NFL: Sean Taylor, Late Washington Safety, Died 13 Years Ago Today

by Joe Rutland

Sean Taylor was a rising star in the National Football League, making plays left and right for the then-Washington Redskins. In a moment of bravery, though, his life ended at 24 years old.

Taylor, a Pro Bowl safety and a former first-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by Washington, was shot and killed during a botched robbery attempt at his Miami, Fla.-area home.

Memories Pour Out For Sean Taylor

Coaches, sports reporters and others in the sports world still recall Taylor’s effect on the game in different ways.

Washington Football Team Coach Ron Rivera opened his Friday morning press conference by remembering Taylor as well as longtime NFL coach Jim Hanifan, who died earlier this week.

ESPN NBA host Rachel Nichols tweeted out on Friday morning.

BroBible shared a video clip of Taylor squaring off in the defensive backfield against legendary wide receiver Randy Moss.

ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick, who scouted Taylor and helped the University of Miami standout land with the Redskins, shared his memories a couple of years ago.

Back in 2017 at the 10-year anniversary of Taylor’s death, reporter Clinton Yates wrote an appreciation piece about the late player for The Undefeated.

“Sean Taylor was a hard ass, excellent football player,” Yates wrote. “He was also a soft-spoken man who preferred to talk about his family more than anything. He’d recently had a daughter before his death, something that clearly changed his entire outlook on life and his job. He was a focused man. He was on his way to being one of the best players in the NFL, if not ever. Sean Taylor was the best football player Washington had seen in a generation.”

In 55 career games, Taylor totaled 262 tackles, 201 of them solo, and two sacks. He picked off NFL quarterbacks 12 times.