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    • Doc's Blast from the Past -- Special Edition Part III

      PART III

      PLAYER PROFILE: Sean Taylor

      By: Casey Husband, Redskins GameDay Editor-in-Chief

      The following is a story presented on Redskins.com last Nov. 27, a Tuesday. as the news concerning Sean Taylor’s death was first circulating and as Redskins fans everywhere were first beginning to hold commemorative events in his name.

      It’s basically accurate to say that your first impressions of a person can speak a great deal. In the case of Sean Taylor, though, that’s not the case.

      Initially, Taylor seemed aloof, distant and wholeheartedly unapproachable. He was basically famous, or infamous, for not trusting those who were new to him.

      Once you penetrated some of that, though, Taylor’s personality found a way to shine through.

      Most Redskins fans got to know Taylor from afar. As evidenced by the 30 fans holding a prayer vigil outside Redskins Park on Monday evening, they had hoped that they would get to know more of him in the future. Unfortunately, tragically, Taylor passed away early Tuesday morning at a hospital in Miami. He was hospitalized after he was shot at his home in Miami early Monday morning.

      In his fourth year in the NFL. the 24-year-old gifted athlete out of South Florida had begun to open up. Teammates said he had matured due to new family responsibilities. He was engaged to be married to his girlfriend Jackie and he had a 1-year-old daughter, also named Jackie, born to his girlfriend in May 2006.

      Coaches say his first Pro Bowl also changed him a great deal, making him more of a committed professional.

      1 just take this job very seriously,” Taylor said in a rare interview last training camp. “It’s almost like you play a kid’s game for a king’s ransom.

      “And if you don’t take it serious enough, eventually one day you’re going to say, ‘Oh, I could have done this, I could have done that.’

      “So I just say, ‘I’m healthy right now, I’m going into my fourth year, and why not do the best that I can?”‘

      One personal anecdote: Whenever I travel with the Redskins for an away game, the first thing I do upon arriving at the team hotel is to put on a pair of sneakers and head out for a walk.

      This year, Sean Taylor accompanied me on occasion. And on those walks he liked to talk about things other than football.

      I found him to be a young man with a great deal of interests about life and the world around him.

      That may not be something you discern when you first meet him. What I’m suggesting here is that there was a side of his personality that was really refreshing and it was something other than Sean Taylor, Pro Bowl safety.

      He had more than his share of trouble in the past, some of it his own doing. For all of that, Sean Taylor did seem to be a changed person this year.

      That’s how he should be remembered by Redskins fans.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Doc's Blast from the Past -- Special Edition started by Docsandy View original post
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