Gregg Williams: Sean Taylor was the best player I've ever coached


It's been 15 years since Sean Taylor died and not a day goes by that Gregg Williams doesn't think about him.

Williams, who is now the defensive coordinator for the XFL's DC Defenders, was the D-coordinator for the Washington Redskins at the time Taylor was murdered in 2007. Taylor, a father and a husband, was on track for a Hall of Fame career on the field.

Williams was asked what Taylor could have become during an appearance with The Sports Junkies.

"I've been blessed to have coached a lot of really good football players and to have been a part of their careers — over 2,000 now, NFL players, I've got a chance to be on teams with after all these years," Williams said. "I've got a double-digit number of guys that are in the NFL Hall of Fame."

"With all that being said, the best player that I was ever fortunate enough to be around and to coach was Sean Taylor," he said. "There's no doubt in my mind that he would have been at the top of the top of the top of the peak of players that have had the opportunity to do that."

"No day goes by in my life that I don't think about him," Williams continued. "Every single day. I relay stories. I speak with him behind the scenes myself. I know he's looking down on me still. We had a tremendous relationship off the field also."

"He wasn't a person that trusted an awful lot of people," he said. "You had to earn that trust. I earned his, he earned mine. I think about him daily. It's been a really tough situation, because I think he — there's no doubt about it — he's the best player I've ever had the opportunity to mentor and coach."

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