The life of former Washington safety Sean Taylor was tragically cut short in 2007. Over a decade on, The Washington Football Team are paying tribute to the NFL star in a special way.

We’re explaining the death of Sean Taylor and how Washington are remembering the athlete.

Sean Taylor’s death revisited

One of the most heart-breaking events in NFL history, Sean Taylor was sadly murdered in his Miami home back in November of 2007 during an attempted burglary. The athlete was just 24-years-old.

According to reports, the former safety was shot in the leg by a burglar as he attempted to protect his family. He passed the day following the incident of massive blood loss from a severed femoral artery.

Washington Football Team’s President Jason Wright shared a statement: “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.

“The fact that he was tragically taken so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, coaches, 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 Washington’s first-round pick as the fifth pick overall in the 2004 NFL draft. He played all four seasons of his NFL career with the team, pushing them to their first playoff win in six years. 

Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

How are Washington honouring the athlete?

Washington Football Team are retiring the late NFL star’s jersey number ahead of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, as per reports.

According to People, Taylor’s jersey number is only the third to be retired in the team’s 89-year history.

In a statement, WFT shared: “Taylor’s family will join the team on-field for a pre-game ceremony in which Taylor’s contributions to the team will be remembered alongside the retirement of his jersey number, 21.”

Washington alumni will also be honouring Taylor’s legacy via a community service project over the weekend at Burrville Elementary School in Washington, D.C., according to reports.

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