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
, 是 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
Honoring the father, 哥哥, and football star
Taylor played for the Washington Football Team all four seasons of his NFL career
, according to the team
. 他是 regarded as one of the hardest-hitting players in the NFL
的 2004 first-round draft pick also played at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003.
257 铲球 (206 独奏) during his brief career
, two sacks and seven interceptions
“the prototype NFL free safety
,” Washington credited Taylor’s team-leading tackling prowess for sending him to his first Pro Bowl after
Along with retiring his jersey number, the Washington Football Team also renamed the road leading to FedExField as Sean Taylor Road in his honor, 根据发布.
During the ceremony
, Taylor’s family
— including his daughter
, 未婚夫, 父亲, and siblings
— joined the Washington Football Team on the field
, holding his framed jersey and flying towels with his jersey number
的 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, which has been “perfectly preserved from his last game,” 发布说.
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,” Wright said.
“We planned to do this right… But we screwed up the execution and, 结果是, 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
, 的 pregame tribute video was posted on social media and the halftime ceremony was also 直播.
The Washington Football Team lost the game against the Kansas City Chiefs 31-13.