Always appreciate life

National Football League fans lost a great player Tuesday, and young aspiring NFL players lost a good role model.

NFL Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor died Tuesday after he was shot in his Florida home by an apparent intruder, leaving the Washington Redskins in mourning for a teammate who seemed to have reordered his life since becoming a father, according to the USA Today.

The USA Today reported that Taylor had been transported to the hospital after being shot in the lower body early Monday morning. He underwent approximately seven hours of surgery Monday but lost extensive amounts of blood because the bullet pierced the femoral artery in his leg.

Our prayers go out to Taylor’s family. He beat the odds by becoming a young black male who made it to the NFL.

Many young males aspire to make it to make it to the status that he made, and as such, he was a role model for many young black males.

He had some disciplinary issues over the past few years but he was still a good role model that will be missed. Some of his bad conduct included brandishing a gun at a man and being fined $17,000 by the NFL for spitting in the face of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Michael Pittman during the NFC wild-card game.

This is another case where a young and succeeding individual’s life was cut short because of violence.

It goes to show you that tomorrow is not promised for any of us so we should cherish every day as if it may be or last.

Siraaj Sabree for the Editorial Board.