Five years ago today, Redskins Nation mourned the loss of S Sean Taylor. Taylor was well on his way to be the most dominating Safety in the game. Troubled by inner city problems, Taylor got off to a rough start. However, through assistance from players like Santana Moss and Clinton Portis, Taylor was able to break away from his past, straighten out his life, and focused on playing football and raising his young family.
On November 26, 2007, Taylor was shot and killed by intruders that broke into his Miami home, 8 days after another robbery at his home. Taylor was in Miami with his fiancee and baby daughter recovering from a knee injury. When awoken in the middle of the night by intruders, Taylor was shot in the upper leg, rupturing his femoral artery. Taylor remained comatose for nearly 24 hours before succumbing to death. His death sent shock waves though the NFL and crushed the Redskins fan base.
As difficult as it is for Redskins fans to mourn the loss of Taylor today, it is even more difficult for the Taylor family and the Redskins to fathom that five years later, the identified gunman has yet to stand trial. Five persons were arrested. None have sat for trial yet. How is it possible that Jerry Sandusky could have been put away for life in six months time from his despicable, horrific acts at Penn State University, but a murder of a well known, popular sports figure, remains elusive. Mind boggling.
Here's to you Sean! Thank you for your blessed memories you provided Redskins Nation. Here's to the great father you were in such a short span of time. Here's to the great kid and son you were to your parents. Here's to the great player and friend you were to your teammates. Sean, you will not be and never have been forgotten. Hopefully, some day, some day soon, closure will be provided by justice served.