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Andy Reid Speaks

Just got an assist from David Aldridge, a great guy and another former Post sports staffer, passed along a statement the Eagles released regarding Sean's passing:

Eagles head coach Andy Reid on Sean Taylor:

"We are saddened by the news about Sean Taylor's death. Although I did not know Sean personally we have competed against him for the last several years. He was a good football player who played the game with great energy and passion. I listened to the respect and remorse that Coach Gibbs and James Thrash had and felt for Sean. These are two people I know and respect greatly. Sean's passing will have an impact on the Washington Redskins organization and the entire NFL community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sean's family, friends, and teammates, including our own Jerome McDougle, who played with Sean at the University of Miami ."

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 12:26 PM ET
 
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Classy move from Reid.

Posted by: CDon | November 27, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

For those of you that haven't voted yet. Throw a vote Sean's way. he was well on his way to a second straight pro bowl and it would be nice to get him one more:


http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot?campaign=ec0005

Posted by: Skinz | November 27, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Coach Reid. You're a class act.

Posted by: macaro | November 27, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Sean, you are our favorite because you were the best.

Jasno & Cindy, sincere thanks for your labor.

Posted by: bangkokben | November 27, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Classy move Mr. Reid.

I'd like to apologize for what I said about your kids earlier in the year. I'm sorry for my immature moment.

Posted by: goskinsgo | November 27, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Are we able to still vote for Pro Bowl players? That is a great idea to cast a vote for our boy SeanTay.....

Posted by: bigmurf08 | November 27, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU TO THE EAGLES AND THE FANS OF OTHER TEAMS WHO ARE EXPRESSING SYMPATHY INSTEAD OF USING THIS TO ADD TO TO RIVALRY OF FOOTBALL.
TODAY THE ENTIRE NFL IS A MEMBER OF THE REDSKIN FAMILY, AND FEELS THE LOSS OF A TEAMMATE

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Never thought I'd say this, but here's to Philadelphia. When things are bad it's amazing who your friends turn out to be.

Posted by: sxpatr | November 27, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if TO will have any comments? There should be a lot of respect on both sides there.........

4thFloor

Posted by: RightWay | November 27, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Make sure to put in twenty or so votes for me, my department has it blocked. I just read something from a girls fan that really made me respect their franchise. Roy Williams came out and talked about Sean, obviously lots of great things to say, but the next comment was from a girls fan saying they are going to miss the comparison's, but believes that Sean is better than Roy, they didn't have to say that either, really class act too!

Posted by: tweedr01 | November 27, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see that Philly has nothing but nice things to say. Very classy Coach Reid.

Posted by: spg2dd | November 27, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

CAN SOMEONE THROW IN A PRO BOWL VOTE FOR ME. I CAN'T ACCESS THAT SITE FROM WORK.
THANK YOU

Posted by: jessie31202 | November 27, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

No question a lot of respect to Reed and many others.

Posted by: jm220 | November 27, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

No question Reid can relate to personal tragedy and a very classy move by him and the Eagles.

For those who wrote on my earlier comment in the other topic, I stand by that and say that in the light of politicians (Fenty) holding Sean up to be a role model, they are relevant.

Again, it is a terrible tragedy that no family should have to endure. But take it into perspective.

Posted by: SavedByZero | November 27, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

SavedByZero, you've had your say - repeatedly across these threads. Time to move on now.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

A new post from Jason regarding a statement by Goodell.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Classy move by Andy Reid, especially in light of his own difficulties right now. Despite two of his sons' problems, I've never thought that Reid wasn't a good man (and he does have other kids who AREN'T in trouble).

Posted by: freakzilla | November 27, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I stand by SavedByZero's comments. Peace to Sean Taylor, but the guy (not a kid -- he's 24, has millions in the bank, several homes, a child born out of wedlock, etc.) was NO saint and probably squandered his life too often acting the part of a punk.

Pray for his soul and celebrate his positive aspects if you must, but don't hoist him up to be a model citizen or a role model -- errect no statues to this man.

Posted by: emailbillbrown | November 27, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this strait from all the people that keep bringing up his history:

If a person makes some mistakes in their life, then they deserve to die? Or "had it coming?". I mean that is basically what you thoughtless people are saying.

Please just stop it....not today. Find some other mouthpiece...write it down in your own blog or journal, but all the negative comments are totally unwarranted, often times getting facts wrong or adding details that were never confirmed. (ie. I heard Sean's lawyer and at least one other on street reporter clarify that in the gun charge Sean never actually had a gun and that was the charge from the thugs that attacked him, and not how it actually went down).

Let's look at it a bit closer.

The gun charge was alleged...fellony charges were dropped. In fact the real criminals in that case were never charged, and he almost had to face 48 years in jail for a situation where he was just trying to defend himself from some violent people. Should he have tried to take the law into his own hands?...no of course not. He like so many of us when we were younger was a bit wreckless and probably felt invincible. But plenty of you reading this now...did some stupid *ss ish in your life, or have had children or loved ones that did...should they die for it? Should they be taken away from their family and friends because of a mistake or two they made? yes it happens and yes we should be more careful all of us in our dealings everyday. But we are not and we all take risks and make questionable decisions all the time. Cut the crap...stand up from your computer and go take a look in the mirror and be glad you are still alive.

