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 came into the NFL the same year as Sean Taylor and immediately his athletic ability, resilience, grit, and relentless work ethic set him apart. I and many others looked to him as a role model,” Washington crew president Jason Wright mentioned in a press release. “The fact that he was tragically taken so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, coaches, and staff. We will continue to remember him and hold him up as an example of professionalism and excellence, and we will all strive to mirror his excellence in our own ways.”
Washington chosen Taylor with the No. 5 choose of the 2004 NFL Draft. He was a two-time Pro Bowler earlier than he was killed in a botched theft try in 2007.
Washington performs the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Taylor’s household will be part of the crew for the ceremony on the sphere, gamers will put on a stick with 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 instructed ESPN the crew began to plan the ceremony earlier than the season.
“We have been planning this weekend’s tribute to Sean Taylor since before the start of the season in partnership with Sean Taylor’s family and as part of our Alumni weekend activities. … We apologize to fans who would have liked more notice and will continue to share with fans ways we will be celebrating Sean Taylor’s legacy over the next month,” the assertion mentioned.