The Washington Football Team on Sunday will officially retire the #21 jersey of the late Sean Taylor during a ceremony at FedEx Field with his family in attendance.
The event, which will be held during WTF’s Alumni Homecoming as the team hosts the Kansas City Chiefs, marks just the third time in the franchise’s 89-year history that a number will be officially retired.
Taylor who died in 2007 after he was shot during a robbery attempt at his Florida home, played for Washington during all four seasons of his NFL career. After being selected fifth overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, he established himself as one of the top young safeties in the league and a fan favorite.
“I came into the NFL the same year as Sean Taylor and immediately his athletic ability, resilience, grit, and relentless work ethic set him apart,” WFT President Jason Wright said in a statement. “I and many others looked to him as a role model. The fact that he was tragically taken so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, coaches, and staff. We will continue to remember him and hold him up as an example of professionalism and excellence, and we will all strive to mirror his excellence in our own ways.”
Taylor was posthumously honored by the NFL and named a second-team All-Pro selection in 2007. The following year, Washington announced he would be inducted as the 43rd member of its Washington Ring of Fame.