The DWI...dropped because of video that revealed the cop was basically jsut picking on Taylor (maybe because of race, maybe the car he was driving, maybe a combo) and the charges there were dropped.

Not showing up for the rookie symposium or reporting to training camp? Really that makes him a thug? So he's the first player ever to hold out? Hummmm guess I've been watching a different NFL than you all.

Spitting on Pittman? Once again unless I'm watching a different NFL than you all pretty sure he is not the first or last person to do something like that...and I can't defend this one at all...But this one event in an emotional playoff game where he lost control for minute, makes him a Thug? Should be sentenced to death for it?

These are the only negative things I've seen mentioned. Or does simply attending the U make you a criminal?

And then you take all that stuff and put it all together...and even suppose he verbally or in some way angered someone..if this was a "hit" so to speak. So you are saying now if you simply say the wrong things to the wrong people then you deserve to die?

Just stop with all the hatred and negativity today...don't take your miserable lives and outlook on life, out on us! Just let it rest for a day or two and let the sensitive emotional people grieve. You really are despicable people to even continue to mention it. You all seem full of hatred and I really feel sorry for all of you that just can't keep your mouths shut for a day after a human being that impacted (pun intended) the lives of so many people in so many ways. The negativity is unwarranted, and has no basis in facts, just media speculation.

That said: I've been following your blog for two days Jason, and you have done a stellar job! Thank you so much! I can only imagine how physically and emotionally wrecked you and the others that have been working to bring us the most up to date news on this tragedy. Hang in there we really appreciate it.

Also I love the idea of putting up a Taylor statue infront of FedEx...and following it up with more Skins greats in the future and/or putting 21 in the ring of fame...at least retire his number. I know I wouldn't feel right wearing a Skins 21 jersey anymore. I mean after all had he not been hurt playing for the Skins doing what he loved to do then there is a chance this might not even have happened. I don't bring that up as a what if...not much for what ifs (unless you are talking about what a great player he would have been).

Which brings up the pro bowl. I really would like to see the NFL go ahead and posthumously elect him to this year's Pro Bowl. We certainly should all go vote...but really think the NFL should step up and do this. He did/does still lead the NFC in picks, and probably would have gone to the Pro Bowl had this tragedy not happened. This is unprecedented for an NFL team to loose such an important player in such a manner right in the middle of the season. I think this would be a very good president for the NFL to set.

Ok now I have to take my leave of this blog and the internet and TV in general. I've been crying on and off all day, which is what I was going to talk about earlier in the day...but so many other people have talked about it so eloquently. How they felt yesterday, last night, and then when we all got floored by the news this morning.

I've been moved in particular by all the other fans from other teams showing their support and saying things like "We are all Redskins today"...hell making me tear up just typing it.

OH and all of you asshamed of crying over some guy you didn't even know...don't be. I'm a guy that doesn't cry much, but there were times this morning that I just couldn't stop. Every time I think about some other aspect of it I break down a bit. I'm a stay at home dad for a 2 going on 3 year old, and I was up pretty much all night and when I found out the news this morning. I of course cried for a bit while trying to watch the news and read this blog and the vast majority of wonderful heartfelt comments, through tear-reddened eyes...but then I went right up stairs and just held my baby girl, and reflected on how fragile life is.

Oh and Chick Hernandez and Larry Michale were even getting pretty choked up talking about it on Redskins radio this morning.

So to you people that just don't get it...have no souls, were never loved by anyone...or whatever your problem is (and you do have a problem). Give it a break STFU. Go get a mirror and spend the rest of the day checking out how perfect you are...just make sure you don't fall out of your F**king Ivory Towers.

Sean will be remembered very fondly by the people that matter. Love most of you all for coming together like this, and hope to see some of you out there at Skins Park later this evening.

Thanks again Jason...and the rest of the fans, and even non-fans that have sent all the wonderfully heartfelt thoughts, that have at least made this day a bit more bearable for me. Helps alot to know we are all experiencing this roller coaster of emotion together.

Posted by: rbfett | November 27, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

As an Eagles fan, I hate every other team in the NFC East. As a DC Metro resident, I especially dislike the Redskins, but I feel terrible about this sensless tragedy. Taylor was a tremendous football player, and someone who seems to have been settling into a more mature lifestyle. I can only imagine how I'd feel if this happened to my favorite player -- Brian Dawkins, and I'd be devastated.

It sounds too cliche but just know that anyone with a heart (even an Eagles fan) who loves football mourns with you.

Posted by: Seanryanrich | November 27, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

From another Eagles fan (and DC area resident) to Redskins fans, the Redskins organization and Sean Taylor's family--my heart and thoughts are with all of you today. Sean Taylor played the game with extraordinary passion, intensity and skill. He was both feared by the opposition and appreciated for his incredible talent. I can understand why this loss is so devastating.

Rest in Peace, Sean Taylor. You certainly have my Pro Bowl vote.

Posted by: rmblack | November 27, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Classy move by a classy coach. Thanks, Coach Reid.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 27, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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