Early Tuesday morning at a
Sean Taylor died of complications from a gunshot wound when someone broke into his house. While police are treating it as a forced entry intrusion, presumably a robbery attempt, it seems that
While details are still sketchy, the intruder apparently forced his way into
The intruder entered
There is no indication at this time that anything was taken. This was however the second break in at the
The fact that someone broke into
In a group interview he stated “It’s like we play a kid’s game for a king’s ransom.”
The light had turned on.
Family, friends and team mates all noted a different
Those of us who are parents completely understand the transformation.
Unfortunately for him, for his daughter and the NFL, his epiphany was cut cruelly short.
This is the second time in 2007 that an NFL player was shot and killed.
In January Bronco’s cornerback Darrent Williams died when his limo was sprayed with bullets after a nightclub incident. In 2005 Jerome McDougal was shot in the stomach by armed robbers. And while unrelated to this story, the Chargers Steve Foley and former Raider Barrett Robbins were shot by police officers.
And while it wasn’t a player who was targeted, you have to throw the Pac Man Jones incident into the mix as well.
Whether the target is due to the players own foolishness, as in the case of Foley, Robbins and Jones, the outcome is the same.
Players are targets because of their celebrity.
Hopefully the league will add security education to their list of things that players need to be more aware of.
It won’t help Sean Taylor, and his family will find no solace with his loss.
His daughter will never see the light that was her father, and that is truly the saddest part of the story.
Ben Ice is a member of the FSWA and is saddened at the loss of Sean Taylor. There will be no tequila shots or beer bongs this week. Instead he will light a candle and pray for his family, knowing that the most difficult times still lie ahead, and for a little girl who will never know her father and the special place she held in his heart. If you have questions or comments about this article or just want to talk sports, email Ben at