Five years ago today, Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor was shot and killed during a home invasion. Taylor was going to be a dominant force in football for years to come, but his life was ripped away for no reason. On Tuesday, ESPN did a nice job of gathering interviews for a touching tribute to the fallen player.
Taylor was a freak of nature and I mean that as a compliment. He played safety like it should be played. He hit hard and was always ready to make the big play. He was just getting into a groove when his life ended. We may have ended up missing out on one of the best safeties to ever take the field.
The passing of Taylor rocked the sports world. I still remember where I was when I found that he had passed away. I remembered reading earlier in the day that he might be able to pull through but it was just too much. At the time, I can safely say that he was one of the most fun players to watch in the league.
At the time, the Redskins ended up paying one of the most fitting tributes to Taylor that they could. In the game after his passing, the team started on defense with only ten players. It was quite a touching moment and it meant a lot to sports fans everywhere.
It does not seem like it has been five years, but the memory of Taylor is going to live on in the minds of football fans everywhere.