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Friends, Family and Officials React

Friday, November 30, 2007

"We would like to thank everyone for their love and support and prayers in this difficult time. Your support has provided comfort and understanding and has allowed us to know how Sean has touched so many lives. We would like to thank the Redskins organization for their support as well and for giving Sean the opportunity he has had to play professional football. His memory will live on for a long time."

- Donna Junor, Sean Taylor's mother, in a statement

"The sad part about every incident, you bring up all of this old stuff in his past and he's the one that's been victimized. . . . I don't see where there is respect in that. I think he was totally misunderstood and, definitely, the way a lot of people are trying to bring up this old stuff is just frustrating. It's frustrating to know that a young kid at 24 years old is gone and there is no more Sean Taylor and that guy came from my school, that guy I watched, that guy I raised. Misunderstood, I think, is kind of an understatement."

- Former Univ. of Miami player Ray Lewis

"They could have said [the funeral] was in another country and the University of Miami players would make sure we're there. Where it is doesn't matter to me. The main thing is being there. This is someone who was big to us, who was one of us. . . . Everybody is trying to figure out how to get there. Reggie [Wayne, of the Indianapolis Colts] has the sweetest deal. The owner is giving him his plane. That owner has a big heart, man."

- Arizona running back Edgerrin James

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Sean Taylor's family. The University of Miami is one big family and we lost a brother today. Sean and I had a special bond. We came into college together, we left for the NFL the same year and were drafted right next to each other. Sean's future was taken away from him by a senseless act of violence. I am at a loss for words to describe the pain I feel for Sean and his family right now."

- Browns tight end Kellen Winslow

"I'm deeply saddened by the passing of Sean Taylor. I recruited Sean to Miami, where he went on to have a great career. He energized his teammates with his love of football, his charismatic personality and his willingness to compete at the highest level. It's a real tragedy to see his life end so suddenly and for no reason. I know he recently had a daughter who meant the world to him and my heart goes out to her and the rest of the Taylor family."

- Former University of Miami coach Butch Davis

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