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Redskins Memorials

From the Redskins:

The Washington Redskins are coordinating memorials for Sean Taylor at both Redskins Park and FedExField.

The #21 will be painted in a grass parking area on the right side of the road in front of the guardhouse leading into Redskins Park. In addition, #21 will also be painted on the plaza in front of the Redskins Hall of Fame store on the south side of FedExField. Both memorials should be finalized by early afternoon today.

Fans will be allowed to access these areas as a memorial to Sean Taylor and leave any tributes or flowers as they may choose.

Information regarding any planned memorial services or donations will be communicated when available.

Also, Jason Campbell is in the building but I do not know if he will be speaking to the media or now. Also, I heard that Daniel Snyder and others are headed back from Miami to return to Redskins Park.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 27, 2007; 11:33 AM ET
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Does this event make you reflect on life and tragedies that have happened in your own life like it is with mine? This event while tragic is something that happens all over this world. All we can do is pray and hope that his family will pull through. We know the Redskin nation will support this tragedy and will be there for this organization. Senseless acts only make one stronger. It's time that we now show our support this Sunday at FedEx field and help these players get through this. They will need us more than ever.

Posted by: redskins2448 | November 27, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Please vote #21...

Posted by: tdskinz | November 27, 2007 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the team has ever considered erecting statues of great Redskins around FedEx field? I think it would be a great addition to an otherwise bland stadium. They could start with Sean Taylor and go from there. Heck, it's Washington, we're known for our statues and memorials. Just an outside-the-box thought on sad day.

Posted by: Joe_in_Raleigh | November 27, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

They have the Reed interview posted on The guy looked more shaken than Double G did. You CP has got to be all broken up right now.

Posted by: jm220 | November 27, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Sad, terrible day...he was only 2 years older than me. It feels like i lost a good friend! R.I.P. 21!!

Posted by: RockyTopSkin | November 27, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Joe, I like your thought and agree it would make a relatively bleak stadium shine a little brighter.

Also, I would like to see the Redskins retire Sean's jersey ASAP. I don't know how any future Redskin would want to wear that number.

Lastly, what are the Redskins planning to do before the game on Saturday in terms of Memorials?

Posted by: mlewis31 | November 27, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

What a senseless loss.

Such a sad day for the Redskins and NFL fans everywhere.

How does a team even begin to put this behind them and play football on Sunday? Our heroes will need our support Sunday! I think all 90,000 fans should wear black Sunday including the Bills fans, in memory of Sean Taylor.

This is such a tragic loss. I dont even know how to begin the grieving process and I am just a fan...

Posted by: rabrol56 | November 27, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

How does a team even begin to put this behind them and play football on Sunday?

Posted by: rabrol56 | November 27, 2007 11:53 AM

This is when you give thanks that you have Joe Gibbs as the coach. Is there any coach, in any sport, who is better qualified to solve this problem?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 27, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Much respect to Chadiha. His story is on the money especially the last sentence. This is what one would expect from Wilbon.

Posted by: jm220 | November 27, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Such a stupid, senseless tragedy. The loss of this young man, new father, and great football player is felt and mourned by our city today. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the team.

Posted by: Annie-Jazzy | November 27, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for your dedication on this JLC... You've been so committed to this communicating the unfolding events and information in this great tradegy...

Thanks for keeping us all informed. It does not go unrecognized or un appreciated.

Posted by: EinVB | November 27, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

It was asked, "Does this event make you reflect on life and tragedies that have happened in your own life like it is with mine?"

John Donne has an answer...

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee."

Sean, we are diminished by your loss. We'll come back strong, but that's for another day.

Posted by: sxpatr | November 27, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Jason, your coverage of this tragedy has been just stellar. I have come to depend upon your blog to get the latest news. In some way, it has become a sense of comfort to me--and, I am sure, many others--in dealing with this horrible event. Thank you.

