Taylor's Dad Thanks Team for Its Support
Monday, January 7, 2008
Pedro Taylor, the father of slain Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, met with coaches a day after the team's season ended with a 35-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC first-round playoff game at Qwest Field.
Pedro Taylor, whose son died of a gunshot wound Nov. 27, arrived at Redskins Park around 10:15 a.m., stayed approximately 20 minutes and left carrying a poster of Sean Taylor and his teammates. Pedro Taylor then returned just before noon for a 40-minute visit.
Afterward, Taylor said he spoke with Coach Joe Gibbs, assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams, safeties coach Steve Jackson, assistant head coach-offense Joe Bugel and John Jefferson, director of player development.
Pedro Taylor, the Florida City, Fla., police chief, was in the Washington area to be a guest on Comcast's pre- and postgame Redskins shows Saturday. Taylor publicly thanked the organization while meeting with reporters, expressing his appreciation for the support he and his family have received in the wake of his son's death.
"I think that the character and leadership speaks volumes of the Redskins," Taylor said. "I stated before and I'll state it again: Just the way they fought, the heart and integrity and what they stand for, it's unspeakable. It's just appreciation, love for my family from this family, [and] we'll always be supportive of this team."
He said that Sean Taylor's 20-month-old daughter, Jackie, was doing "great."
"We'll continue to try to get memorabilia and things," Taylor said, "so that she can remind herself of her father and who he was."
Taylor, who left carrying a copy of Gibbs's book, "Racing to Win," also spoke highly of Redskins players and their performance in the final month of this season. The team finished with a four-game winning streak to clinch its first playoff appearance since the 2005 season and its third in 15 seasons.
"I'm elated, gracious and thankful because I knew how Sean felt about them," he said. "And to see that reciprocated back to him, it's just unbelievable. As they say: 'What you give is what you get.' And again, I want to say thank you for all the love they have given me and my family.
"It's priceless. Life is priceless, but when you give love and you receive it back, it's amazing. And you just say thank you."
Dolphins May Eye Williams
Williams is a candidate to become coach of the Miami Dolphins, according to a news report. It is widely believed that Bill Parcells, Miami's new vice president of football operations, is considering some of his longtime associates to succeed Cam Cameron, fired after a 1-15 season, with Dallas assistant head coach Tony Sparano seen as the leading candidate.
As of Sunday night, the Dolphins had not approached the Redskins for permission to interview Williams, league sources said. It would not be surprising, however, if Miami contacted Washington today regarding Williams. Under league rules, teams have 24 hours to inform coaches about formal interview requests.
Williams often has expressed how much he enjoys his position and working under Gibbs, and he would be considered a top candidate to replace Gibbs when the Hall of Famer decides to give up his coaching duties, but he probably would meet with the Dolphins if they pursue him.
Staff writers Liz Clarke and Jason La Canfora contributed to this report.