I have no problem with people sympathizing over Sean Taylor's death, but good lord, I never expected to see such an out pouring of sympathy from the entire nation. I don't remember Pat Tillman getting this much attention and media time. Sure, he got quite a bit, but let's face it, his story was quite a bit different than Taylor's.
Tillman: Gave up a lifestyle that most can only dream of to go and risk his safety for the sake of our freedom.
Taylor: Gave up the lifestyle of a criminal so that he could take care of his kid.
Yet Taylor gets more media time and national sympathy than Tillman? Give me a break. All these players around the NFL are wearing #21 stickers on their helmets in memory of Taylor. Yet when Jake Plummer tried to do the same thing for Tillman, he was told he would be fined. Maybe that's the difference in Tagliabue and Goodell, I don't know.
But that's not even the worst of it. The worst of it is that three other players died in the past year as well. Broncos CB Darrent Williams, Broncos FB Damien Nash and New England Patriots' DE Marquise Hill.
WHERE ARE THE HELMET STICKERS FOR THESE GUYS? Are their lives any less important than Taylor's was just because they weren't pro bowl players? Why aren't they constantly talked about on ESPN and other national news channels? Why didn't the Broncos start their next game with only 10 guys on defense? Or the Patriots?
I hope I haven't ranted on too long, just really irritates me that this guy who had a reputation for being a thug is causing hundreds of thousands of hearts to bleed all over the country while guys like Pat Tillman, Darrent Williams, Damien Nash and Marquise Hill have pretty much been forgotten about.
"90% of the game is half mental" - John Madden