ksinghas wrote:I remember last year when we played Dallas at home and we blocked their FG at the end of the game. Taylor picked up the ball and returned it setting up a game winning fg by Novak. Personally that is the memory that I will forever hold in my heart of Sean Taylor.
He had long sleeves on that day and they were really, really baggy. As I was watching that game with my 11 year old Sister that day we both jumped 3 miles high when that FG was blocked and Sean ran it back so far. It was an unbelievable runback- and he drew a 15 yard face mask penalty. On the slow motion replay they showed for that play, his sleeves were flapping around, we nicknamed that play "Sean Taylor's sleeves flapping in the wind" play. Which to this day is still saved on my computer easily as my favorite play from last season.
There was also a playoff clinching fumble recovery he had against the Eagles New Years day- on the first day of 2006. Everyone was looking at the pile of players who were going for the fumble and Sean Taylor just starts running... And running... And scores a touchdown. He then goes on to do it in the playoff win vs Tampa in a double fumble play which I'll never ever forget. Marcus Washington recovers a Caddy fumble and then he himself fumbles. Sean Taylor had never given up on the play even when it appeared it was dead, he scoops up the fumble and runs to the end zone. Man how crazy how everyone went when we saw that... What amazing memories.
My personal Sean Taylor moment has got to be the one I saw with my own eyes.
Tuesday July 31st 2007, it's day 3 or 4 of training camp open to the public. It happens to be the first day that Laron Landry is with the team after finally signing his rookie deal the previous night. When those two lined up side by side for the first time in the first 11 on 11 drill that day I sensed something about that defense, everyone there did. You could feel the size, see the speed, sense the intimidation these safeties brought to the table.
NFL players already thought twice about entering Sean Taylor's area of the field, he had the speed of a cornerback and hit like a linebacker. An extremely rare combination that we do not see much at all. Now he 's with Laron Landry another insane safety, man I remember talking to the guy next to me that day "I would never want to go deep vs either of these safeties." It's easy to forget some of these football players size when we watch on TV. When you see them in real life and can get a real idea of their size, it's quite amazing. It's easy to forget how huge most of them are when all you see is them on the field with a bunch of other huge guys.
What happened for the first play in training camp that day? It's a pass attempt and the WR (believe it was James Thrash) gets absolutely smashed by Taylor for an incompletion. The very next play Landry makes a run stuffing smash tackle that drew gasps from crowd. Having those two guys in the secondary that day I saw many special things for the immediate future.
I shed a tear writing this post. Sean Taylor I will never forget you, you are in a better place right now watching down over us. You are an inspiration for young football players everywhere, you were humble, rarely spoke to reporters and when you did it was always about the team, always about others, the offensive line, the coaches, always wanting to talk about unnoticed people instead of yourself. You always studied film so much, understood the game so well, understood so much to the point Greg Williams even said he believed Sean Taylor knew more than some coaches. Sean Taylor was one of the most gifted athletes in the NFL and will be greatly missed.
In memory of Sean Taylor's humble and quiet demeanor. I'm gonna go silent and quit posting as much. It's amazing what you can learn in life when you sit back and listen to what others have to say instead of always speaking yourself. This is one important thing I think Sean Taylor was here to teach people. It's also important to remember what's really important in life. Life is never something to be taken for granted. Football is just a game, it's a fun past time, it's a sad shame this had to happen. I encourage everyone to keep Sean Taylor's family in their thoughts and prayers, I will in the next few days for sure.
Sean Taylor 1983-2007