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

      PART IV

      SPECIAL FEATURE: Sean Taylor

      NO. 21 BECOMES NO. 43


      The late Sean Taylor will take his place among Redskins greats when he is inducted into the franchise’s Ring of Fame in a ceremony prior to tonight’s game against the New York Giants at FedExField.

      Tonight is the first game following the one-year anniversary of Taylor’s tragic death at the age of 24, which occurred on Nov. 27 of last year in Miami.

      “It’s appropriate that Sean joins our Ring of Fame after a stellar career cut short far too soon,” said Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder. “His life touched so many of us in such deep and lasting ways. His presence is all around us, in our organization and among our fans.

      Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato added, “Sean was developing into one of the best to ever play the safety position, as well as becoming a role model to those who knew him. He still touches us every day in some way on and off the field.”

      Taylor is the 43rd member admitted into the Ring of Fame, which honors those who have made distinguished contributions to the team. He is the first since Gary Clark entered on Oct 7, 2007.

      Tonight’s ceremony includes a tribute and messages from former teammates as well as the presentation of a commemorative plaque to members of Taylor’s family.

      Taylor was one of the most unique and dynamic athletes the game has seen. Despite playing less than four NFL seasons. he was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

      The Redskins made him the fifth pick of the 2004 NFL Draft following his All-America career at the University of Miami.

      This evening, No. 21 becomes No. 43 in terms of Redskins Ring of Fame members.

      43 Members of the Redskins’ Ring of Fame
      (Doc’s Note: This is as of November 30, 2006)

      George Allen
      Cliff Battles
      Sammy Baugh
      Gene Brito
      Larry Brown
      Dave Butz
      Gary Clark
      Jack Kent Cooke
      Wayne Curry
      Bill Dudley
      Pat Fischer
      Joe Gibbs
      Darrell Green
      Russ Grimm
      Chris Hanburger
      Ken Harvey
      Len Nauss
      Phil Hochberg
      Ken Houston
      Sam Huff
      Joe Jacoby
      Dick James
      Sonny Jurgensen
      Charlie Justice
      Billy Kilmer
      Eddie LeBaron
      Vince Lombardi
      Dexter Manley
      Charles Mann
      George Preston Marshall
      Wayne Millner
      Bobby Mitchell
      Art Monk
      Mark Moseley
      Brig Chevens
      Vince Promuto
      John Riggins
      Jerry Smith
      Charley Taylor
      Sean Taylor
      Joe Theismann
      Bubba Tyer
      Doug Williams

      GAMEDAY MAGAZINE, November 30, 2006

      —When the Redskins drafted Sean Taylor with the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, they envisioned the former Miami Hurricane as an intimidating force in their defense. Taylor certainly lived up to that characterization.

      —Sean Taylor was leading the NFL in interceptions early in the 2007 season. Taylor picked off Eli Manning on Week 3 as Manning sought out Plaxico Burress. At Green Bay on Week 6, Taylor picked off Brett Favre twice.

      —Gregg Williams always told his defensive players: “Make sure that if Sean gets a pick, you get back and block for him.” Williams said Taylor was the best player he’d ever coached.

      —Donovan McNabb and many NFL quarterbacks learned quickly that Sean Taylor always had to be accounted for: Taylor had his first career TD after recovering a fumble and diving into the end zone in Philadelphia on New Year’s Day of 2006.

      —London Fletcher put it this way in 2007: “You hear tings about Sean being standoffish. But he hasn’t been like that at all.” Added Fletcher: “I see a player and a person who has grown so much.”

      —Equipment manager Brad Berlin recalls that Sean Taylor came to the Redskins at a time (2004) when Fred Smoot was wearing No. 21. “Then after Fred went to Minnesota, Sean wanted No. 21. He never really explained why,” Berlin noted.

      —DALLAS WEEK SNIPPET: Sean Taylor was right on the spot after Troy Vincent blocked Mike Vanderjagt’s field goal try in 2006. That set up Nick Novak’s winning field goal from 47 yards out. Redskins 22, Dallas 19.

      —Sean Taylor was fast enough to contend with some of the game’s top wide receivers. Taylor stopped Anquan Boldin of the Cardinals on Week 7 at FedExField last year.

      —In the 2005 opener, Sean Taylor and Walt Harris combined to defend Chicago’s Justin Gage in a game the Redskins won 9-7. Taylor’s ability to range from sideline to sideline was exceptional.

      —“You think about Sean, and you think, he gave it his all. He fought,” said Clinton Portis.

      —“Sean took pride in working hard for this organization and for his teammates,” said Andre Carter.

      —In 2005 at St. Louis, Sean Taylor came hard on a blitz and corralled Rams quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Redskins won 24-9 and began a six-game winning streak.

      —During his four years with the Redskins, Sean Taylor was responsible for any number of game-changing plays, including a turnover recovery in San Francisco.
      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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