Sean Taylor was a Miami legend after growing up in the city and playing both high school and college football there, including winning the 2001 National Championship as a part of one of the most stacked college rosters in history.
Dwyane Wade is a Miami legend after playing with the Heat for parts of 15 seasons across two stints, including winning NBA Championships in 2006, 2012 and 2013.
Their time playing in Florida only lasted from the time Wade was drafted to the Heat in 2003 to Taylor being selected by the Redskins in 2004, but they both made their mark in a town that loves its sporting heroes.
On Tuesday night, Wade decided to pay tribute to Taylor during the Heat's matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.
Dwyane Wade paying tribute to Sean Taylor tonight, on the 11th anniversary of his death. pic.twitter.com/OCwp9g8vBx— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 28, 2018
It's common practice for NBA players to use their shoes to honor friends and family, make fans aware of causes important to them, or pay tribute to those who have passed. Wade picked Tuesday to write "RIP Sean Taylor" on his shoes due to its obvious significance; it was exactly 11 years ago that Taylor died after being shot protecting his family from burglars in his home.
Taylor's 2007 death rocked D.C. and the sporting world at large, including his legion of fans in Miami. Wade, of course, was still starring for the Heat at the time, and surely felt the impact Taylor's loss had on the Miami community. It's a kind gesture for the superstar to recognize Taylor on such an emotional day for his friends and family.
Small acts like these help Taylor's memory and legacy live on more than a decade after his untimely passing. While it will never get easier for those closest to him, it's always cool to see other athletes taking the time to honor a special player, and a special man.
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