More Reaction/Press Conference Update
Two of Sean's former Miami teammates - tight end Jeremy Shockey and receiver Sinorice Moss (brother of Taylor's good friend and Redskins teammate Santana Moss) - spoke about their loss today. Both play for the NY Giants.
Shockey said: "He was kind of like a wild child, like myself, but life changed for Sean after he had his baby girl. Fatherhood really changed him. He grew up and matured. That baby had transformed his life. Working out with him during the offseason, I witnessed a change. You could see it like night and day. I feel so bad for the family."
Moss said: "It's a tough time for me right now. Sean was really like a brother to me. We were classmates and teammates at UM and he was a guy that just loved football and loved being around his friends. I feel for his family. I know his dad real well, and I feel for his baby girl. He was so proud of his little girl, and it's just so sad that he's no longer here and won't be able to see her grow up. The whole UM family is hurting right now."
Also just got off the phone with former Redskins LB Lemar Marshall, who was here for Taylor's first four years until getting released in training camp and signing with the Bengals. Lemar said he went to bed like so many last night, praying that Sean did not suffer serious brain damage but hoping for the best. When he woke up this morning he had missed calls from his mother, and two former NFL teammates, Ike Reese and Clifton Brown. Immediately he knew why they had called. He caught the scroll on ESPN before calling them back and was crushed.
"He was really maturing," Marshall said. There was like almost a pleasantness about him now. He's a good friend and a good teammate and to know his ability on the football field, I think he was going to be the best ever by the time he finished, and that's what I wanted for him."
Lemar, who played safety in college, said he will go back and study Taylor's game film years from now, marveling at his ability to cover ground and punish opponents. "He'll always be one of my favorite players," Marshall said.
Joe Gibbs and Daniel Snyder press conference is to begin at 4 pm, we were just informed.
Also, got a cool email from Joe, pointing out how fans of other NFL teams are honoring Sean. Joe reports that Eagles fans at PE.com have set up threads dedicated to Sean and he says Cowboyszone.com actually changed the colors on their site to burgundy and gold and that heartfelt messages from Cowboys fans have been overflowing.
That's pretty cool to hear.
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