Team Chaplain Brett Fuller On The Meeting With Sean's Family
Chaplain Brett Fuller spoke about the meeting Pedro Taylor had with the team this morning. Fuller said the address lasted about 10 minutes and was felt deeply. When asked if Pedro became emotional during the talk, Fuller declined to comment, but it was clear that this was no ordinary gathering.
Fuller said that Pedro Taylor as well as Sean's brother, sister, girlfriend, mother and uncles were all at Redskins Park and attended the meeting in the auditorium here. The family also toured the locker room, and gave the team "perspective on who Sean was and how much he loved his teammates," Fuller said. Fuller said that a memorial will not be made of Sean's locker here, but added that "it's going to stay in wonderful shape."
Fuller said there was a long period after the meeting when players and coaches spoke with the family, with most of the team hugging Pedro Taylor. Coach Joe Gibbs and owner Daniel Snyder also spoke to the team at the meeting (Snyder "has really gone overboard to try to help the team through this," Fuller sad). Fuller said everyone "felt a surge in the room," when Pedro Taylor spoke and that overall Sean's father held up incredibly well under the circumstances.
"He's very strong," Fuller said of Pedro Taylor. "He's a man."
Fuller said the players have repeatedly asked him to help explain why this tragedy occurred over the past few days, but that he has no answer for that. Instead, he has asked them to consider the benefits they have reaped from knowing Sean as a person and a football player, asking them to pray and consider: "Why have I been so privileged to have Sean Taylor here with us?"
Fuller also said that there are varying feelings among the players about whether or not they truly want to play this weekend "It depends who you talk to," Fuller said - but all realize that is the reality of this situation. and he expects the team to be extremely prepared to play Sunday at FedEx Field.
Also, former kicker John Hall stopped by Redskins Park today, clearly moved by Sean's death and trying to help out in way he could. I'll what John had to say in a minute, but former Redskin Derrick Dockery - who signed with Buffalo as a free agent in March - is about to do a conference call and I'll blog that live as he speaks to us on speakerphone.
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