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RIP Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor, the outstanding safety for the Washington Redskins and the #5 overall selection in the 2004 NFL Draft, has passed away after being shot in his home.  He was 24 years old.

Taylor, who had been at home nursing a knee injury, was shot by someone who had broken into his home.  It was the second such break-in at Taylor's home over the past week.  The intruder shot Taylor in the leg, severing his femoral artery and causing Taylor to lose a great deal of blood.

There really aren't words to describe the feeling when something like this occurs.  Sean Taylor was supposed to lead the Redskins into the Metrodome in a month or so to take on the Vikings.  Just a few weeks ago, he was intercepting two passes up in Green Bay and playing outstanding football.  Now, we've all been robbed of the chance to see the man play football, and his family and friends have been robbed of him being a part of their lives.

In times like this, it needs to be realized that the latter is infinitely more important than the former.  Football is just a game, folks. . .but there are people out there that lose brothers, fathers, and friends every day.  The Taylor family has lost those things with Sean's passing, and that's a far greater tragedy than us losing him as a football player.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Taylor family, the Washington Redskins, and Redskins fans everywhere.

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Rest in peace, Sean Taylor.