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Throwback Thursday: The Legacy Of Sean Taylor


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On April 1, 1983, Sean Taylor, one of the most beloved players in Washington Redskins history, was born in Miami.


After spending his early years in Florida, Taylor would first enter the public's eye as a phenomenal football player for Gulliver Prep after transferring from Miami Killian High School.

Taylor was a three-sport athlete in high school, but particularly excelled on the gridiron, eventually becoming one of the top recruits in the country.

He would select the University of Miami over Clemson and a handful of other offers.

In three seasons with the Hurricanes, Taylor pieced together one of the best collegiate careers in recent memory, including consensus All-American honors and being a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as a junior.

Taylor elected to forego his senior season and was selected by the Redskins with the No. 5-overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

During his rookie season, Taylor started 13 games, recording 89 tackles with four interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack.

Taylor would start 15 games during the 2005 season, totaling 80 tackles with three forced fumbles and two interceptions.

In 2006, Taylor was named to his first Pro Bowl, as he led the Redskins in tackles that year with 129 along with 17 special teams tackles.

Taylor had one of his best games ever during a Week 6 matchup with the Green Bay Packers during the 2007 season, as he picked off soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Brett Favre twice.

On Nov. 27, 2007, Taylor passed awau as a result of an injury from a shooting at his home.

He was posthumously selected as a Pro Bowler following his death and placed in the FedExField Ring Of Fame among the best players in team history.

Saturday would mark his 35th birthday.

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