NFL LB cast to play Sean Taylor in TV show about slain Redskins safety

Khairi Fortt, Sean Taylor

Former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was tragically killed during a home invasion. Ten years later, the story of his untimely death is being dramatized for television. As it happens, a current Redskins player, Khairi Fortt, has been cast to play Taylor in a June episode of “The Perfect Murder” on Investigation Discovery, TMZ Sports reports.

“The show is a combination of real-life interviews with investigators and family members, and scenes dramatizing the actual events … the role of Taylor’s father will be played by Fortt’s father, Guy Fortt — who was an actor working with producers on the show last year when he suggested they consider Khairi to play Sean.”

The show will detail how police helped solve Taylor’s murder, which occurred eight days after his home was broken into and burglarized.

Prior to his tragic passing, Taylor was well on his way to becoming one of the NFL’s premier defensive playmakers. In his short three-and-a-half year career, he racked up 299 total tackles, 12 interceptions (including five in nine games in 2007) and eight forced fumbles.

Fortt, the 25-year-old linebacker who will play Taylor in the show, was originally a fourth-round pick out of Cal Berkley who appeared in three games with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014. He most recently signed a reserve/future contract with the Redskins.