Although it’s been five years since Sean Taylor was shot in his Florida home, this weekend he was honored as one of the 80 greatest Redskins. His father, Pedro “Pete” Taylor, was the one who accepted the honor along with Sean’s 6-year-old daughter, Jackie.
“Man, Sean Taylor is really legendary,” Miami senior cornerback Brandon McGee said. “A lot of people, when they think UM safeties, he’s the first thing that comes to mind. It’s just honor and respect for those who paved the way.”
Last month, Pedro “Pete” Taylor, was invited to join the Washington Redskins team in a pregame huddle, before the team hosted the Carolina Panthers at FedEx Field. He died on November 27th, and five years later he is still remembered by members of the Washington Redskins to University of Miami players to PeeWee players in South Florida.
Ryan Clark, a former Redskins teammate, tweeted yesterday morning “Morning!! Remembering & honoring a great man, father and football player!! R.I.P my friend!! Love you Sean!”
Taylor was only 24 years old when he was shot at his home by an intruder, only 18 months after his daughter’s birth. Taylor and his girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, were sleeping that morning when they were awakened by loud noises. A few moments later someone entered the bedroom door and fired two shots, one missing and one hitting Taylor.
“I am devastated over the loss of Sean Taylor,” Miami coach Randy Shannon said. “He was passionate about everything he did and was a great friend to his teammates. My thoughts are with his family.”