Sean Taylor succumbed to the gunshot wound he suffered late Sunday night. He was 24.
It's hard to write something that sounds sincere on a website that is generally anything but that, but — as a fan — I was genuinely interested in what Taylor did on and off the field. For better and worse, he played with the utmost passion — from his punishing hits in the secondary to the spitting incident that marked him as a "bad guy." He was perhaps not the best safety in the game, but it's likely he was the most feared.
Of course, I can only distill from Taylor what I saw on the playing field. His life extended beyond the sidelines, and my heartfelt wishes go out to his girlfriend, his one-year-old daughter, and the Washington Redskins community.