Sean Taylor tribute

The Washington Commanders under Dan Synder have a reputation for being cheap, heartless, and lacking common decency. All of that seemed to be on display when they unveiled a “tribute” to Sean Taylor that was essentially a mismatched uniform on a wire mannequin in November. After taking some brutal (and rightful) criticism over the display, they’ve made some updates in the hope that it might seem like a more worthwhile way to honor the franchise legend.

Monday, Washington Post reporter Nicki Jhabvala shared before-and-after photos of the tribute after some updates had been made.

Previously, the uniform included a Nike jersey, Reebok pants, and Adidas cleats. The jersey was updated to the Reebok version that Taylor would have worn during his playing days. The taped face mask, different socks, and taped-up cleats are a much closer match for how Taylor’s uniform would have looked as well.

Still, it’s just a uniform on a wire mannequin and hardly the kind of display that seems to be a tribute of any kind. And it doesn’t appear that the updates appeased the NFL world in any meaningful way.

“They spent several minutes and dollars on this,” said NFL Network’s Andrew Brandt.

“They still dressed up a mannequin,” said Yaya Dubin.

“I’m disgusted for my friend/his family,” wrote Ross Cooper. “He deserves so much better. Washington would have been better off not displaying anything. This is an embarrassment to the franchise, fans, disrespectful to Sean, his family. Even w/this lack of caring putting soccer cleats is unbelievable.”

[Nicki Jhabvala]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to