Famous who died young: Sean Taylor

March 9, 2012 by staff 

Famous who died young: Sean Taylor, Sean Michael Maurice Taylor (April 1, 1983 – November 27, 2007) was an American college and professional football player who was a free safety for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons. Taylor was drafted in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Redskins. He played college football for the University of Miami, was a member of the Hurricanes’ 2001 BCS National Championship team, and earned consensus All-American honors. Due to his ferocious hits, several of his pro teammates nicknamed him “Meast,” a portmanteau word from the expression “half man, half beast.”

Taylor died at the age of 24 on November 27, 2007, from critical injuries due to gunshots by intruders at his Miami area home. His death led to an outpouring of national support and sympathy, especially in the Washington area, where Taylor had been a fan favorite as a Redskin, and the Miami area, where Taylor had starred for the Miami Hurricanes, after leading Gulliver Prep to a Florida state high school championship and setting a state record for most touchdowns in a season (44).

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