Back in June, the Washington Commanders announced a “permanent installation” memorial to Sean Taylor, the great safety who played for the franchise from 2004 through 2007. Taylor died on November 27, 2007, after he was shot by a home intruder. A two-time Pro Bowler, Taylor was widely and rightly regarded as one of the greatest young defensive players in his brief era.
So, on June 6, 2022, the Commanders announced this:
When the team unveiled the “memorial” before their game with the Falcons, it was not what anybody really expected. More a sporting goods store mannequin with a hastily-assembled uniform than a more traditional memorial, the gesture seemed to be yet another embarrassment for a franchise that has had all too many of them of late.