A new no. 21 for the Redskins

Sean Taylor

With both O.J. Atagwe and Bob Sanders’ names being thrown around as possible new Redskin safeties, one thing to consider is both of those men wear no. 21, the number of the late-Redskin safety Sean Taylor.  While that number has not officially been retired, it is now among the Redskin greats in the Ring of Honor.

But considering how much of a legend Taylor is among Redskin fans, is it time to finally move on and allow his number to be worn by another player?

Here are things to consider:

The Redskins fanbase consists of many young fans who only remember Sean Taylor as no. 21.  Some may not even remember that Fred Smoot wore it prior to him.  But in the great Redskins lore, many players wore no. 21.  Mike Nelms and Terry Allen are two of the more recent greats that come to mind.

Therefore, Taylor is one in a long line of Redskin greats to wear that number and as part of the healing process dictates…perhaps it is time to move on.

Bob Sanders and OJ Atogwe, two possible new no. 21.

Taylor does not own any significant Redskin records, nor is he a member of any championship team.  Despite his talents and on-the-field greatness, he was only a  part of one Redskins playoff team.  2007 could have been his breakout year, leading the league with five interceptions when he was sidelined in mid-November due to an injury, but that sadly was not the case.  Thought he could have been headed towards undisputable greatness, he was not able to do so as his life was tragically cut short.

Therefore, one could make the arguement that he was not even the best to wear that number.  As sacriligous as this all sounds this is probably the hard truth.

Sean Taylor is my all-time favorite Redskin because of the way he played the game on the field, and knowing that he died protecting his family.  We now have a totally new regime in charge.  A group that was totally not connected to Taylor or the incident.  I have a feeling that a new no. 21 could hit the field, but are we ready to see it?

Topics: Bob Sanders, Mike Nelms, OJ Atogwe, Sean Taylor, Terry Allen

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  • mike

    Just can’t imagine another player wearing 21…whomever is to wear it could never live up to it…yeah its just a number, but it represents so much more…

    • Nick

      Well said….it is too soon.

  • Michael

    I still don’t think it is time to move on. The reason why he wasn’t part of a championship team and didn’t achieve so much more is because his life was cut too short.

  • jt

    The Redskins have assigned 49,43,44,7,17 and even Sonny’s 9. It’s tragic that Sean Taylor’s life was too short, but when when you look those numbers that have been reused you can’t say he was bigger then them.
    There are only so many numbers, you can’t retire each of them.

  • rahdigga

    All of the players in the article who wore #21 for the Reskins were all either good or in some cases great players. However, none were snatched from us in the tragic way that Sean was. #21 for the Redskins stops as Sean Taylor (period) No discussion is necessary!!

  • mosby 15

    Sean Taylor was a very good player on his way to greatness. Mike Nelms did more to deserve Redskin “greatness” than Taylor ever did. #21 should definitely be back on the field. Not all fans are in their teens, 20′s or 30′s, some truly remember great Redskin players and teams, not this trash we have today.

  • wheresrickysanders

    How quickly we forget Earnest Byner.

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