Thursday, November 6, 2008
The Washington Redskins will honor safety Sean Taylor before the Nov. 30 game with the New York Giants, inducting him into the team's Ring of Fame one year after his slaying. Taylor was shot while home in Florida with his family last year. He died on Nov. 27.
"It's appropriate that Sean joins our Ring of Fame after a stellar career cut short far too soon," Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement released by the team. "His life touched so many of us in such deep and lasting ways. His presence is all around us, in our organization and among our fans."
Taylor, who was 24, will be the 43rd member of the Redskins organization admitted into the Ring of Fame, which honors those who have made distinguished contributions to the team. He is the first since Gary Clark entered on Oct. 7, 2007. The ceremony will feature a tribute and messages from former teammates as well as the presentation of a commemorative plaque to members of Taylor's family.
Taylor, who left behind a baby daughter, was a two-time Pro Bowl selection after the Redskins made him the fifth pick of the 2004 NFL draft following an all-American career at the University of Miami. He possessed a dazzling array of size, speed, instincts, athleticism and range and was developing into one of the most complete safeties in the NFL before his death.
The Redskins rallied to reach the playoffs following his funeral last season, winning four straight games, and a placard in his honor has hung at FedEx Field since his passing. His lockers at FedEx Field and Redskins Park have also been kept in place as he left them in remembrance.
-- Jason La Canfora