With another week of OTAs in the book the Washington Redskins are one step closer to kicking off their 81st campaign with all sights set on a fourth Lombardi Trophy in our Nation’s Capital.
The 2013 Thursday night kickoff between the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos is just 97 days away and Grantland has been amping up NFL fans across the globe with highlight packages of some of the greatest to ever step on the gridiron.
Redskins legend Sean Taylor is one of them.
After being drafted by the Redskins with the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, Taylor instantly became one of Redskins Nation’s favorite players and a terror for the rest of the league.
Week after week No. 21 would have receivers terrified to cross his path—and yes that even included perennial Pro Bowlers such as Reggie Wayne.
Punters–well they didn’t stand much of a chance either.
Despite the fact that Taylor’s life was tragically cut short, his impact on the game is everlasting.
His ruthless aggression and relentless will to be the best ball-hawking defensive back in the league garnished a cult following with the youngest of football players.
Grantland’s Robert Mays summed up Taylor’s unrivaled skill set as:
A high school running back built like a linebacker who could run like a corner, Taylor was the purest of football talent. That he didn’t wear gloves later in his career really is too perfect.
The days of being the next greatest Joe Theismann or John Riggins were gone. Instead every youngster wanted to be the next Sean Taylor.
2013 NFL Draft pick Phillip Thomas was one of them.
Despite growing up nearly 3,000 miles away from Redskins Park, the fourth round pick accredits Taylor as one of the reasons as to why he became a rabid fan of the Burgundy and Gold.
“Of course it has to be Sean Taylor,” Thomas said of his favorite Redskin growing up. “To watch him play the game and as aggressive as he was and as great of a player as he was, he studied the film and did everything he had to do and he was a perfectionist so of course he would be my favorite player on my favorite team.”
On your lunch break today sit down and watch this 31 minute ultimate highlight package of one of the greatest players of the 21st Century.
To view more about Taylor, please visit his tribute page on the Redskins website.
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