Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/13/14

SEATTLE - JANUARY 05: Washington Redskins fans hold up a Sean Taylor jersey before the Redskins take on the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card game at Qwest Field on January 5, 2008 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Sean Taylor was widely known throughout the NFL as one of the most ferocious hitters in football. His goosebump-inducing hits even earned him the nickname “Meast” from his Washington Redskins teammates, who endearingly described him as a “half-man, half-beast.” The ferocious young defensive back didn’t get the chance to establish himself as the NFL’s all-time great players, though, as he was tragically killed during an invasion at his Florida home on Nov. 27, 2007. Taylor, just 24 years old at the time of his death, played three-plus seasons in the NFL, but left a considerably impact on the game even in his short time. He was known as something of a cult hero in Washington D.C., where Redskins fans adorned him for his ferocity and hard hitting. Taylor was also voted to two Pro Bowls, including one posthumously in 2007, becoming the first NFL player ever to be selected to the game after his death. In a mere coincidence, Taylor’s most memorable moment in the NFL may have also come during his lone Pro Bowl appearance in 2006. In the middle of the third quarter, Taylor laid one of the biggest hits ever seen in any NFL game on then Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman. Moorman had decided on his own before the play to try and run the ball for the first down. But as the punter approached the first-down marker, Taylor, who started the play about 20 yards away in the secondary, rocketed down the field like a missile and lit him up keeping the AFC from converting the first down. Taylor’s hit is still talked about today when discussing some of the most memorable moments in Pro Bowl history, and should be looked to as a prime example of a proper open-field tackle, especially as helmet-to-helmet hits continue to become a rampant problem across the league. Check out Taylor’s bone-crunching hit in the video below, and remember the legendary player on the five-year anniversary of his tragic death. Thumbnail photo via Facebook/R.I.P Sean Taylor  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Peterson releases statement, no mention of the Vikings

Bulls general manager expects Derrick Rose back in 4-6 weeks

Ray Allen reportedly will not sign with Cavaliers if he returns

Shane Vereen squashes rumor he wants $5 million per season

Jon Gruden on Meyer: 'Greatest coaching job of all time'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Vince Young to work out at NFL Veteran Combine

Report: Mike Wallace unwilling to restructure contract

Report: Colts targeting Brandon Marshall

Rakeem Christmas leads Syracuse in exercise of futility

Report: Phil Jackson to be fined for comments on college player

Rondo 'extremely unlikely' to re-sign with Mavericks

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

Pirates issue statement about ISIS executioner wearing team hat

WATCH: Dress debate threatens to derail Brooklyn Nets’ season

FIFA gave Fox the 2026 World Cup to avoid a lawsuit

WATCH: Charles Barkley rips analytics again

Dark horse World Series contenders in 2015

The Jacksonville Jaguars need to step up

Jon Stewart and Seth Rollins feud comes to a head(lock)

MLS must get labor deal done before embarking on new TV era

NASCAR driver's car stolen from hotel parking lot

WATCH: Herm Edwards breaks down infamous llama video

Rex Ryan has truck with Buffalo Bills paint scheme

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Earl Lloyd and basketball’s cruel February

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.