many others saw him as a role model. “said Jason Wright, president of the Washington football team. in the output.
“The fact that he was tragically kidnapped so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, coaches and staff. We will continue to remember him and see him as an example of professionalism and excellence. , and we will all strive to reflect its excellence in our own way. “
Taylor was 24 when he was shot dead in an apparent burglary at his Miami home, where he was in rehabilitation from a knee injury. He died the next day.
Police said Taylor and his girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, were woken up by noise coming from the living room in early November 26. Taylor got up and locked the bedroom door, but the door was kicked in and two shots were fired.
A bullet hit the femoral artery in Taylor’s leg, causing massive blood loss. Garcia and the couple’s 18-month-old daughter are unharmed.
Four men have been charged with first degree murder in Taylor’s shooting death.
Tribute to father, brother and football star
Taylor played for the Washington soccer team
all four seasons of his NFL career, according to the team. He was considered one of the most impactful players in the NFL.
The 2004 first-round pick also played at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003.
Taylor recorded 257 tackles (206 solo) in his brief career, two sacks and seven interceptions.
Dubbing him “the prototype of free NFL security,” Washington credited Taylor’s team-fighting prowess for sending him to his first Pro Bowl after 2006.
In addition to removing his jersey number, the Washington football team also renamed the road to FedExField as Sean Taylor Road in his honor, the statement said.
During the ceremony, Taylor’s family
– including her daughter, fiance, father and siblings – joined the Washington football team on the field, holding his framed jersey and loose towels with his jersey number on it.
The rally towels,
designed after the original towel created after Taylor’s death, were also made available to fans for purchase, with all proceeds going to the Sean Taylor Legacy Project, run by his daughter Jackie Taylor.
His family also received a private visit to Taylor’s locker, which was “perfectly preserved from his last game,” the statement said.
Wright apologized later Thursday to fans who wanted to attend the ceremony at FedExField to attend at the time but were unable due to the late notice.
âWe knew Alumni Weekend was a good time to retire Number 21 so we could have multiple generations of Legends out there to honor their brother Burgundy & Gold,â Wright said.
“We planned to do it right … But we missed the execution and as a result we realize that we have deeply hurt a lot of our fans. And for that, me and us as an organization are sorry. “
In order to make everyone feel included, the pre-match tribute video
was posted on social media and the halftime ceremony was also broadcast live.
The Washington football team lost the game to the Kansas City Chiefs 31-13.