Posted by: jfs06473 | November 27, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Anybody have Wilbon's email address? What a complete and total jerk! He should know better! I can't believe he'd make a statement like that without knowing the full truth about Sean. Unlike Allen Iverson, this kid, thorough his daughter, saw what life is really about. Having a child changes your perspective about life overall and it's about darn time the TV media paint Sean in the respectful manner that he deserves!

Posted by: kapiskosky | November 27, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse


I know you have had your differences with Coach Gibbs, but your reporting of this to us here on the blog over the past 24 hours has been incredible. You have really risen to the occasion, and for distant fans like me, that has been more helpful than I can say.


Posted by: SonofNero | November 27, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

RIP Sean....I say retire his jersey

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

New post from Jason reporting on Pete Kendall talking to the media.

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

OK, it's natural to glorify someone in death, and no family should have to go through what the Taylors are feeling.

But before we go erecting statues of anyone the truth is this: Sean Taylor was an immensely talented football player from a rough area who committed questionable acts both on and off the field during his career. In the end it appears that he was never able to separate himself from the lifestyle that ultimately led to his death.

Tragic? Absolutely. A changed individual? Perhaps. One who made good judgements? No.

While fans are hurt from this loss, it is in reality no more tragic than those deaths that occur on a daily basis in and around DC and PG County as a result of black-on-black crime.

And in that sense I will hold up Sean Taylor not as someone who was a heroic figure in death, but rather as another example of someone whose actions, direct or indirect, ultimately led to his death.

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

this really is an unbelieavble tragedy. my friends and i were causal fans up until 2004, and that was the year taylor joined the team. to a lot of us he really was the face of the team, the future of it, and i feel like more than any other player we've all been following sean since the moment he was drafted, since that first preseason game in miami, when he forced several fumbles and made so many big plays. we'd get by offseason by watching nonstop compilations of his highlights on youtube. i still can't believe hes gone. way too young.

Jasno, I'm living in Palestine right now. Your updates have been invaluable over the last 24 hours. Thank you.

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

I dont know if this has been said or if any of you care, but I really wanted a Taylor jersey so that I will always remember him and they are really tough to find right now. You have to pretty much search the ends of the internet and then I finally just customized one. Just a little FYI if anyone was thinking the same way.

Inigo Montoya

Posted by: JChrisRod | November 27, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I grieve for the horrific loss of Sean Taylor and extend sympathies to his family.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 12:23 PM | Report abuse

SavedByZero, congratulations. Your post manages to combine sanctimony, speculation and judgmentality in equal parts.

If you had nothing worthwhile to contribute at this time, and I see nothing worthwhile in it, then why bother posting this patronising garbage?

Unless I am very much mistaken, you have NO insight into Taylor's life other than that provided by the media, and what basis is that to judge ANYONE on? Kindly get off the bully pulpit and allow people to gain their own perspective.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 27, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Being in the Virginia Beach area... I am glad I was able to make it up for game last year and see him play... I am from VB went to George Mason, met my future wife there and settled down there for a few years as we got serious and married. When we discovered she was pregnant and would we would be expecting (both being beach people) we wanted to move to the beach to raise our kids. The last few years with my son and daughter's birth made it tough to make the trip up there, but I did with a friend (unfortunately a cowboys fan)...
It was the Tennessee game and I remember vividly how he seemed to carry the defense last year and specifically that day even though we lost. Travis Henry was running all over our Defense and Sean Taylor was in on practically every play as the a safety he kept coming out of the secondary to make tackles and stop the bleeding...

I remember vividly how hard he played last year on D when this team struggled mightily but there he was a as the ROCK and WARRIOR THAT KEPT FIGHTING. He struggled at times last year, because I think he tried to do too much with the struggles the team was having on D. He was the one player that stood out as coming to play every game for better or for worse... As a fan you can't help but love and admire the way he played

Not to make light of the most important human side of this tradegy, but..

Sean, You will truely be missed by your fans and teammates I enjoyed watching you on Sundays for the past 3.5 years...

RIP my friend!

BTW - Sorry to ramble on about my life story but it just flowed out of me on a emotional day like this...

Posted by: EinVB | November 27, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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