Sean Taylor’s jersey number to be retired by Washington football team
Posted On October 14, 2021
As long as the Washington football team exists, no other player will wear the No. 21.
The team announced on Thursday that they would be removing the jersey number that belonged to the late Sean Taylor, the Pro Bowl double safety who was one of the league’s bright young stars before he was assassinated in 2007 at the age of 24 years old.
Taylor’s jersey will be retired Sunday afternoon when Washington plays host to the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I entered the NFL the same year as Sean Taylor and immediately his athleticism, resilience, courage and hard work ethic set him apart,” the president of the football team said Thursday. Washington, Jason Wright, in a statement. “I and many others saw him as a role model. The fact that he was tragically caught so early hurt our playing community, but also our fans, coaches and staff. We will continue to remember him and to take him as an example of professionalism and excellence, and we will all strive to reflect his excellence in our own way. ”
The event will coincide with the Franchise Alumni Return Weekend, during which nearly 100 former players will be in attendance. Taylor’s number will be retired in a pre-game ceremony, marking only the third time the franchise has removed a number.
The team apologized for the short notice of the ceremony, which they said had been in the works for some time.
“We’ve been planning this weekend’s tribute to Sean Taylor since before the start of the season in partnership with Sean Taylor’s family and as part of our Alumni Weekend activities,” the team said. in a press release. “We look forward to re-dedicating Sean Taylor Road with friends, family and alumni of Sean Taylor’s squad and are delighted to officially remove his jersey during the match with our fans and alumni in attendance. of our Alumni Return Weekend activities. We apologize to the fans who would have liked more feedback and will continue to share with fans how we will celebrate Sean Taylor’s legacy over the next month or so. “
A limited number of fans who attend will receive Sean Taylor rally towels made from those the franchise handed out after his murder. Players will also wear helmet decals with Taylor’s No. 21 and coaches and staff will wear pins with Taylor’s number.
This marks another tribute to Taylor in just over a year. The Washington football team renamed a road leading to their stadium FedEx Field Sean Taylor Road in 2020.
Taylor played in the NFL from 2004 to 2007, all with Washington, winning Pro Bowl honors in his last two seasons. He finished with 305 tackles, 12 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, one fumble recovered and one touchdown. The year following his death, Taylor was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Taylor wore the No. 36 jersey during his rookie season, but changed it to No. 21 the following year.
He was the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, outside of the University of Miami.