ASHBURN, Virginia – The Washington football team will remove Sean Taylor’s No.21 jersey, making him the third player in franchise history to receive such an honor.
Taylor’s shirt number will be removed in a ceremony ahead of Sunday’s home game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team also announced Thursday that a road leading to the stadium will be renamed “Sean Taylor Road”.
Washington players will also wear a No.21 decal on their helmets on Sunday.
“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,” Washington President Jason Wright said in a statement. declaration. “The fact that he was tragically kidnapped so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, coaches and staff. We will continue to remember him and see him as an example of professionalism and excellence. , and we will all strive to reflect its excellence in our own way. “
Taylor was shot dead on November 27, 2007 in an attempted burglary at his Florida home and later died. According to his teammates and coaches, he was in the midst of his best NFL season at the time of his death, despite an injury at the time, and he was named to the Second All-Pro Team in 2007.
Taylor will join Sammy Baugh (No.33) and Bobby Mitchell (No.49) as the only Washington players to have their jersey numbers removed. Other numbers such as Darrell Green’s No.28, Art Monk’s No.81 and John Riggins’ No.44 have not been worn since these players retired. All three are in the Hall of Fame.
Washington drafted Taylor with the No.5 pick in 2004. He wore No.36 in his rookie season, then rose to No.21 the following year.
Taylor’s combination of height and athleticism made him a unique talent in Washington high school, and his popularity led to a number of securities later wearing the No. 21. Current Washington Security Landon collins, who wore no.21 when he was with the New York Giants, said he hoped Washington would draft it because that’s where Taylor played.