Tuesday, November 27, 2007

We Will Miss You Sean Taylor

You were one of the best in the game and we were all proud to say you were a part of our team and our life for four years.


Yard Yoder said...

This is something I wrote up for our school newspaper, I thought I'd post it here to.

Sean Taylor was not a larger then life figure. He shied away from the press, he wasn’t an outspoken character, a rarity in this football league. He went to work every day, shut up and did his job. He did it well.
With the news breaking that Sean Taylor was shot dead in his Miami Florida home, it leaves my fellow Redskins fans and I asking a lot of questions. There are a ton of unknowns, a ton of sorrow, a ton of gratitude for our own health and safety. The only things we can rely on for comfort now are the things we do know.
Sean Taylor was an amazing football player. He spent 24 years of his life doing just that. His size and fluidity made him a thing of beauty on the field, and his love for the game was all the justification he needed for the hard work he put in to be the best. He was the best.
Sean had a troubled past. He grew up in a rough neighborhood. He went to what many refer to as, “Criminal U,” the University of Miami. As many young star athletes do he got caught up in the wrong crowd. Sean got arrested after his first season in the league for taking the law into his own hands when property was stolen from him. In the end, justice was served.
All of those who were close to Sean knew that he matured incredibly in the past two years. As his coaches and players have all said, after the birth of his daughter he realized that his actions had consequences, and that his behavior was a reflection of not only himself, but of his team and family. He chose his words carefully. To those he started to open up to, which he had in the last two years, he was a smart and contentious individual.
To the former Redskins players I worked with this summer at D.C’s sports talk radio station, Sean was special. There was an undeniable gleam on their face when they spoke of him on and off the air. They had worked with many young athletes throughout their career, and I think they knew that Sean just, “got it.” D.C was proud of how far he had matured in only a matter of a few years.
Sometimes Sean would appear cold to the press after a hard loss, however it was most likely just due to his unmatched competitive spirit that he didn’t have the will to say anything at all. When Sean did speak to the press, it was occasionally for the pride he had for his team, or his love for University of Miami football. Mostly when he was caught talking on camera however, he was talking about how much he loved his little girl, Jackie.
But now we know that the incredibly talented, humble, potential filled young man’s life was stricken from him in his home as he slept with his girlfriend and young child. It has left a hole in the Redskins backfield, locker room, and the hearts of thousands of fans everywhere. What we are left with is just yet another heartless act of violence is felt in this country.
In the words of the late Robert F. Kennedy on the mindless menace of violence-
“But we can perhaps remember, if only for a time, that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek, as do we, nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can. Surely, this bond of common faith, this bond of common goal, can begin to teach us something. Surely, we can learn, at least, to look at those around us as fellow men, and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our own hearts brothers and countrymen once again”

Steph said...

Well put Willy