Washington football team takes off NFL star Sean Taylor’s jersey after he was killed 14 years ago
This is the third time in the Washington football team’s 89-year history that a jersey number has been retired, according to the team.
“I entered the NFL the same year as Sean Taylor and immediately his athleticism, resilience, courage and hard work ethic set him apart. Me and many others saw him as a role model. “said Jason Wright, president of the Washington football team. in the output.
“The fact that he was tragically kidnapped so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, coaches and staff. We will continue to remember him and see him as an example of professionalism and excellence. , and we will all strive to reflect its excellence in our own way. “
Tribute to father, brother and football star
The 2004 first-round pick also played at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003.
In addition to removing his jersey number, the Washington football team also renamed the road to FedExField as Sean Taylor Road in his honor, the statement said.
His family also had a private visit to Taylor’s locker, which was “perfectly preserved from his last game,” the statement said.
Wright apologized later Thursday to fans who wanted to attend the ceremony at FedExField to attend at the time but were unable due to the late notice.
“We knew Alumni Weekend was a good time to retire Number 21 so we could have multiple generations of Legends out there to honor their brother Burgundy & Gold,” Wright said.
“We planned to do it right … But we missed the execution and as a result we realize that we have deeply hurt a lot of our fans. And for that, me and us as an organization are sorry. “
The Washington football team lost the game to the Kansas City Chiefs 31-13.