So there was the ceremony. There was the tribute edition of Gameday, the repainted midfield logo, and the locker, of course. And there was one other official tribute — the patches on the players’ jerseys.
Coach Gibbs returned for the ceremony, and also took a few moments to share his thoughts on Taylor.
“I still have Sean on my prayer list,” he said. “I just really…. That is one of the more emotional things that any of us with the Redskins ever lived through. We appreciate him. I told his dad I still think of him all the time. It’s great that we’re going to honor him today. It’s great to be back to here.”
The talented folks at ExtremeSkins put together a tribute booklet and sent over two copies, one for Taylor’s family and one for the team. The cover doesn’t reproduce well in the harsh light of my flash, but it’s a really well-designed, thoughtful remembrance.
And a sample of the interior.
Then there were the fan tributes. Signs, and shirts, and towels and everything like that, yes.
And #21 jerseys everywhere. University of Miami jerseys, regular Redskins jerseys, throwback Redskins jerseys, Pro Bowl jerseys.
After the game, Clinton Portis was asked about all the jerseys.
“I think it was great,” he said. “You always see 21s in this stadium. They didn’t just come out today for the [ceremony] – fans always represent for Sean, and teammates and players, they represent also. The opportunity for me to run out with the flag during the introduction of Sean, it was a great opportunity.”
He also talked about the assortment of tributes, especially the repainted midfield.
“I noticed that during the game. I think this is a classy organization. That’s the way you’re supposed to pay tribute to a fallen soldier. I think Sean brought a lot of attention to this organization, he did a lot for this organization, and I think from the top, Mr. Snyder is doing what he’s supposed to do. I think the organization is great, Coach Gibbs got back for this … it was a big event.”