Monday, September 26, 2011
Jersey Monday: Sean Taylor
Recently, I've been considering selling or giving away some of my jerseys. The vast majority of my collection is sitting in boxes in my basement right now, and even if I did eventually get a place with more closet space, so many of them are so outdated that I couldn't conceive of any time or place to wear them (sorry, but I'm not a hipster... I'm not going to walk around wearing a 1992 Vlade Divac Lakers jersey "ironically").
Still, there are a few jerseys I would never consider giving up, and this one is at the top of that list.
From the day the Redskins drafted Sean Taylor, I wanted one of his jerseys. I almost got one his rookie year, when he wore number 36, but I had a sense that jersey number assignment was temporary (though, as it turns out, I sprung for a #36 Taylor jersey earlier this year). The next year Taylor switched to #21, but somehow getting a Taylor jersey fell off my radar.
By 2007, I was back in the swing of buying jerseys, and started hitting eBay hard in hopes of finding a deal on an authentic Taylor jersey. I've recounted this story on the blog in the past, but basically I was really close to landing one in late October, but lost the auction. I didn't think about it again until a couple weeks later, when Taylor was tragically killed. I bought this jersey the next day. I've only worn it a couple times, but it'll always have a special place in my heart.
Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile. For the remainder of the NFL season, Jersey Monday will feature one of the teams playing on Monday Night Football.