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Posted at 8:19 AM ET, 03/ 4/2011

O.J. Atogwe says he won't be No. 21 with Redskins

By Cindy Boren

O.J. Atogwe quickly answered the question of what number he would wear with the Redskins Thursday night.

Atogwe, who formerly tweeted as @ojrams21, is now @blessedskins and has no intention of wearing his customary 21, a number that, in Washington, belonged most recently to Sean Taylor.

He tweeted, "Yup, its official. Taking it to the top, by the grace of God. Washington here we come..." and then asked, "first order of business, What number should we wear?"

With all due respect, I will not be rocking nor even asking to rock 21...less than a minute ago via web

By Cindy Boren  | March 4, 2011; 8:19 AM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Comments

I have no idea who this guy is, but already I really, really like him.

Posted by: taupecat | March 4, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Feel free to wear 21 it shouldnt be retired b/c of the potential of a player. #21 was the real thing by all means but wasnt around for a career of accolades.

Posted by: cmclaxton | March 4, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

@ cmclaxton

Get real, Sean was the best SS we had in a number of years. He should not wear the # or want to. He has respect unlike yourself.

Posted by: nell99dar | March 4, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

ummm Sean Taylor was a Free Safety..just sayin...

Posted by: kcy123 | March 4, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Look, Taylor was awesome and a up and coming superstar but it is just a number... the number did not make the man, the man, himself did. Just saying hypothetically..... if CP or Arrington or any other player that was a prominent skin figure at one time suddenly passed... are we going to not issue that number moving forward ??? Sooner or later, we run out of numbers. Again, I am just saying.. this is not to smash or be negative.. I am just making a simple comment. Personally I am not a big fan of the number 21 since Deion disgraced it when he attempted to play here... think of the guys that wore it.... Smoot, Mike Nelms, Taylor, Dieon just to name a few.

Posted by: rvanags | March 4, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

@ nell:
Chill out man, all cmclaxon said was Taylor wasn't around very long. It's a fact, no disrespect.

I am the one who will say what no one else will-- Taylor was a dirty headhunter who never helped the team win anything significant. Also penalized far too much to be considered a great.
He had potential to change and be an all-timer, but never got there. RIP

Posted by: Timo17 | March 4, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I too.... like this guy already.

#21 also belonged to terry allen & earnest byner. But after Taylor, it wouldn't feel right on anybody else.

Posted by: Scoonie97 | March 4, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Timo17,

Besides being a jerk you also need to get your facts straight. Did you forget that Taylor led the league in INTs at time of his passing? Did you forget that he was their biggest playmaker on defense & helped them to win several games including sevearl against DAL, a playoff clincher vs. PHI and their only recent playoff win against TB?

He actually helped them quite a bit in winning their only significant win in the last 10 years! He was also cleaning up his act on & off the field and was developing into one of the best players in the game.

I sure hope that you are not a Skins fan!

Posted by: Socal_wizfan | March 4, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

For the greybeards out there, #21 also was worn by the great Mike Nelms, one of the most electric kick returners I've ever seen.

That said, I doubt anyone will want to be the NEXT guy to wear the number after Taylor died. Wouldn't surprise me if we never see another Redskin wear it.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | March 4, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The number is not retired, but Atogwe "took his option" and appears to have chosen not to use #21. Seems about right, seems wise.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 4, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Yea, I wouldn't want Terry Allen to get offended. Wear 24 and honor Stanley Richard. He was a great safety for the Skins

Posted by: siessmack | March 4, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@ Timo17,

So a hard hitter and playing the game like it should be played make u a head hunter?

Wow! A guess u didn't watch him much ( The U & Redskins). I guess u and cmclaxton r saying remove him from the ring of honor too.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/30/AR2008113001618.html

Posted by: nell99dar | March 4, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor's death was, in all senses of the word, a TRAGEDY. I'm not ready to see someone else wearing the number, and I think there might be a few more who feel the same. Atogwe just earned a bit of respect in the eyes of this city.

Posted by: agalcius | March 4, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I would not worry so much about the number as I would about this guy's talent. I have a bad feeling we have another Archuleta on our hands. We really need to get some team speed out there, and I suspect this guy is slow. Aside from Moss and Brandon Banks, we don't have any. I'm praying for a good draft. Danny, stay away from free agents!!!

