Tuesday marked the five-year anniversary of the death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor.
He wore No. 21 and was just 24 years old when he was shot to death at his Miami-area home.
A first-round draft choice of the Redskins in 2004, Taylor was a Pro Bowl safety. A playmaker on defense, he helped take the Redskins to the playoffs in his second season.
"I was thinking to myself, it's kind of like winning the lotto to have a guy like Sean Taylor, to be able to say, ‘That's a friend,"' said former teammate Clinton Portis. "And many people don't get that opportunity."
Taylor was hurt at this point of the 2007 season. He was home recovering from his injury when as many as five young men broke into his home at two in the morning and shot Taylor in the leg. He bled to death.
Taylor's girlfriend and 18-month-old daughter Jackie were there and hiding in the home.
Taylor's father, Pedro, a police chief in Florida City, Fla. says they have all been thinking about Sean today.
"And the most important thing is knowing that one day again, you'll see Sean again," says his father.
Portis was a friend and teammate at both the University of Miami and with the Washington Redskins.
"I don't think you ever heard a time, I can't recall a time that I heard Sean bragging," Portis recalls. "That I seen Sean get relaxed. He was the hardest worker in practice."
Even though it's been five years since Taylor was murdered, the alleged gunman, Eric Rivera, Jr., is finally going on trial next April.
"Patience is the key to this whole situation," says Pedro Taylor. "And hopefully when it's time for the trial, everything will be revealed."
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