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Players' Thoughts: 'Prayers' For Sean Taylor

Posted Nov 26, 2007

Several Redskins talked about how Sean Taylor had matured--as a football player and as a man--this season.

For Redskins players, the 19-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a distant memory given the circumstances surrounding Sean Taylor’s situation on Monday.

Taylor was the victim of a shooting at his residence in Florida early on Monday morning. He is currently undergoing treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida.

The latest is that Taylor is in critical condition.

Many players were at Redskins Park on Monday morning when they heard the news.

"We were a little bit down about the game, and then we came over and found out about [Taylor] and my mind immediately shifted over to praying for Sean," Chris Samuels said.

"It’s really tough. It’s already been a tough season for us, especially the past three games. But that’s small compared to what’s going on with Sean."

Added Keenan McCardell: "Everybody around here is just stunned. We’re all stunned. We’re numb right now. I can probably speak for everybody, we’re just numb. We don’t know what to do."

The Redskins held a team meeting on Monday where head coach Joe Gibbs updated the team. Wide receiver James Thrash said a group of players held a prayer session prior to the meeting.

"You never think about entering a team meeting as a football team addressing an issue that is way beiger than this issue of football," Pierson Prioleau said. "Just as a team right now, as an organization, it is bigger than football.

"This is not just a member of the Redskins. We’re talking about a dad, a brother, a friend--and that’s where we’re at with this right now."

Prioleau, his voice shaking, added that the team is "saddened about the situation going on down there. It’s very personal. As a football team, we come together and we send our thoughts and prayers out."

Several players commented on how much Taylor has matured this season.

He and his girlfriend had a baby girl last offseason, prompting a change in how Taylor approached his life.

"A few weeks ago I was telling Coach Gibbs how Sean has matured," Samuels said. "I thought he was a great guy off the field. He’s really a team guy.

"Everybody knows he’s a great football player, but Sean--you don’t see him out, he’s a home guy. He’s doing all the right things.

"For something like this to happen to him is just a shame. We really love Sean and we’re praying for him."

Added Thrash: "He’s been tremendous. From the first day I met him to now, it’s like night and day. He really has his head on his shoulders. He has been doing really well as far as just being a man. It has been awesome to see that growth."

Prior to arriving in Washington last offseason, London Fletcher heard stories about Taylor’s aloof demeanor. He was surprised at how open Taylor was when he first met him.

"Sean is a player as a player and a person has grown," Fletcher said. "You hear stories about Sean as being somewhat standoffish, but he wasn’t like that with me at all."

Added Fletcher: "We know what the power of prayer can do, so we ask for people to pray for Sean."



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