A Virginia Sheriff’s Office Shares Tragic News That Former Baltimore Ravens Running Back Lorenzo Taliaferro, 28, Passed Away: ‘He Was Loved By His Teammates’
On December 16, early in the morning, the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office in Virginia was dispatched for a call of someone needing medical attention according to a press release.
The sheriff’s office stated “medics also arrived and transported the patient to a local hospital where he later passed away. Lorenzo Taliaferro was 28 years old. We cannot release any medial information. Our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
The tragic news struck many as prayers and condolences went out to Taliaferro’s family, along with a moment of silence:
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Lorenzo Taliaferro,” Ravens head coach John Harbuagh said. “Lorenzo was a kind, smart, respectful and determined young man – someone always committed to his teammates and well-liked by everyone in our organization. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Lorenzo’s family. May her Rest In Peace.”
“My deepest condolences to his family,” Chris Horton, Ravens special teams coordinator, said. “This is obviously tragic news. It’s sad. So much life ahead of him. The one thing I remember the most is, here’s a guy that came in, his physical, physique-body-type. When I moved in to special teams, it’s kind of how he found his role. And the one thing about this guy is, he was loved by his teammates because of how he went out and worked, how he handled his business. He was great, he was kind, he always had a smile on his face, when he came to work, he was going to work. It’s just unfortunate when you come in and with everything that going on in the world, you hear that a teammate, a guy you coach, has passed away. It’s sad. It’s tragic.Chris Horton, Ravens special teams coordinator per Ravens Twitter post
Here’s a story that shows just the type of man Taliaferro was off-the-field, helping others out selflessly:
As you read in those emails that a Coastal Carolina alumnus sent to the Ravens in 2014, Taliaferro played college football at Coastal Carolina. What an incredible story of a man who wasn’t about to miss the event at the university. And with those flight issues that would’ve delayed him from being at the event, choosing instead to rent a van and drive through the night to make it.
On top of that, with Coastal Carolina parents who were also at the airport to try and make it for parents’ weekend, asking if they needed a ride. Then, driving them to the college so they could also be there to be with their kids. That’s what I call commitment, dedication, character, fortitude, and a man of integrity. Shout out to Taliaferro. I’m sure his family was so proud of him.
Here’s some more insight into who Taliaferro was as a player and person, with a Myrtle Beach local news station’s tribute of Lorenzo:
May God be with Taliaferro’s family, friends, and loved ones through this utmost difficult, trying time.
Charlie Lapastora is a sports/news multimedia journalist who’s reported, written, produced, anchored, shot video/edited on different NBC, ABC, and FOX shows in multiple TV markets, along with digital & new media companies. Charlie has traveled the country telling national sports, news, feature, and original stories on a cable news network, airing on top 10 TV markets, satellite radio, and digital platforms. He is passionate about his faith, family—being a husband to whom he calls the G.O.A.T. of women—about reppin’ his home state of Michigan and Detroit teams (yes, including the Lions), good coffee, and loves how sports brings people together. He’s traveled the world leading and coaching sports camps and has also worked at the Detroit Pistons and LA Clippers’ NBA teams.
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