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Pete Kendall Speaks

The guard, who arrived via trade just before the season began, is the second Redskin to meet the media today, following safety Reed Doughty. Pete is thinking most of his teammates right now, admitting that he did not have the chance to get to know Sean that well over the few months he has been here.

Kendall said his children saw the news on television before leaving for school, when they informed their father that his teammate was dead.

"The last I had heard (Monday night) was that he was somewhat responsive to the doctors ... So I went to bed last night thinking the worst thing we'd have to deal with was an extended rehabilitation and recovery."

Pete said Sean was among the first players to say hello to him when he was acquired before the season, and he also made a big impression on Kendall's kids after the season opening game, when they crossed paths in the parking lot.

"Sean spent some time with them, talking to them ... That made probably the biggest impact on them."

Pete said the team really has not assembled as a whole to this point to talk and cope as a unit, but when practice and meetings resume Wednesday he figures that will be a big part of the day.

Kendall last spoke to Taylor in the training room over the weekend, and figuring out how to move forward and regain a sense of normalcy is something he and his teammates will have to feel their through.

"Obviously it's going to be very difficult. We'll take our cues from Coach Gibbs."

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 11:59 AM ET
 
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The more you hear from his teammates, the more you realize that there was a great side to Sean Taylor that the fans and the media will unfortunately never get to know.

Damn this is hard.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 27, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Pete said Sean was among the first players to say hello to him when he was acquired before the season, and he also made a big impression on Kendall's kids after the season opening game, when they crossed paths in the parking lot.

"Sean spent some time with them, talking to them ... That made probably the biggest impact on them."

Sean was a good person. He was growing up and beginning to understand the better things in life.

Posted by: Soup17 | November 27, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Winning in Sean's tribute will ease the grief.

Posted by: jjwilson312003 | November 27, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Another new post from Jason with a statement from the Mayor's Office.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, what makes this worse, is that media hacks like Wilbon, Dan Daly of the Times, don't do an ounce of research, but rather us information that was 2 years old.

How many more teammates have to come forward and say how much Sean had changed, teammates, who UNLIKE Wilbon had contact with ST every day, and actually forged a relationship with him, before Wilbon retracts what he foolishly said.

Gosh that pisses me off...

Posted by: gregmarino88 | November 27, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

the sad thing is I think the finger will end up pointing towards the crowd that taylor had the altercation with in 2005.The guy was a known thug and I believe criminal and was even stopped with stolen ATV's(not Taylors) by the police before,and everyone seems to forget that while taylor was accused of aiming a gun at somone,the other party actually shot up Taylors SUV. and that case went unsolved while taylor faced 48 years in prison.


this is a crying shame

Posted by: jarc184 | November 27, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I grieve for the horrific loss of Sean Taylor and extend sympathies to his family.
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My family and I live in Miami, very close to where Taylor kept his Palmetto Bay home. My wife is a graduate of University of Miami, and works at Jackson Hospital. I taught business school courses at UM for several years, in fact during Taylor's career with the Canes, and we never missed attending a UM-FSU game.
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We are very eager to learn the facts of this crime and to understand why it has occurred, and to see all responsible parties punished to the fullest extent of the law. We are quite concerned about personal safety for ourselves, family and friends in the Miami community.
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With that said, we are speaking about one human being, an individual who no doubt had many positive and wonderful attributes. However, it cannot be overlooked that Sean Taylor "ran with a tough crowd"; the UM football team has hardly been comprised of "model citizens", and Taylor's own repeated actions (some innocent as things go; others, such as brandishing weapons/firearms at people in the community cannot and should not be overlooked or so quickly discounted, not to mention spitting in the faces of opposing players) suggest that he hardly fits the stereotype of the contemporary victim of senseless violence. I would also like to know why he kept a machette in his bedroom, and why, after reports of his Miami home being burglarized only 8 days prior, there was not a more concerted effort to self-protect his family and property (he certainly possessed the means to do so). To me, this suggests that there is perhaps more to this story yet to be told, or perhaps the perpetrator is someone known to Sean Taylor or someone who "ran in his circles."
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None of this detracts from the great tragedy that has unfolded. But in reading the other posts, some requesting "statues to be erected in Taylor's memory", I would ask for some sense of proportionality here. Everyday in Miami, in Washington D.C., and everywhere in the world, thousands of innocents die equally or even more senseless deaths.
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As we contemplate the latest Princess Diana-like passing of a celebrated life, let's please keep in mind the many other unheralded lights that are also extinguished, and ask why do we only respond or seem to care when it involves somebody who "lives on the edge" and is perhaps important for (at least some) of the wrong reasons?

Peace to Sean Taylor. Note to Miami PD: Get off your butts and catch the guy who did this.

Posted by: emailbillbrown | November 27, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Lets honor #21 by voting...http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot

Posted by: tdskinz | November 27, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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