The Washington Soccer Staff made an announcement on Thursday that many followers felt was lengthy overdue. The workforce goes to retire Sean Taylor’s No. 21 jersey.
Taylor’s quantity will probably be retired as part of Sunday’s sport towards the Chiefs at FedEx Area, as Washington introduced on its official Twitter account.
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Taylor was the fifth choose within the 2004 NFL Draft and performed 55 video games for Washington. He totaled 305 tackles, 12 interceptions, 43 go defenses, eight compelled fumbles and two sacks throughout his three-and-a-half season profession. He made the Professional Bowl in every of his final two seasons and is famous for his huge hit on Payments punter Brian Moorman in that contest.
Sadly, Taylor’s life and profession had been reduce brief, as he was murdered in November of 2007 after burglars broke into his Miami home. He was shot within the leg throughout the theft and his femoral artery was severed. He was simply 24 years outdated.
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Taylor was en path to turning into top-of-the-line safeties within the NFL. He had 5 interceptions by 9 2007 video games on the time of his dying. He was a fan favourite, too, so it is easy to know why Washington is retiring his quantity.
Nonetheless, the workforce has come underneath hearth for the timing of the announcement. The NFL is at the moment embroiled in a scandal stemming from 650,000 emails generated from an investigation into Washington’s office tradition underneath proprietor Dan Snyder. The emails, most of which had been correspondences with decade-long common supervisor/workforce president Bruce Allen, have led to Jon Gruden’s departure from the Raiders and criticism for ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Many NFL personalities and media members took to Twitter and claimed that the announcement felt like an try to distract from Washington’s involvement in that scandal. Additionally they famous Washington gave months of discover for the retirement of Bobby Mitchell’s jersey final 12 months whereas giving only a few days discover about Taylor’s ceremony.
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Washington addressed the hypothesis shortly after their announcement and defined that the occasion had been within the works for weeks.
“We apologize to followers who would have appreciated extra discover and can proceed to share with followers methods we will probably be celebrating Sean Taylor’s legacy over the subsequent month,” a workforce spokesperson stated, per Matthew Paras.
Staff President Jason Wright additionally apologized for the “brief discover” given about Taylor’s jersey retirement.