The Washington Football Team will retire Sean Taylor’s No. 21 jersey over the weekend in a transfer that raised eyebrows amid the fallout round Jon Gruden’s emails.
Washington made the announcement Thursday the crew would honor Taylor with the ceremony.
“I got here into the NFL the identical 12 months as Sean Taylor and instantly his athletic means, resilience, grit, and relentless work ethic set him aside. I and plenty of others appeared to him as a task mannequin,” Washington crew president Jason Wright mentioned in an announcement. “The truth that he was tragically taken so early damage our participant neighborhood, but additionally our followers, coaches, and employees. We’ll proceed to recollect him and maintain him up for instance of professionalism and excellence, and we are going to all try to reflect his excellence in our personal methods.”
Washington chosen Taylor with the No. 5 choose of the 2004 NFL Draft. He was a two-time Professional Bowler earlier than he was killed in a botched theft try in 2007.
Washington performs the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Sunday. Taylor’s household will be part of the crew for the ceremony on the sphere, gamers will put on a follow pay tribute to the defensive again and coaches will put on a No. 21 lapel pin. Taylor’s solely the third participant in franchise historical past to have their jersey retired.
NFL followers seen the odd timing of the jersey retirement announcement. The NFL has been urged to launch emails that have been part of the league’s investigation into alleged office misconduct. Gruden’s damning emails have been messages despatched to former crew president Bruce Allen.
A crew spokesperson informed ESPN the crew began to plan the ceremony earlier than the season.
“Now we have been planning this weekend’s tribute to Sean Taylor since earlier than the beginning of the season in partnership with Sean Taylor’s household and as a part of our Alumni weekend actions. … We apologize to followers who would have preferred extra discover and can proceed to share with followers methods we will probably be celebrating Sean Taylor’s legacy over the following month,” the assertion mentioned.