Posted by: JpJp | March 4, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

A very good sign. We need sportsmanship. The Redskins were
plagued and distracted by poor sportsmanship in spite of their efforts to rise above it. I welcome Oshiomogho and wish him
all the best. I'm exited to see what he brings come play time.
Buzzy

Posted by: drjazz777 | March 4, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

nothing significant? yea okay besides making me proud to be a Skins fan and a ton of great plays and memories in only 3 1/2 seasons

we've had 1 playoff win in the last 10 years and in that 1 playoff win, who scored the game winning touchdown?

#21 SEAN TAYLOR


hope for the best for you helping our Skins Mr. Atogwe

Posted by: retroskins14 | March 4, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

i personally don't feel numbers should be retired, except in the case of Jackie Robinson. For starters, in the NFL you have so many # restrictions on who can wear what #. You'll run out of #s for a team with a long history such as the skins, giants, bears. Taylor was good, but he didn't transcend sports or anything. I think eventually 21 will be worn again for the skins.

Posted by: vtsquirm1 | March 4, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea if Atogwe will turn out to be a good signing, but the guy has said very smart things and is aware of things outside his own little orbit. So far, so good. And I totally want to feed him roast turkey and boxed wine [Seinfeld reference] and then check out his awesome collection of action figures and comic books.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | March 4, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Am still in disbelief the Redskins signed Atogwe yesterday. Then reading this that he's respecting #21 and leaving it alone... makes the 2 happiest days of the year for me.

Posted by: RedCherokee | March 4, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

#21 was a beast...outright studd. But he wasnt a "great" thats all Im saying. He had the biggest upside ive seen in recent years but I guess he didnt see it himself or he wouldnt have kept the company he did.

Posted by: cmclaxton | March 4, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I though 21 was retired by the organization out of respect for Sean Taylor.

Posted by: skinfreak | March 4, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor had truly come into his own before he was murdered. He was a real screw up for the first couple of years but when his daughter was born, he was reborn. He became the opposing teams worst nightmare. He deserves the honor of retiring his number. I remember how traumatized everyone he played with was at his funeral. Synder couldn't speak. The team mates who did speak cried like babies. I cried for two weeks. He had an incredible affect on the team and his fans. No one can ever wear 21.

Posted by: skinfreak | March 4, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor had truly come into his own before he was murdered. He was a real screw up for the first couple of years but when his daughter was born, he was reborn. He became the opposing teams worst nightmare. He deserves the honor of retiring his number. I remember how traumatized everyone he played with was at his funeral. Synder couldn't speak. The team mates who did speak cried like babies. I cried for two weeks. He had an incredible affect on the team and his fans. No one can ever wear 21.

Posted by: skinfreak | March 4, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse


Taylor put himself in a situation to be killed. Taylor will be a footnote in Washington football. His number should not be retired and Atogwe should wear it if he wants.

Life goes on, my friends.

Posted by: mortified469 | March 4, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

mortifeid469 you are an idiot.

Posted by: forever211 | March 4, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

mortified469 your a idiot.

Posted by: forever211 | March 4, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

comments like mortifed are just dumb, saying Taylor put himself in that situation Las titme i checked he was home with his family nrsing an injurie while dumb ass kids tried to rob him. Mortified hide behind ur computer because if anyone of us saw u u be laid out like the bi....tch u are

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | March 4, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

mortified469, you cannot be a redskins fan...or for that matter, a football fan @ all. Sean 'Meast' Taylor was the heart and soul of the redskins. He played EVERY down like it was his last on the field. SO, basically, you are saying he asked to get killed by intruders while he was at HIS home with his girlfriend and their baby.

forever211 is right, you are an idiot....

Posted by: dad2devin | March 4, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Taylor was horrible, but it doesn't merit retiring his number as a football player for the Skins. He was a hit or miss safety who was on the rise to who knows where? He was a decent player while he was here, but didn't get a chance to show the football world what he could have been with more experience.

