Ex-Teammate Claims Taylor Was Targeted

'He lived his life pretty much scared every day,' says childhood pal
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2007 2:23 PM CST
Miami Hurricanes Sean Taylor (#26) and Antrel Rolle (#6) team up to subdue Ferri Diamond of the Syracuse Orangemen in this file photo from the 2001 Orange Bowl.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Sean Taylor's death this week wasn't the result of a robbery gone horribly wrong, says Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antrel Rolle, a childhood friend and college teammate. "They've been targeting him for three years now," Rolle said, referring to "jealous, angry" ex-friends from whom Taylor had been distancing himself recently, Sports Illustrated reports.

"It absolutely was not a burglary," Rolle said, adding, "At least, he's got peace now." The two first played together when they were six, and were both first-round draft picks from the University of Miami. Both wore No. 21: "Every time I make a play, I'm definitely going to mention him. I'm going to represent my 21 as his 21."