The Washington football team announced Thursday that it will remove late safety Sean Taylor’s No.21 jersey ahead of Sunday’s home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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There will never be 21 again 💛
On Sunday we will officially remove Sean Taylor’s number
The ceremony will be part of Alumni Return Weekend, which will see Washington welcome nearly 100 alumni to FedExField.
Taylor was a two-time Pro Bowler in four seasons with Washington and a thriving star when he tragically died aged 24 in 2007 after being shot during a home invasion.
Washington football president Jason Wright said:
“I entered the NFL the same year as Sean Taylor and immediately his athleticism, resilience, courage and relentless work ethic set him apart. I and many others saw him as a role model. The fact that he was tragically taken at an early age hurt our community of players, but also our fans, our coaches and our staff. We will continue to remember him and view him as an example of professionalism and excellence, and we will all strive to reflect his excellence in our own way. “
The WFT added that they would officially rename the road to FedExField as Sean Taylor Road ahead of Sunday’s game. The first 10,000 fans to enter the stadium will also receive a commemorative Sean Taylor Rally towel.
After a remarkable college career in Miami, Taylor had all the makings of a superstar player and a potential Hall of Famer.
He made an instant impact after Washington selected him fifth overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, and he was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2006 after recording 114 tackles, seven assists defended, three forced escapes and an interception.
Taylor was also chosen posthumously to the Pro Bowl in 2007 after recording five interceptions in just nine games that season before his death.
Taylor will join an exclusive club on Sunday, becoming the third player in franchise history to have his number officially withdrawn. The others are quarterback Sammy Baugh and wide receiver Bobby Mitchell.