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Portis, Arrington Share Their Grief

I'm going to give you a separate on Clinton Portis, who (I don't think you'll mind me saying) really rocked the place (he was wearing sunglasses throughout his speech) and LaVar Arrington. Owner Daniel Snyder was on the program to speak, but he did not. Perhaps that was an error on the program. Anyway, here's a rough transcript from Portis and Arrington.
"You wonder how do you speak about a man you admire. ... You have nothing but peace, faith and heart. I thought about how that relates to Sean. When it come to peace, Sean was at peace in his life. It showed in everything he did. He was always smiling in the locker room.He said, 'Clinton, you always smile; I wonder how you can do that.' and I said, 'I'm thinking the same thing about you.'
You'd be tired, ready to get in the showr and he'd come up and say, 'Man, you see The Flintstones the other night?' [The folks in the arena dissolve into laughter.]
"No one in the NFL played with more heart. ... [Portis spoke of how he, Santana Moss and Taylor always took the field together.] We didn't plan it, it just happened that way. [On the field] if anything motived me more, it was the excitement of seeing Sean hitsomeone. I don't fear much, but if I was on the opposing team, I might have had a fear of No. 21."
He spoke of how Taylor had changed, his love for Jackie Garcia and their daughter and said, "Whatever you do, do it with all the heart you have."
[He started by speaking of how he is "guilty of moving on," in football, in life, not taking the time to look back.] "This situation has forced me to face those issues that sometimes you really don't want to face. You imagine that your boys and your loves ones are okay and always will be. Sean, I love you as my brother, as my friend ... the rest of my fellows and my teammates that I never took the opportunity to tell you how much I love you guys, this is the opportunity to do it. I'm going to miss him with all my heart. ... I thought when he came to the Redskins that I was his guardian angel. I know he was one of my guardian angels. He was there for me. Today, he's one of mine."

After a song, Sean's 14-year-old sister, Jazmin Taylor spoke through tears. "All I want to see is his smile again. He had the best smile in the world." ... and "I know he can hear me. I'm waiting to see you again, but I know you are home."

Michael Outar, Sean's uncle, spoke of Sean as a little boy with so much energy that the family decided to sign him up for football to give him an outlet. Outar wanted him to be No. 32, but, because he was bigger than the other kids, the coach gave him No. 66 and put him on the line. "Before the game he looked at me and said, "Uncle Mike, what do I do? I said, 'You hit the guy with the ball.' And that's what he did. Over and over and over."

By Cindy Boren  |  December 3, 2007; 12:09 PM ET
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I wish Arrington was still a Redskin. He's a good guy.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 3, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Could he potentially become one again?

Were his injuries career ending? I would love to see him on our squad for depth if nothing else.

Posted by: Soup17 | December 3, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Just saw/heard Lavar's farewell. Still feeling the chills.



Posted by: argh | December 3, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Levar does look good. 4-12 I almost broke down in the office watching the video.

Posted by: jm220 | December 3, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Damn. Lavar said he thought he'd be Sean's guardian angel, but now Sean is his guardian angel.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 3, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

jm220- I picked up an extra #21 towel at the game yesterday for you. At some point, hit me up at with an address I can send it to you.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 3, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Lavar is really shaken by this, so sad :(

Posted by: hankkuo | December 3, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I like LaVar. Was upset when he left. Very nice words from him. Sounds very much like he's had a rough few days since Sean passed away.

Posted by: tartanskin | December 3, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Very sad. This was so senseless. So unnecessary.

Posted by: Joe_in_Raleigh | December 3, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Always liked the Lavar. I think he's done. Does Lavar really have the energy to try and make a roster spot for the Vets minimum. Study hard and all the stuff? I don't know. He was a difference maker. He got a raw deal by double G.

Posted by: relishfilms | December 3, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

This is so sad. There is nothing worse then sitting at work crying. I should have called in sick today! RIP Sean!

Posted by: mlewis31 | December 3, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad that Sean's father asked LaVar to speak. I do think that one day LaVar will be a Redskin again, even if only for a ceremonial retirement, so that he can go out as a Skin. But LaVar is a Redskin for life, just as Sean Taylor is a Redskin for life.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 3, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm sitting here at work watching the funeral, just crying. This is such a miserable day.

Posted by: JustMe | December 3, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I thought LaVar burned his bridges behind him when he sued the Redskins and talked trash about them on his way out. Mind you, Brian Mitchell seemed able to repair his relationship, so a man as charismatic as LaVar could probably pull it off too.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 3, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

So heartbreaking. I didn't think I could cry anymore.

Posted by: puttinforbird | December 3, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

This SUCKS....

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 3, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I am just filled with so much sadness and angier right now.

Posted by: jm220 | December 3, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"You hit the guy with the ball."

Man, no one will ever say that Sean didn't listen to his Uncle Mike. What a great memory to share with the world.

Posted by: Joe_in_Raleigh | December 3, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Is the funeral being shown in DC? I'm in Miami and couldn't make it to FIU but the local NBC has it on. Very powerful stuff. Jackie's older sister just spoke and had me in tears. I hope you guys are getting a feed.

Posted by: 1fasthoo | December 3, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: talent_evaluator | December 3, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

What's up with all the beep beep posts?

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 3, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse


Enough with you. Post after post, people are grieving Sean Taylor, and you're talking about signing Lavar for depth? What the hell is wrong with you?

Posted by: dbowen11 | December 3, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Man, this feeling sucks.

And I REALLY hope Colin Cowherd, Whitlock, Wilbon, and Shapiro heard what the Mayor said about the media jumping to conclusions and apologize accordingly.

Posted by: DocHolliday1906 | December 3, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse


I too am grieving due to the loss of ST, but eveyone deals with it in different ways.
Enough "blog police" from you as well.

Posted by: Soup17 | December 3, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I missed Lavar Arrington I had to run to a meeting but when I got back anyone was crying is there a place where I can see a play back?

Posted by: Rita.Jumper | December 3, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Soup17 has the answer!! Fire Gibbs and resign Lavar as a backup!! Brilliant!!! Look out Cerrato, someone's gunning for your job!!

I thought it was classy for Archuleta to be there. He's more of a bust in Chicago than he was here.

Nice to see Gibbs get a little love. Regardless of his 2.0 performance, the man is a CLASS ACT.

Posted by: dbowen11 | December 3, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

LaVar's comments were heart felt and you could hear the grief in his voice. It was touching and very sad. Had me crying also. Of course, Clinton from day one has been a great friend and his comments were touching also. He told more stories of Sean...Lavar more of how the tragedy affected him in retrospect. very sad.

Posted by: washwiz | December 3, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure it was very difficult for LaVar to speak. He was probably thinking that this could have been his funeral because of the horrible motorcycle crash he had.

Posted by: jimwell | December 3, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

R.I.P 21 we neva gonna 4get u hommie.I think i'm feelin lavar we skins 4life

Posted by: face_420 | December 3, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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