Pro Bowl Lineup Includes Taylor

Murdered Redskins safety posthumously selected as starter
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2007 11:03 AM CST
Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis wears the number of Washington Redskins' Sean Taylor on his eye black during the second half an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, killed last month in a home invasion, has been elected to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year as free safety. The posthumous honor isn't merely a tribute: In the nine games before he died, Taylor had 42 tackles, a forced fumble, and a league-best five interceptions, reports the Washington Post.

"It's a fitting honor and I know Sean's family is proud, but it's also very sad," said a family friend. The NFL will have to decide how to handle Taylor's empty roster spot, and how to honor the 24-year-old during the game. The only other athlete elected posthumously to a major all-star game was Pelle Lindbergh of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1986.