Safety Ryan Clark embarked on his second stint with the Washington Redskins today as the team opened up their OTA’s, though Clark wasn’t on the field in his familiar number.
Wanting to pay homage to former Redskin player and good friend, Sean Taylor, Clark came out onto the practice field wearing Taylor’s famed #21 jersey.
Clark of course played for the Redskins during the 2004 and 2005 seasons with Taylor and the two became very close, leading to Clark posting an image of the jersey hanging in his locker.
“Extremely honored and blessed to get another opportunity to rep for a friend!” Clark wrote on Instagram. “Miss ya bro! R.I.P S. Dot!”
As you may have heard, Clark previously asked Taylor’s former fiancee if she would be okay with him wearing Taylor’s number, a notion which she happily accepted.
Clark explained his desire to wear the jersey on the LaVar and Dukes show.
“Every time somebody asks me why I wear a different number to practice, I get to tell Sean’s story,” Clark said. “I get to tell people about the guy I love. I get to tell people about the guy who was possibly on his way to being the greatest safety to ever play the game. And that got cut short. He never got to realize his full potential. But it gives me the opportunity to remind people of him.”
The Redskins do not retire jersey numbers, though, nobody has worn Taylor’s #21 since his untimely passing after being shot and killed during a home invasion at age 24.