I have never before been upset over a celebrity death. I think the reason is that Sean Taylor represented so much to the Washington Redskins and the D.C. area. He was someone who gave a team that hadn't had success in over 10-years something to be proud of on Sundays. When I would watch the games with my dad we would always enjoy watching Taylor make the big hit or big interception. Even though the team has a long way to go, at least we have Taylor. He was the promise of great things to come. He was a man who could do things athletically that none of us could ever even fathom doing. Taylor gave the Redskins defense and the entire team an identity. #21 also was someone who you could relate to in some ways. He had made mistakes in the past like all of us had. He had also turned his life around when he became a father and also become a better player on the field. This was something that Redskins fans had been talking about all year.
The world lost someone who was just beginning to become a great player and even better person. The worst part is there is no upside to this tragedy. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. A little girl has lost her father. A mother and father have lost a son. The Redskins organization has lost its best player. Players have lost a friend, teacher, and teammate.
I just hope that the punks who did this are brought to justice and never take another breath as free men. At least that will make it easier to sleep at night. The only other good thing I can think of is that G-d drafted one hell of a safety.