Honorable Mention: Sean Taylor — Career ended at 24 in 2007
So many fans of the Washington Redskins look back on the career of Sean Taylor and continue to ask themselves: “what if?” There are many people who believe that the hard-hitting Taylor could’ve been one of the greatest safeties of all time, because of his incredible athletic ability and his savage hitting style. Named to the Pro Bowl after the 2006 season, Taylor looked like he was ready to become a true superstar in the NFL in 2007.
However, while recovering at his home in Florida, after sustaining a knee injury, burglars broke into Taylor’s home and fired upon Taylor when he was trying to defend his girlfriend and baby. Less than 24 hours after the attack, Taylor fatally succumbed to those wounds.