That is the third time within the Washington Soccer Crew’s 89-year historical past a jersey quantity was retired, based on the crew.
“I got here into the NFL the identical yr as Sean Taylor and instantly his athletic capacity, resilience, grit, and relentless work ethic set him aside. I and lots of others appeared to him as a task mannequin,” Washington Soccer Crew president Jason Wright stated within the launch.
“The truth that he was tragically taken so early damage our participant neighborhood, but additionally our followers, coaches, and employees. We’ll proceed to recollect him and maintain him up for instance of professionalism and excellence, and we are going to all attempt to reflect his excellence in our personal methods.”
Honoring the daddy, brother, and soccer star
The 2004 first-round draft choose additionally performed on the College of Miami, the place he was an All-American in 2003.
Together with retiring his jersey quantity, the Washington Soccer Crew additionally renamed the street resulting in FedExField as Sean Taylor Street in his honor, based on the discharge.
His household was additionally given a non-public go to at Taylor’s locker, which has been “completely preserved from his final sport,” the discharge stated.
Wright issued an apology later Thursday to followers who needed to attend the ceremony at FedExField to witness the second however have been unable to because of the late discover.
“We knew alumni weekend was the precise second for us to retire #21 in order that we may have a number of generations of legends there to honor their Burgundy & Gold brother,” Wright stated.
“We deliberate to do that proper… However we screwed up the execution and, because of this, we understand that we damage lots of our followers deeply. And for that I and we as a corporation are sorry.”
The Washington Soccer Crew misplaced the sport towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 31-13.