AGE: 24 (April 1, 1983 – November 27, 2007)
CAUSE OF DEATH: Murdered during a botched robbery.
COMPLEX SAYS: Taylor's ability on the field was never a question, as he had been an All-American safety at Miami and helped their team become national champions in 2001. Selected fifth overall by the Redskins in the 2004 draft, Taylor lived up to the hype by earning two Pro Bowl selections and a rep as one of the most feared defensive players in the league. But as his career took off on the field, it was his changes for the better off of it that made his coaches and teammates take notice. Sadly, his life was cut short in a botched robbery at his home in Palmetto Bay, Florida as Taylor was shot in leg and died the next day from significant blood loss. We usually don't condone highlight reels with soundtracks but this seemed most appropriate for the Miami native. R.I.P. Grim Reaper.