Originally posted on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 11/27/11
By all accounts, Sean Taylor shouldn't have survived as long as he did. The bullet that struck him during a botched robbery attempt at his Miami home on the night on Nov. 26, 2007 pierced his femoral artery, causing massive blood loss. He underwent seven hours of surgery and reportedly flatlined twice during the operation. Still, he held on. When Washington D.C. went to sleep that night, it was with encouraging news that Taylor had squeezed the hand of a nurse. Maybe he'd survive. Maybe he'd make a full recovery. Maybe he'd even play football again. When Washington D.C. woke up Tuesday morning, four years ago today, the news was different. Sean Taylor, 24 and a rising star in the NFL, the kind of player whose mere presence around the ball provided the jolt of excitement for which sports fans live, was dead, murdered by an intruder in his Miami home. The team didn't have much time to mourn; there was a home game against the Buffalo Bills five days after Taylor's death. I was in the c...
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