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Washington to retire Sean Taylor’s No. 21

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Washington safety Sean Taylor will have his number retired on Sunday, ahead of Week 6’s matchup with the Chiefs. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the news via Twitter by retweeting WFT’s own announcement.

Taylor was a top five selection in the 2004 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami. He played for three seasons, plus nine games with Washington before his untimely passing in 2007. In those 55 career games, he racked up 262 total tackles and 12 interceptions. He also forced eight fumbles from the safety position and made two Pro Bowls (one posthumously).

In 2007, Taylor’s house was broken into by people who had the intent to rob his home. He was shot in the femoral artery, causing massive blood loss and eventually death the following day. Before his death, he was a rising defensive star. Taylor was named to the “80 Greatest Redskins” (before Washington’s name change) in 2002.

His number 21 will never be worn by a Washington player again following the ceremony before Sunday’s contest.

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