Third Installment of Six-Part Initiative Details the Life and Career of Late Redskins Star Tragically Killed in 2007 at the Age of 24
NBC Sports Washington Production Features Interviews with Joe Gibbs, Clinton Portis, and Jonathan Vilma; Introduction from Mike Tirico
Original Storytelling Franchise, Which Launched May 28, Explores New and Forgotten Aspects of Well-Known Sports Topics
Upcoming ‘Sports Uncovered’ Releases to Focus on Barret Robbins, the Philadelphia Flyers and Bill Belichick
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 18, 2020 – NBC Sports Regional Networks’ six-episode podcast anthology series, “Sports Uncovered,” which re-examines some of the most memorable and compelling storylines and events in sports history, continues today with the debut of Sean Taylor: The NFL Superstar We Didn’t Get to Know. The episode is available for download here.
Produced by NBC Sports Washington, the third installment of “Sports Uncovered” focuses on the late Washington Redskins and Miami Hurricanes star defensive back whose tragic murder in 2007 at the age of 24 cut short a remarkable life, and what many consider a potentially hall-of-fame playing career. The in-depth storytelling explores who Taylor was as a person and player; reveals the characteristics that made him a feared and respected opponent, fan favorite and beloved teammate; details his journey from high school to four seasons of NFL stardom; and covers the shock and sorrow surrounding his untimely death.
Taylor’s unique story is told by numerous notable guests who knew him personally and witnessed first-hand his development and growth on and off the field, including former teammates, coaches and media members. The list of contributors includes: Taylor’s former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, a Pro Football Hall of Famer; his former Redskins teammates Santana Moss, Chris Cooley and Clinton Portis; his former Hurricanes teammate Jonathan Vilma; Redskins legend Brian Mitchell; his former Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams; and Taylor’s former agent Drew Rosenhaus. NBC Sports Washington’s Julie Donaldson serves as host.
Following are highlighted quotes from Sean Taylor: The NFL Superstar We Didn’t Get to Know:
- Portis on campaigning for the Redskins to select Taylor in the NFL Draft: “Every day I would call up to the facility, get them to transfer me into the room, and just say ‘Sean Taylor’ and hang up before they could reply – before they argue or anything else.”
- Williams on his relationship with Taylor: “There are legendary stories of walls vibrating, chairs being thrown and he and I almost coming to blows and fights … we had those sessions about respect, and respect is not given, it’s earned, and I had to earn respect just like he had to earn my respect, and then once we began respecting each other, we trusted each other.”
- Taylor in a 2005 interview: “You’ve seen a couple players in the last couple of weeks be subjects to shootings, and it’s just a life-changing thing … It just changes lives.”
- NBC Sports Washington analyst and former Redskin Trevor Matich: “He died saving the lives of the two loves of his life.”
An original storytelling audio franchise, “Sports Uncovered” utilizes exclusive, in-depth interviews with prominent participants, witnesses and experts to explore new, underreported or forgotten aspects of well-known topics, personalities and events centered in each of the NBC Sports Regional Networks markets, but that have had national impact and relevance.
Upcoming “Sports Uncovered” episodes include: an in-depth look at New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, the story behind former Oakland Raider Barret Robbins’ Super Bowl disappearance, and the Philadelphia Flyers’ marathon five-overtime thriller. The debut episode of the series, which launched May 28, detailed Michael Jordan’s NBA return, and the second installment covered how the University of Oregon ignited a uniform craze that revolutionized college football.
NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico introduces each episode of “Sports Uncovered.” The list of notable guests featured throughout the series includes: basketball greats Dominique Wilkins, Chris Mullin and Steve Kerr; Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie and finalist Joe Harrington; Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown and former Flyers Brian Boucher and Keith Jones.
Click here for the “Sports Uncovered” series. Episodes are available for download now on all major podcast platforms, including: NBCSports.com/podcasts, NBC Sports’ Scores app, Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and iHeart. Following is the full “Sports Uncovered” schedule:
|May 28||Chicago||“I’m Back”|
|June 11||Northwest||“The Uniform Craze That Revolutionized College Football”|
|June 18||Washington||“Sean Taylor, the NFL Superstar We Didn’t Get to Know”|
|June 25||Philadelphia||“Marathon on Ice”|
|July 9||Bay Area||“The Mysterious Disappearance that Changed a Super Bowl”|
|July 16||Boston||“The Bill Belichick You Don’t Know”|
– NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS –