Earlier this morning, a young, widely-misunderstood African-American man died from a bullet wound in a Miami, Florida hospital. Outside of the Washington, DC area and the close fraternity that is the National Football League and the city of Miami — where he was a star football player for the University of Miami Hurricanes — few people, outside of his family and close circle of friends, knew him well. Certainly not many in the media. But his coaches and teammates loved him.
His name was Sean Taylor and for the past 3 1/2 years, he played safety for my team, the Washington Redskins.
He was only twenty four years old.