Santana Moss wants Sean Taylor number retired by Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 21: (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Former Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Santana Moss said that the Washington Redskins should retire the number of former Miami safety Sean Taylor.

In an appearance on 106.7 the fan in Washington, D.C. the Miami Hurricanes all-time leader in receiving yards, Santana Moss stated that his former NFL teammate and Miami late great Sean Taylor should have his number retired. Taylor made a big impact in four seasons in Washington before being tragically murdered.

Moss is the all-time leader in Miami history with 2,547 receiving yards, just 37 more than Reggie Wayne, Taylor tied Bennie Blades Miami record for interceptions in a season with 10 in 2003. Moss and Taylor were teammates in Washington for four seasons. Taylor’s murder occurred during Washington’s 2007 bye week.

In 55 games with Washington, 53 starts, Taylor 243 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, 10 interceptions, 43 pass breakups and eight forced fumbles. Taylor was likely headed towards a Hall of Fame career before his life was cut short.

To Moss retiring Taylor’s number 21 in Washington is obvious. The Redskins have already unofficially retired 21. If they are not going to issue the number to a new player, the point Moss is making about retiring the number makes sense. Moss was quoted by CBS Sports in his appearance on Washington radio.

"“It’s pretty obvious. I think Sean Taylor’s number deserves to be retired…I know they don’t allow people to wear it, but they need to retire it. Officially retire it. Say, ‘hey. This isn’t going to be worn. Hang it up.’ All of that extra stuff that you want to put on top of it.”"

Moss and Taylor missed each other by one year at Miami. Moss played for the Hurricanes from 1997-2000 and Taylor from 2001-03. Moss and Wayne were two of the Miami greats that created the foundation for Taylor and his teammates to win the 2001 National Championship and play in the BCS Championship game a year later.

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Miami finished 34-14 during the four seasons Moss was on the Hurricanes roster, 29-8 in their last three years and 34-3 during the three seasons Taylor was on the roster. Since Taylor left for the NFL Draft after the 2003 season, the Miami football program has been mired in mediocrity.