Tuesday, December 4, 2007
"One thing I hope comes out of this is the media getting a small lesson in grace and humility . . . for recklessly speculating that this young man's death was caused by the way he lived. They should be ashamed. The next time . . . they have the inclination to tarnish a reputation again, I hope that they will take a look at Sean Taylor and do it a little differently."
Otis Wallace, the mayor
of Florida City, Fla., where
Taylor's father is police chief
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"Sean didn't lose his life, Sean gave his life. Father, he wasn't in the street, he was home. . . . Sean was making the right decisions. He gave his life making the right decisions."
The Rev. David Peay Sr.
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"It's times like this that make all of us struggle to find the meaning in life. The NFL is proud of Sean Taylor. He loved football and football loved him back. But more important is what he was as a man and what he was becoming as a man."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
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"Thanks for being a hero and giving your life to protect Jackie and Jackie."
Drew Rosenhaus, Taylor's agent, speaking of Taylor's girlfriend and daughter, both named Jackie
"Even champions live in danger. None of us will say, even champions, that our homes are safe. We've accepted violence as the norm. It must be rejected."
The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson (Pictured above with Pedro Taylor, Sean Taylor's father)
"He was always smiling in the locker room. He said, 'Clinton, you always smile; I wonder how you can do that' and I said, 'I'm thinking the same thing about you.' You'd be tired, ready to get in the shower and he'd come up and say, 'Man, you see 'The Flintstones' the other night? . . . Whatever you do, do it with all the heart you have."
Redskins running back Clinton Portis
"You imagine that your boys and your loved ones are okay and always will be. Sean, I love you as my brother, as my friend . . . The rest of my teammates that I never took advantage of the opportunity to let you guys know how much I love and care about you guys, this is the time to do it. This is a great start for me. I'm going to miss him with all my heart. . . . I thought when he came to the Redskins that I was his guardian angel. I know he was one of my guardian angels. He was there for me. Today, he's one of mine."
Former Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington
"I saw a maturing process that took place in his life. . . . For me personally, I want to play on Sean's team [in the afterlife]. God, take care of Sean till we get home."
Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs
"I have never come across anyone who loved their partner the way my sister loved Sean. She loved him from the moment she laid eyes on him. It was the same day Sean went home and told his stepmother he needed to learn Spanish because he met Jackie."
Carolina Garcia, speaking
on behalf of Jackie Garcia,
Sean Taylor's girlfriend
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"All I want to see is his smile again. He had the best smile in the world. . . . I know he can hear me. I'm waiting to see you again, but I know you are home."
Jazmin Taylor, Taylor's
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"Before the game he looked at me and said, 'Uncle Mike, what do I do?' I said, 'You hit the guy with the ball.' And that's what he did. Over and over and over."
Michael Outar, Taylor's uncle, on Sean's first day of football as a child