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Sean Taylor’s No. 21 to be retired during Chiefs vs. Washington Football Team game

Sean Taylor, Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team will honor former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor by retiring his number 21 jersey on Sunday, during the game against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs at FedExField.

Via the Washington Football Team’s official website:

During the Washington Football Team’s October 17th matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, the team will honor nearly 100 alumni at FedExField, while also paying a special tribute to Washington alumnus and football legend, Sean Taylor. Taylor’s family will join the team on-field for a pre-game ceremony in which Taylor’s contributions to the team will be remembered alongside the retirement of his jersey number, 21. This will mark only the third time in the team’s 89-year history that a jersey number will be officially retired.

The Washington Football Team’s decision to retire Taylor’s No. 21 jersey is getting mixed reactions. Many believe it’s about time for the franchise to make that move. But on the other hand, there are people who think that Dan Snyder is using this event as a PR stunt to deflect the public’s attention from an ongoing legal battle.

Taylor was a star safety for Washington from 2004 to 2007. He was a two-time Pro Bowler. During his NFL career, Taylor recorded 262 tackles, 12 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, and 2.0 sacks. Taylor was a disruptive and destructive force when he’s on the field and easily could have been an even bigger football star if not for his tragic death in 2007. Taylor was shot in the leg by a house intruder in November of 2007 and died the following day.