London Fletcher On Sean
Dan Steinberg is up in Buffalo reporting on this story from there, and took part in the conference call Redskins LB London Fletcher did with the Buffalo reporters. London played for the Bills from 2002-2006 and was a very popular player there.
He, like Sean, is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, who was at the hospital with the Taylor family. Rosenhaus texted Fletcher with some good news Monday night from the hospital.
":Prior to going to sleep on Monday night you hear the encouraging news, Drew Rosenhaus texted me and told me he had very encouraging news, that Sean had squeezed the doctor's or the nurse's hand, there was some other movement, and you know so many people have been praying for him. So you go to sleep saying ok he's going to pull through, here's this miracle that we've been praying for.
"I even looked at it with the Kevin Everett situation, I know a lot of people were praying with him and seeing the miracle that happened to him, so I'm thinking ok here's God with another miracle. Then Drew texted me at 6 in the morning and said Sean passed away, that hit me like a ton of bricks. You just try to see how God can use Sean's death for his good in a sense, don't let Sean's death be in vain. At this time we've got to lean on our faith, I know I do and others around us, just lean on our faith.
"There's a grieving, there's a healing part of it. For me, my faith is what I'm leaning on, I'm leaning on our teammates, us as teammates are leaning on each other. The family needs us to be there for them. It's a process."
Fletcher was told that Buffalo guard Derrick Dockery called Taylor his best teammate ever:
"That would be pretty accurate. He and Aneous Williams, those were two guys that stood out to me in my 10 year career. He was really a team guy, he would take scout team reps as a defensive guy to give the offensive team looks. He would take probably 90 percent of the reps because he was a team guy. Some of the things about him that were portrayed in the media were not the same guy that I knew, from when I met him in April until I last saw him on Saturday in the training room. He was an awesome guy to me. "
Fletcher was also asked if seeing some old friends from Buffalo this weekend might help him through this ordeal.
"I'm not sure. Obviously when you see people you haven't seen for a long time, you get a smile on your face, so that'll help me. There's some guys I want to see. But I just don't know, this is uncharted territory for us as a team, as a professional football player. It's a difficult process that we're going through, but we're working to get through it."
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