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Gregg Williams Speaks

Gregg Williams nearly broke down speaking about his kinship for Sean Taylor a moment ago, perhaps the most emotional moment of the day. Gregg, choking back tears at the end, swallowing hard, said he's not worried about Sean Taylor playing football again; he just wants him to live.

"I just want him to recover," Williams said, before leaving the media room. "I just want him to be alright."

Williams did not take questions, but spoke eloquently and deeply about his relationship with Sean.

"It's been a pretty long, difficult day for all of us. Most people came into work today thinking about how to get over the tough loss, the real hard-fought loss in Tampa yesterday, but things like this put things in perspective in a hurry. I haven't had much sleep and as a father, a coach, anybody, you don't like getting those very, very early calls with news like that.

"Coach Gibbs spoke v well on how we as an organization feel about Sean and I think it's been documented many, many times on how I feel about him personally, and the admiration I have for him and the closeness he and I have ... I've always thought about him as one of my own, and obviously with him being the first draft choice I was involved with bringing here, he's always been even a little bit closer to me in my heart on that. He's not much older than my oldest son and he and I have come a long way together."

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 26, 2007; 5:58 PM ET
 
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JLaC, thanks a bunch for all your hard work today and for keeping the blog updated.

Posted by: PDiddy | November 26, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor will come through this fine. All the wishes and prayers of these many people will not go unanswered. God will prove that he exists.

Posted by: hardhitter | November 26, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

JLC- Thanks for all the updates on this difficult day. Great job.
-formerly nah

Posted by: puttinforbird | November 26, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Jasno, as as fellow newspaper guy I can tell you that whatever they're paying you, it ain't enough bro. Awesome work on this very difficult day.

Posted by: worthy | November 26, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah nice work Jasno.

I can't work, I just want to hear that he'll be ok.

Posted by: kost52 | November 26, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Hardhitter: But what if he doesn't?

Posted by: benjones | November 26, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I'd also like to thank you for all the updates today.
Keep up the great work!

Posted by: COskins | November 26, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Ugh.

Posted by: 4-12 | November 26, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Just watch double G. Damn it brings tears to your eyes. No question he is concern for the Reaper.

Posted by: jm220 | November 26, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Yup, it is certainly long over due that jLac gets props for his reporting--All The Time!

Today just goes to show us the seriousness with which he takes his job and the extent that he goes to provide us, fans, with information that goes far and above what most national media outlets are reporting. And for someone who doesn't live in the DC/MD/VA area, I, for one, am grateful.

Hopefully this is enough to quiet down the jLac haters out there and show everyone that there are far more serious things to debate in life then whether or not a reporter is biased in their reporting.

Thanks again, jLac, for today's stellar job. But for years of great reporting!

HTTR!

Posted by: StumptownChris | November 26, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Just watched Williams and Gibbs on Redskins.com. Both are more than shaken especially double GG. You can tell how close the two are.

Posted by: straub21 | November 26, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I've been a lurker on this board forever. I just have to say that Sean Taylor and his family are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope for a speedy recovery.

I also have to echo everyone else here. You've done a great job today, Jason, keeping this updated. It's much appreciated. I hope for some good news soon.

Posted by: deannaizme | November 26, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I am stunned and sorrowed.

Sean Taylor seemed to have a wild life force in him. I just hope that all of it was not used up today and there is enough still there to pull him through.

Today should not be a day for anger vented against Wilbon or other bloggers.

It is going to be a very hard week, no matter what happens. My heart goes out to Sean Taylor and his family and to all the Redskins and the whole community who are hurting now.

Posted by: driley | November 26, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck to Sean!

Thanks for your hard work, Jason.

Posted by: mbschultz | November 26, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Hang in there SEAN, WE BELIEVE!!!!!! YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS!!!!!!

Posted by: redryan400 | November 26, 2007 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Bad News from ProFootballTalk.com

POSTED 6:15 p.m. EST, November 26, 2007

GRAVE SITUATION FOR TAYLOR by Michael David Smith

Redskins safety Sean Taylor remains in the intensive care unit at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, about 16 hours after he was shot in his Miami home.

NFL Network's Adam Schefter reported that at two different points during the six hours of surgery Taylor had this morning, he flat lined.

Schefter also reports that Redskins running back Clinton Portis and Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato were among the members of the organization who flew to Miami with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

Redskins coach Joe Gibbs has said he plans to stay in Washington with the team as it prepares for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Posted by: tlehtone | November 26, 2007 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Jasno and Cindy,

Thanks for your coverage today. Top notch stuff.

About Sean, well what can you say that hasn't already been said. It's been heartbreaking listening to all of the players and coaches speaking about him, particularly Gibbs and Gregg Williams.

Forget all of the heartbreaking losses and questionable play calls, I've never felt as terrible as a fan as I do today. I hope he can pull through this.

-Ricky Bobby

Posted by: johnw | November 26, 2007 6:28 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the updates JasNo. my prayers are with ST and his family. Hope he can pull through this.

Posted by: tedunni1 | November 26, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

We hope for you, Sean.

Dictated by B. Waldman, age 5.

Posted by: waldmant | November 26, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

my heart goes out to Sean and his family
this is a terrible ordeal for them.

i pray he will be able to watch his child grow up.

we are all die hard skins fans and i know most of you feel as i do. it is as if one of our close friends or family's life is in dire jeopardy and we feel helpless

we are not worried about football right now we are worried about our friend/brother/son/father.

(thanks to JLC for the updates)

Posted by: jonthefisherman | November 26, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

If you're in Ashburn, the Redskins have opened the park to fans for a vigil; it began at 6:35 and will go until 8.

Posted by: TheCindy | November 26, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Ricky Bobby and all, thanks for being here with us. We'll continue to monitor the story all night. Keep checking the website and the blog.

Posted by: TheCindy | November 26, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it doesn't look good having just heard that his femoral artery was completely severed by the bullet. The implication is not good if this is true. It is well known that a bull fighter has less than 2 minutes to get treatment when they their femoral gets gored by a bull. Certainly the best hoped for case here would be that he will survive without severe brain damage while the real miracle would be that he will play again.

Posted by: billybubbabob | November 26, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Cowboys fan here: hoping for a ST speedy recovery.

We want to face the best, & ST was definitely 1 of the best.

Posted by: fatvu | November 26, 2007 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Gregg pretty much summed it up -

Posted by: erthdog | November 26, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

i know this doesnt help Sean now, but just for your information, if anyone were to ever witness injuries to limbs where massive blood loss occurs, please be sure to use some type of cloth or a belt and tie tightly to cut off circulation to that limb. this would greatly decrease, if not stop, the circulation to the affected limb, and greatly increase the prognosis of the patient. all of the reports so far point to the fact that Sean's life is in danger MAINLY due to blood loss and loss of oxygen to brain.

again, we can only pray that SeanTay makes a full recovery and is around to take care of his family like a normal husband and father would do.
best wishes, Sean. get well SOON!

Posted by: student1234 | November 26, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

New post from Jason.

Posted by: tafka | November 26, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

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