ASHBURN, Va. - Early yesterday morning, the shocking word had spread: Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was dead from a gunshot wound.
From the Miami hospital where his son had died, Pedro Taylor had broken the news to Richard Sharpstein, the player's friend and former agent.
"His father called and said he was with Christ and he cried and thanked me," Sharpstein said. "It's a tremendously sad and unnecessary event. He was a wonderful, humble, talented young man, and had a huge life in front of him. Obviously, God had other plans."