Posted by: sorry2say | March 4, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh how soon they forget. Those posters who're saying that Sean wasn't a great player must have not really been paying attention to his play on the field and missing what was being said about how he had turned his life around off of it. As stated, the birth of his daughter and strengthening his faith in God was the defining moment that made him step up to become THE MAN he was becoming. He was getting praise from, team management, coaches, teammates, players around the league and media members. It was talked about how he was becoming a leader in the locker room, more open and vocal. Not the shy stand offish person he was when he first arrived in D.C.

I'd like to give another example of how he was becoming a dominant player. Did we forget that opposing DCs were game planning with Sean Taylor in mind? Remember the game against the packers where he had two interceptions but could/should have had five! He was literally all over the field that day. He was well on his way to a career year that season.

Give a player his due. Don't always focus on the negative. He was a smart enough young man to realize that he couldn't continue to live the way he was living. It's unfortunate a promising young man lost his life and a beautiful little girl lost her father. Rest in peace Sean. God, through her mother will take care of your daughter.

Posted by: TrueDCFan | March 5, 2011 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Some of these comments are just flat out idiotic...and we wonder why, in the words of my 8 yr old, "The Redskins haven't won anything since I have been alive" smh. What incentive should they have to win? While being losers they're still raking in the cash from ridiculously loyal fans and an ignorant owner.

Posted by: boo4hi | March 5, 2011 7:09 AM | Report abuse

@ nell:
Chill out man, all cmclaxon said was Taylor wasn't around very long. It's a fact, no disrespect.

I am the one who will say what no one else will-- Taylor was a dirty headhunter who never helped the team win anything significant. Also penalized far too much to be considered a great.
He had potential to change and be an all-timer, but never got there. RIP

Posted by: Timo17 | March 4, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse
I agree. ST21 had made great improvements his last half season. But he was a cheap shot head hunter before that. I will always remember the hit on punter in probowl. A game played for NFL showcase, not played to injure/maim other players. That same attitude unfortunately led ST to bring a knife to a gun fight.

Posted by: rjregan | March 5, 2011 8:01 AM | Report abuse

@cmclaxton
You sir are an A$$!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | March 5, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Every single post on this story is missing the main point of why no one wants to wear sean's number. It has very little to do with how good he was. It has everything to do with the fact that a very prominent player on a professional football team was senselessly murdered in the prime of his career. It was a tragedy and, quite frankly, didn't happen THAT long ago. They probably won't retire sean's number, but the wound hasn't healed and his number shouldn't be worn for a while.

Posted by: 47mccoy | March 5, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I just cannot believe what im reading right now are you serious??? ST was a Dirty HeadHunter?? who ever made that comment #KillYaSelf

Posted by: ccrum87 | March 5, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I cant believe someone would disrespect the man who was sean taylor. how did he put his self in a position to get killed? Did he hurt his knee on perpose so he could go home and sit on the couch and watch his team play without him. Hell no!! R.I.P sean miss u every game I watch.

Posted by: jerryskins | March 5, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

For the last time the Redskins have only officially retired one number, 33 worn by HOFer Sammy Baugh. There are many numbers that they simply don't issue anymore. Those are 7,9,28,42,43,44,49,and 81. If anyone can come up with other numbers feel free. As for the number 21, IMO someone will and should wear that number again, when is the question. Taylor was turning into a great player and he was without question the beat overall player on our team at the time of his death but to me at least you retire a player's number because that player did some outstanding things in that number and he did it for a long period of time on that team. Taylor unfortunetly didn't get that opportunity. I know when it happens it will be be very difficult for people to take but his untimely passing should not warrant no one else from wearing that number again. I would be more upset if someone comes in and wants to wear Darrell Green's number or Art Monk's number. Also before anyone asks I'm a diehard Redskins fan.

Posted by: armorgan2 | March 5, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse


Sean who?

forever211...I must say your comment is succinct by lack credibility.

cjdwolfpack...I can discern from your comment that you lack substantial education. Were you at the Crystal City Hyatt last night? You seem to have murder in your heart.

dad2devin...you are an uniformed miscreant. At least two of the "brothers" were known to Taylor. Taylor was just another thug from the U of Murder. If you really are a "dad," I pity the life your kid will have with a parent such as yourself.

Posted by: mortified469 | March 6, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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