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Taylor supports West, Texas community

Posted May 7, 2013

Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor is selling “We are West, Texas” t-shirts in order to support a community victimized by an explosion at a fertilizer plant that killed 15 people.

Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor might be nearly 1,300 miles away from Baylor University, but the third-year professional has not forgotten the community where he played college football.

When an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15 people two weeks ago, Taylor and his manager talked about ways to help those affected by the tragedy.

On Tuesday, Taylor and his teammates sported green “We are West, Texas” t-shirts at the Browns’ Berea training facility and are selling the t-shirts with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the families of the victims.

“I wanted to do it,” Taylor said. “My manager and I both talked about it and thought it was a great idea, so we went forward with it. I love the Baylor community, and they’re just so supportive. Even after you leave, they’re still supportive. I love going back there all the time for games and stuff like that.

“I went to Baylor University, and it actually happened 15 minutes away from campus, and it was hard for the people on the campus to see that happen. I just wanted to support them. Just because I’m up here, that doesn’t mean that I don’t know what’s going on, and I want to support the families.”

Taylor’s t-shirt has a distinctive tie to the Baylor community, as the middle of the design is a bear -- Baylor’s mascot -- wearing a West Texas letterman’s jacket. The words “We are” are printed above the bear, with “West Texas” below. Between the words, “West” and “Texas” is an outline of the state of Texas.

The green shirt and yellow lettering is symbolic of Baylor’s school colors.

“It’s just to support the Baylor community and also, the West, Texas community as well,” Taylor said.

After practice, several Browns players were sporting the shirts, including quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide receivers Josh Gordon, who also played for Baylor, and Greg Little, running back Chris Ogbonnaya, a Houston native, and defensive backs Joe Haden and T.J. Ward.

The t-shirts can be purchased here, and when they are delivered, Taylor said fans can send him their messages of support via his Twitter account, @PhilTaylor98.

“When you get your shirt, just Tweet it to me so I can re-tweet it and put ‘#We are West, Texas,’” Taylor said.