He could play the ball in the air with the best, but Sean Taylor made a career out of dropping the boom.
In the NFC Championship Sunday night in Seattle, Seahawks safety and Norfolk, Va., native Kam Chancellor did his best Taylor impression. The safety made 11 tackles, put a hurting on Vernon Davis and intercepted Colin Kaepernick to help send Seattle to Super Bowl XLVIII.
Earlier in the week, Chancellor told the Seattle Times he watches Taylor highlights before every game.
“I watch Sean Taylor. That’s a guy that I always watch. Before every game I always watch his highlights, just the way that he approaches the game. the physicality that he brings to the game. He’s a big safety, he can run, cover, unfortunately we don’t have him now may he rest in peace, but that’s a guy that I always try to simulate my game after.”
Former Redskins and Seahawks defensive back Shawn Springs told Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN.com that Seattle’s super secondary reminds him of a position group in Washington that included LaRon Landry, Carlos Rogers and Taylor.
“We used to have a competition amongst ourselves because we all felt like we were the best,” Springs said. “And I have to feel like those guys feel the same way. Nobody wants to be the weak link. You feed off that energy.”
Taylor made his own mark on the postseason, tallying six tackles and returning a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown in a 17-10 win over Tampa Bay on Jan. 7, 2006.
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