Five years ago this Tuesday on November 27, 2007, bruising Washington Redskins free safety Sean Taylor succumbed to a gunshot wound that penetrated his femoral artery during a botched burglary inside his lavish home in Palmetto Bay, Florida.
The 6-foot-2, 212 pound Taylor, who Washington selected out of the University of Miami with the fifth pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, reported that his place of residence was ransacked a mere eight days before being slain by the same posse of lowlife thugs.
While yellow journalists and badass Internet gossipers speculated that the former Hurricane was targeted due to his somewhat spotty lifestyle and sketchy entourage, doctors were unable to stop the massive bleeding and Taylor was pronounced dead at the tender age of 24.
Taylor, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who compiled 299 tackles, 12 interceptions, two sacks and eight forced fumbles in “the District,” was survived by his longtime girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, and their 18-month-old daughter.
The man nicknamed “Meast” because teammates contended his jarring hits proved he was “half man, half beast,” posthumously joined 42 other past members of The Burgundy and Gold in the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame in November 2008.
In a fitting and emotional tribute in the first game following Taylor’s homicide, the Redskins took the field defensively without a free safety and only 10 men on the gridiron against the Buffalo Bills on the contest’s initial play.
In the days after the Redskins paid homage to Taylor, bloodthirsty scumbags Venjah K. Hunte, Eric Rivera, Jr., Jason Scott Mitchell, Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow and Timothy Brown were arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
If the quintet of savages never existed, Taylor would be a 29-year-old man likely still thriving, and delivering thunderous blows, in the secondary.
Sadly, five worthless degenerates prevented Sean Taylor from ever having such an opportunity.