November 27, 2007
A family is mourning a son, and a football team, one of its up and coming defensive players.
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor died Tuesday morning at a Miami hospital, after being shot in his Florida home.
The 24-year-old was airlifted to the hospital early Monday. According to a family friend Taylor s girlfriend called 9-1-1 after someone broke through the couple's bedroom door and fired two shots.
One bullet hit Taylor in the upper leg, damaging an artery and causing the massive blood loss that took his life.
Police are investigating the attack and whether it is related to a reported intruder at the house eight days earlier.
In 2004 Taylor, a former All-American at the University of Miami, was a
first round draft pick for the Redskins.
Taylor missed the last two games because of a sprained knee, but he
had a reputation as one of hardest hitters in the league, that landed him a spot in the 2006 Pro-Bowl, the N-F-L s all star game.
"He was a good hitter and everything else.. but now he is gone, life is short" said Redskins fan Kevin Jackson.
"He was just shining, that what I was thinking this morning he had
just started to shine" said another fan.
Taylor had some trouble with both the League and the law. He paid thousands of dollars in fines to the NFL, and spent a year in court battling assault charges. But teammates say they noticed a real turnaround following the birth of his daughter last year.
Now family, friends and fans are left to remember Taylor as a huge talent who loved the game.