Funeral Monday in Miami
Some players and Coach Gibbs just spoke coming off the field. I'll post things as I can.
Coach Joe Gibbs said the funeral will take place on Monday.
The meeting this morning lasted about 2 hours in the auditorium, players said, with players reporting at 8. Coach Joe Gibbs and owner Daniel Snyder spoke, and the players had no idea Sean's family would be there. But Pedro Taylor and Sean's family arrived, including his girlfriend Jackie, his mom and an uncle. Jackie Garcia and Pedro Taylor both addressed the team, in what players said were highly emotional moments. Players said they took courage and inspiration from the words of Jackie and Pedro, both of whom urged them that the best way to honor Sean was to play as hard as they can in the passionate fashion he played.
Tailback Clinton Portis also spoke, and he too broke down a bit recalling his experiences with Sean. Team chaplain Brett Fuller also addressed the team. Safety Pierson Prioleau and others said they had the chance to hug Sean's family and voice their support at the end of the meeting. Sean's family has since flown back to Miami.
After the meeting players said they tried to regain composure, then the team went through a truncated remainder of the day, shuffling off to position meetings and getting ready for practice, which lasted from about 2-3:30.
Coach Gibbs also said that he took solace in the words of San Francisco Coach Mike Nolan, one of many NFL coaches to phone him. Nolan lost a player a few years back. Denver Coach Mike Shanahan, who lost a player to a shooting last season, also called.
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