I don’t even want to mention his name, but Eric Rivera, who was convicted of killing Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was sentenced to 57 years in prison today in Miami. On November 27, 2007, Rivera and three others broke into Taylor’s Miami home wanting to burglarize it, thinking he was out-of-town.
But Taylor was at home with his family when he surprised the burglars. Taylor was shot and died later from his wounds. I’m not sure why the judge didn’t give Rivera a life sentence? But at least with 57 years it ensure that if he survives that long in prison, he’ll be an old man before he gets out.
And this saga is far from over, as there are still three other men yet to stand trial in the burglary / murder. Sean Taylor’s murder brings out a lot feelings of regret and sadness for Redskins fans, as he lost his life so young at age 24. And not to mention the loss his family and friends felt after having him taken from them.
There is also the thought of what might have been when thinking of Sean Taylor? He was a two-time pro bowler, and I think he would have gone down as one of the greatest safeties to ever play the game had he not been murdered. He was that good. Not only was he great in coverage, but also against the run.
And Taylor had this mystique about him too. The way he taped up his fingers and didn’t wear gloves. The Robot facemask and dark face shield. It invoked fear in opponents. You sometimes see safeties still imitating that look today. But Taylor could do it all, and to have him die over such senseless violence is still hard to accept, even six years later.