Almost a decade after his death, the NFL still misses Sean Taylor


Sean Taylor's presence, like many of the hits he laid on opposing players who were unfortunate enough to meet him in the middle of the field, is a powerful one. Anyone who's been on social media Sunday and follows those associated with the NFL knows that fact is indisputable.

Nov. 27, 2016 marks the nine-year anniversary of the Redskins' safety's death, which is startling to think about. Somehow, it's been almost a decade since Washington lost one of its brightest players, a man who was coming into his own both as an athlete and a person. 

But those nine years haven't done anything to dampen the effect Taylor has had on those currently in the league or who once suited up with him, as Twitter and Instagram demonstrated throughout the day.

There was this post from Su'a Cravens, a Redskins rookie who has chosen his college and pro numbers as a way of honoring the two-time Pro Bowler:

Kirk Cousins tweeted out a photo along with a phrase that certainly holds true:

DeSean Jackson put up a picture on Instagram along with a lengthy caption that did a nice job describing what made Taylor so great:

Then there were these Instagram posts from Santana Moss and Clinton Portis, who were two of Taylor's closest friends on the Burgundy and Gold. Portis' cutline is especially worth the read:

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Really really miss you bra #21foreva #rip🙏🏾

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9yrs ago I got the call that changed me forever. I've lost loved ones but no calls hurt like this one. In life we strive to be better in every aspect, although we often fall short we continue to try & improve. You were far from perfect but those around you couldn't tell, your heart was huge, your smile would encourage anyone who saw it to have a better day, while your drive spoke for itself. Today instead of being sad I encourage the world to enjoy the memories you shared with us, jump on YouTube & watch some highlights of how the game was meant to be played. Hold up those #21 with pride & share your stories with someone who can relate. @redskins #httr #seantaylor #meast #rip21 #goat #cane4life #theU

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Among others to pay tribute were Chris Baker, Torrey Smith, Todd Gurley, and the league as a whole:

Gone but never forgotten, indeed.