"Maybe we can put Sean Taylor to rest officially with the ending of 21...
...if not, maybe we can ride the emotion next year..."
Big Ben68 01/10/08
I read this comment earlier today on the "Hail to the Redskins" fan group locker talk. At first, I thought that it was a bit cynical and unfeeling of him to say. His words came across my mind initially as something like, "Yeah, let's stop honoring Sean Taylor because it's getting old and he was the reason why we LOST by 21. Let's go ditch him." I sat there, fuming at the computer screen and mentally cussing Big Ben out. I couldn't process anything; I was just livid at Big Ben and his coldness at the expense to one of my favorite players of all time.
After about a few minutes, though, the cloud of anguish fled my mind and I settled down. I started to actually think about Big Ben's words of wisdom. First things first, Big Ben would never say anything like what I initially thought he meant. I laughed out loud in the middle of a quiet Biology class at my own ignorance for even considering it. Big Ben's a Redskin fan (Sean makes his top 5 fave Redskins) and even the lowliest Cowboy supporter wouldn't dare say anything derogatory about one of the most explosive players the NFL had ever seen. With a cleared brain, I dissected Ben's words further to the point that I was able to see through to the core of his meaning.
Sean Taylor was a fantastic player. Granted, he was a mysterious one; none of the fans really knew much about him. He wasn't like a Fred Smoot or LaVar Arrington who would probably tailgate with the fans if they could. But what we knew was that Sean went out there on that 100-yard green field and played his heart out. His number, 21, shall be remembered forever. These past 6 games, his presence was felt by the Redskins and fans all over the country. Whether you were one of the players on the team or a fan that stood on that coach (yes, stood, people), screaming at the plasma that welcomed your spit in the hopes of Joe Gibbs hearing the play you just know would work, 21 was there with you.
Most of y'all probably know about the Redskins winning over the Cowboys with 21 points. I thought that the fact that we won by 21 wasn't plain coincidence. But, as most of the homers of this world (who are blinded with love for their team), I couldn't see the future. I fantasized that maybe, just maybe, the Redskins would actually win over the Seahawks with 21 points again. But we didn't. It was actually the other way around. I couldn't tell you how disappointed I was. A thousand questions rushed through my mind. Did Sean desert us? Was the magic gone? Are we ever gonna have another opportunity to get here (the playoffs) again?
The answers to these questions are not attainable by a mere human being like me. But I do understand that maybe we shouldn't have put all that burden on Sean's name. Although I wholly believe that he was there in every single day and game for Redskin country since he passed away, I think that we should truly let him rest in peace. It isn't fair that we blame (or praise) him for things that he had but a little hand in. Don't get me wrong, though... never forget Sean, but it is time to let him "rest officially" as Big Beg commented earlier.
Did I mention that the Redskins' draft pick is the 21st?