Age: 24 (April 1, 1983 – Nov. 27, 2007)
Cause of Death: Murder
Taylor was one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the NFL during his time with the Redskins. His hit on Brian Moorman during the 2006 Pro Bowl remains just about the only memorable play in Pro Bowl history.
On November 26, 2007, burglars entered Taylor’s house, and one of the intruders shot Taylor in the leg, hitting a femoral artery. He suffered severe blood loss and died shortly after the initial shot. Five people were charged in Taylor’s death, and all five were convicted.