Sean Michael Maurice Taylor (April 1, 1983 – November 27, 2007) was an American football free safety who played for the NFL’s Washington Redskins franchise. Collegiately he played for the University of Miami, where he helped lead the Hurricanes to a national championship in 2001. Due to his ferocious style of hitting, his pro teammates had nicknamed him "Meast," a reference to half man, half beast.
Taylor died during his NFL playing career at the age of 24 from critical injuries sustained after being shot by an intruder at his Miami area home on November 26, 2007. He died the following day at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, several hours following an emergency surgery at the hospital