Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the sudden and tragic death of Sean Taylor. The former Washington Commanders' safety was just 24 years old at the time of his death. The Commanders have announced that they will be unveiling a permanent memorial inside FedEx Field in honor of the former star safety.
Before Washington was set to host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Commanders fans gathered inside FedEx Field to watch the unveiling of the memorial. However, when the memorial was unveiled, it wasn't a statue as many would have predicted.
It was a mere mannequin wearing his helmet and uniform - similar to what NFL teams use to display their new uniforms for an upcoming season. Fans' disappointment could be heard in a video of the unveiling, as many assumed they would be seeing an official memorial.
NFL fans took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to discuss their displeasure with the memorial. Some even mentioned last year's Jackson Mahomes situation where he was allowed to dance on Taylor's number on the sidelines before the latter was honored.
Some fans even called out owner Dan Snyder, who is likely to sell the Commanders franchise soon.
How did Sean Taylor die?
On November 26, 2007, Sean Taylor was at home with his fiancee Jackie and their one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. The former NFL safety heard someone breaking into the home and went to find out what was going on. As he approached the four men, he was shot in his upper leg. The bullet hit the femoral artery which essentially caused his death the following day.
His fiancee and daughter were not injured during the home invasion. Their home had been broken into just about a week earlier and at the time, the intruders went through a safe and desk in his home office.
Four men aged 17-20 were charged with Sean Taylor's murder and are currently serving prison terms ranging from 18 years to life.
The Washington Commanders inducted their former safety into the Ring of Honor in 2008. In November 2021, his number 21 was retired and no other player on the Washington Commanders will ever wear it.