Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
The Washington Redskins will honor the late Sean Taylor by inducting him into the club's Ring of Fame in a ceremony before the Giants game Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. ET. It's hard to believe it's almost been a year since the Pro Bowl safety was shot and killed while attempting to protect his family during a robbery at his home in Miami.
When I was talking to Santana Moss on Saturday, Taylor's name came up several times. The former University of Miami players were close friends, and Taylor's death has had a profound effect on Moss' life.
It will be interesting to see how Jim Zorn manages his team in the days leading up to the Giants game. The matchup will likely have huge playoff implications, but I'm sure Zorn realizes how emotional some of his players will be in remembering their teammate that week.
In some ways, it might help that Zorn wasn't around the organization during that difficult time. He'll certainly realize what the anniversary means, but he'll mainly be focused on preparing for the Giants.
Joe Gibbs told me Monday that the four-game winning streak that allowed the Redskins to qualify for a wild card spot in 2007 was "the most gratifying time of my career."
He did an unbelievable job of keeping the Redskins focused during a time of profound sadness. Gibbs is planning to be in Washington for the ceremony. In fact, he said he's looking forward to attending games once the NASCAR season ends in a couple of weeks.
It's interesting how people talk about how important it is to find "closure" when we lose a loved one. Well, I don't think the Redskins will ever find complete closure -- and that's not a bad thing. In many ways, Taylor's still a part of this team. When players celebrate birthdays or welcome children into the world, many of them can't help but think of Taylor. The Ring of Fame induction is another way of celebrating their teammate's life and legacy.
"It's appropriate that Sean joins our Ring of Fame after a stellar career cut short far too soon," said Redskins owner Dan Snyder in a press release Wednesday. "His life touched so many of us in such deep and lasting ways. His presence is all around us, in our organization and among our fans."