Her public appearances have been few since she was a toddler standing at the front of her father’s funeral. But now Jackie Taylor, the daughter of the Washington Redskins’ Sean Taylor, is a poised young girl and she was the natural choice to speak on his behalf as he was inducted into the University of Miami Ring of Honor on Friday.
“I’m so proud of how hard my father worked to receive this honor,” Jackie Taylor, 11, said, with her mother proudly looking on. “He took a lot of pride in his career as a Hurricane.”
Taylor was a consensus all-American in 2003, a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and was named the 2003 Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He was a first-round draft pick by the Redskins in 2004 and was beginning to cement his reputation as a ferocious hitter when he was shot to death in a home invasion 10 years ago this November.
Her presence was poignant and, amid other inductees Michael Irvin, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Warren Sapp, she stole the show, according to Irvin, and there weren’t many dry eyes in the house.
She made an impressive turn at Miami’s game Saturday, too.
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