It was six years ago that the world found out that four year free safety Sean Taylor passed away from a gunshot wound he sustained during a failed home invasion.
I remember I was sitting in my living room watching SportsCenter when the news actually broke. Being a fan of the Miami Hurricanes and watching him during his college days, I was not only shocked but upset. I never knew that guy personally, but it was still a terrible feeling.
A 24 year old player who had all the potential in the world, looked as if he was on his way to having a Hall of Fame career. Although I played offensive tackle/guard in my days, I’ve always been a bigger fan of defensive players. Mainly those guys who hit harder than the rest.
Sean Taylor was one of those safeties who would flatten you no matter how big you were. If he had a full head of steam and was running in your direction, there was a good chance your helmet was coming off after impact.
Taylor had 299 tackles, 12 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, two sacks and two touchdowns before he was murdered. He’ll still go down as one of the greatest Free Safeties to ever play the game, even though he suited up for three and a half seasons.
He was also selected to the Pro Bowl in December of 2007.
R.I.P. Sean Michael Maurice Taylor.