NFL fans torch Commanders over embarrassing Sean Taylor tribute: "Only way it could be worse if it was Mahomes' brother dancing in his jersey"

The Washington Commanders unveiled a memorial for Sean Taylor before Sunday
The Washington Commanders unveiled a memorial for Sean Taylor before Sunday's game and fans were not happy with the display.

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.

@PardonMyTake only way it could be worse if it was mahomes' brother dancing in his jersey
Horrible, poverty franchise…
@PardonMyTake The gasp I would have let out if I was in that room lolll
@PardonMyTake That ain’t real right?
This organization man. They just do not get it whatsoever.…
@PardonMyTake You can hear the disappointment in the crowd
The crowd's reaction to this is so telling.…
@PardonMyTake An absolute disgrace to the honor of Sean Taylor
Add this to the list of things Dan Snyder should be in prison for…
This is incredibly insulting to Taylor’s family, I’d imagine. What were they possibly thinking here?…

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.

Today marks the 15th anniversary of Sean Taylor’s passing. The @Commanders will honor him with 21 decals on their helmets. 🙌💛

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.

Washington drafted Taylor with the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami.

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Edited by Nicolaas Ackermann
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