WASHINGTON — Sean Taylor was well on his way to becoming one of the best safeties in the NFL when he was murdered in his home in November 2007.
But before he took the NFL by storm, Taylor was an absolute force for two seasons at the University of Miami. As a junior in 2003, the hard-hitting safety led the nation with 10 interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns. He had four interceptions the season before, during which time he also returned a punt for a touchdown.
Taylor did a little of everything at Miami, returning eight punts and three kicks over his two seasons, and he even caught one pass, which he turned into a 47-yard touchdown.
He was such a dominant player in those two years that the Redskins drafted him fifth overall in 2004.
Now, in another ode to his exceptional college career, the University of Miami has posthumously inducted him into its Ring of Honor Friday.
In addition to Taylor, the Hurricanes also inducted fellow safety Ed Reed, linebacker Ray Lewis, defensive lineman Warren Sapp and receiver Michael Irvin into the Ring of Honor. That’s good company, to say the least.
Also, here’s just a sliver of context on how incredible Sean Taylor was: Ed Reed played 45 games over four seasons at Miami and recorded four interceptions. Taylor recorded four interceptions in his first season with the Hurricanes, then followed it up with 10 the next season.
Pictures of the ceremony are available here.