DAN: R.I.P. Sean Taylor
By Dan O'Donnell
Taylor, just 24, led a charmed life on the football field, making his first Pro Bowl last season and snagging five interceptions this year, but led a troubled life off of it. In 2004, he was stopped for a DUI, missed a mini-camp in 2005 because of a holdout, and was arrested for armed assault.
But his teammates and friends said he had turned his life around after the birth of his daughter a year ago, making his death this morning all the more tragic. As one might expect, it's left the Redskins reeling.
Me, too. I didn't know Taylor personally, nor did I ever have a rooting interest in his career. In truth, he seemed to me to be another in a long line of talented but dysfunctional professional athletes. Yet his death has brought to mind four of my high school friends who have died in the past four years, all before their 26th birthdays.
Death is always heartbreaking, but when it strikes someone so full of life, no matter how famous, how flawed, it's almost too much to bear. Our hearts here at Wisconsin Sports Weekend go out to the Taylor family, the Redskins organization, and anyone whose life Sean Taylor touched.