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Man convicted of killing Sean Taylor sentenced to 57 years

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.


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  • David Dorman

    Totally agree with you, Sean was a monster. I think he would have had a long multi pro bowl career. I recommend anyone to watch his highlights on You Tube and see Sean cover like Ed Reed (in his prime) and violently violate anyone catching a pass by hitting them senseless like Ronnie Lott. I think Sean was around 230lbs and ran a sub 4.4 40 yd dash not to mention an NBA worthy vertical leap. I vividly remember him close lining the Bengals RB and dropping him like a sack of potatoes with one arm, or when T.O. would be on the training table with his arms in the air screaming to anyone who would listen about having to deal with Sean. What amazed me about him was that he had the smarts to always be around the ball, if anyone carried the ball a few yds past the line of scrimmage you saw Sean flying into the screen like a rocket LOL! When he was on the field people had fear because they knew there was a chance to get blown up if they came across the middle or caught a deep ball. Those safeties are unfortunately disappearing because of the rule changes….

    • Maurice Barksdale

      Players like Sean Taylor don’t come along often. The size of a linebacker and the speed of sprinter. A truly amazing athlete. Fans were robbed of watching his greatness. And there’s no telling how losing him set the Redskins back as a franchise?