The Washington Football Team is retiring NFL star Sean Taylor's jersey after he was killed 14 anni fa

La squadra di calcio di Washington ha reso omaggio domenica all'amata leggenda del calcio Sean Taylor, chi è stato ucciso 2007 proteggendo la sua famiglia da un furto in casa.

La Lega Nazionale di Calcio (NFL) team retired his jersey number, 21, during a ceremony before their game against the Kansas City Chiefs. During the pregame ceremony, quasi 100 alumni players were also honored at FedExField in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the Washington Football Team said in a comunicato stampa giovedi.
This is the third time in the Washington Football Team’s 89-year history a jersey number was retired, secondo la squadra.
    I came into the NFL the same year as Sean Taylor and immediately his athletic ability, resilience, grit, and relentless work ethic set him apart. I and many others looked to him as a role model,” Washington Football Team president Jason Wright said in the release.
      The fact that he was tragically taken so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, allenatori, and staff. We will continue to remember him and hold him up as an example of professionalism and excellence, and we will all strive to mirror his excellence in our own ways.
        Taylor was 24 years old when he was shot during an apparent burglary at his home in Miami, where he was rehabilitating after a knee injury. He died the next day.
        Police said Taylor and his girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, erano awakened by noise coming from the living room early November 26. Taylor got up and locked the bedroom door, but the door was kicked in and two shots were fired.
          A bullet struck the femoral artery in Taylor’s leg, causing massive blood loss. Garcia and the couple’s 18-month-old daughter were unharmed.
          Four men were charged with felony first-degree murder in Taylor’s shooting death.

          Honoring the father, fratello, and football star

          Taylor played for the Washington Football Team all four seasons of his NFL career, secondo la squadra. È stato regarded as one of the hardest-hitting players in the NFL.
          Il 2004 first-round draft pick also played at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003.
          Taylor recorded 257 affronta (206 solo) during his brief career, two sacks and seven interceptions.
          Dubbing himthe prototype NFL free safety,” Washington credited Taylor’s team-leading tackling prowess for sending him to his first Pro Bowl after 2006.
          Along with retiring his jersey number, the Washington Football Team also renamed the road leading to FedExField as Sean Taylor Road in his honor, secondo il comunicato.
          Sean Taylor during the playoff game in January 7, 2006 a Tampa, Florida.

          During the ceremony, Taylor’s familyincluding his daughter, fidanzato, padre, and siblingsjoined the Washington Football Team on the field, holding his framed jersey and flying towels with his jersey number.
          Il rally towels, designed after the original towel created following Taylor’s death, have also been made available for fans to purchase, with all proceeds going to The Sean Taylor Legacy Project, led by his daughter Jackie Taylor.
          His family was also given a private visit at Taylor’s locker, che è stato “perfectly preserved from his last game,” ha detto il comunicato.
          Wright issued an apology later Thursday to fans who wanted to attend the ceremony at FedExField to witness the moment but were unable to due to the late notice.
          We knew alumni weekend was the right moment for us to retire #21 so that we could have several generations of legends there to honor their Burgundy & Gold brother,” Ha detto Wright.
          We planned to do this rightBut we screwed up the execution and, di conseguenza, we realize that we hurt many of our fans deeply. And for that I and we as an organization are sorry.
            In efforts to make everyone feel included, il pregame tribute video was posted on social media and the halftime ceremony was also livestreamed.
            The Washington Football Team lost the game against the Kansas City Chiefs 31-13.

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