Sean Taylor: NFL star’s life tragically cut short

Washington Redskin’s Safety Sean Taylor was developing a reputation of becoming one of the best safeties in the NFL. Nicknamed Meast ( for half man and half beast) for his tenacious and hard play on the football field, Taylor was becoming one the most feared players in the NFL, not even at the peak of his career. Sadly we will never know how good Sean Taylor will be.Sean Taylor, recovering from a knee injury at his home in Palmetto Bay, Florida, was shot on November 26th around 1:45 a.m. in his upper leg. He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he underwent several hours of surgery. The Doctor’s were very optimistic about his recovery, due to the significant blood loss that he had. Around 5:30 Eastern Standard time, Sean Taylor was pronounced dead, he was 24. Sean Taylor is second NFL player that has been shot and killed this year. (Broncos Safety Darren Williams was killed on January 1st in Denver.)

Sean Michael Maurice Taylor was born April 1, 1983 in Miami, Florida. Taylor was born to play football, in high school at Gulliver Prep, in suburban Miami, he help his team win the 2A state football title in the year 2000. The multi athletic Taylor, putt up staggering numbers his senior season, he had 1,300 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns, and also he posted 200 tackles. He was one the most decorated players coming out of high school. Taylor recruited by everyone but chose to attend Miami. (Are often referred to as the U)

At the University of Miami, where he wore no. 26. With his color changed shield and his furious presence, Taylor started out playing as a true freshmen in dime and nickel packages. His sophomore year he moved into being a starter were he 85 tackles and 4 interceptions; however his finest season as a Hurricane came his junior year, where he had 77 tackles and 10 interceptions. Taylor was also voted first team all- American. At the March 2003 Combine, he ran a 4.45, bench pressed 225 11 times and scored 10 on the wonderlic test.

His outstanding performance on the field and at the combine propelled him up draft broads. In the April 2004 draft, he was taken as the fifth overall draft pick of the Washington Redskins, were he signed a 7 year 18 million dollar contract. In his short career in Washington, he compiled 299 tackles 12 interceptions and 8 forced fumbles.

Taylor does have a trouble past; he has been fined several times by the NFL for late hits and has had several run-in with law enforcement. No one knows the circumstances that surround his death. At this time no further details have been released. Sean Taylor leaves behind, his girlfriend and his one year old daughter Jackie.