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Dwyane Wade pays tribute to Sean Taylor on the anniversary of his death

Dwyane Wade pays tribute to Sean Taylor on the anniversary of his death

Sean Taylor was a Miami legend after growing up in the city and playing both high school and college football there, including winning the 2001 National Championship as a part of one of the most stacked college rosters in history.

Dwyane Wade is a Miami legend after playing with the Heat for parts of 15 seasons across two stints, including winning NBA Championships in 2006, 2012 and 2013.

Their time playing in Florida only lasted from the time Wade was drafted to the Heat in 2003 to Taylor being selected by the Redskins in 2004, but they both made their mark in a town that loves its sporting heroes.

On Tuesday night, Wade decided to pay tribute to Taylor during the Heat's matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.

It's common practice for NBA players to use their shoes to honor friends and family, make fans aware of causes important to them, or pay tribute to those who have passed. Wade picked Tuesday to write "RIP Sean Taylor" on his shoes due to its obvious significance; it was exactly 11 years ago that Taylor died after being shot protecting his family from burglars in his home.

Taylor's 2007 death rocked D.C. and the sporting world at large, including his legion of fans in Miami. Wade, of course, was still starring for the Heat at the time, and surely felt the impact Taylor's loss had on the Miami community. It's a kind gesture for the superstar to recognize Taylor on such an emotional day for his friends and family.

Small acts like these help Taylor's memory and legacy live on more than a decade after his untimely passing. While it will never get easier for those closest to him, it's always cool to see other athletes taking the time to honor a special player, and a special man.

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In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

Bryce Love hopes he'll have the opportunity to carry many footballs in his NFL career. But this past weekend, the running back picked up something that'll be just as, if not more, valuable than the attempts he'll be getting on Sundays.

How's a college diploma from Stanford sound? Pretty solid, right?

Oh, how about a college diploma from Stanford in human biology? Yeah, probably something worth hanging up on the ol' fridge, huh?

Well, that very hard-earned and impressive degree is what Love is now in possession of:

Drafted by the Redskins in late-April and walking across the stage at Stanford in mid-June, Love is doing well for himself recently. He passed up the chance to enter the draft early to ensure he graduated, and now he has.

His college GPA isn't known, but once you find out his high school GPA was 4.5 (that's apparently possible) and add that to the fact that he was able to finish up school out west while also churning up yards for the Cardinal, you can imagine it was very, very good. And if his yards-per-carry average as a pro matches or exceeds it, then the Redskins will be thrilled.

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There's a competition brewing among the Redskins defensive linemen, per Daron Payne

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There's a competition brewing among the Redskins defensive linemen, per Daron Payne

If you find yourself looking for Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen, and Matt Ioannidis, you really just need to find one of them. Odds are, if you locate one, the other two will be close by.

The second-year pro, third-year pro, and fourth-year pro have forged quite a bond on the Redskins' defensive line, which is easily the team's most promising unit going into 2019. The three guys share an appreciation for lifting really heavy weights and dropping opposing quarterbacks. 

As it turns out, that latter love is actually part of the inspiration behind a bet Payne, Allen and Ioannidis have queued up for the 2019 campaign. Payne revealed that while with Larry Michael on a recent episode of Redskins Nation.

"Me and Jon and Matt got a little competition right now on sacks and tackles," he said with a smile, but he ultimately didn't shed any light on what the competition's compensation will be.

Whatever the trio is playing for, it should be a close race.

Ryan Kerrigan led the 'Skins in sacks in 2018, but Allen (8), Ioannidis (7.5) and Payne (5) were second, third and fourth respectively. In terms of tackles, meanwhile, it went Allen (61), Payne (56) and then Ioannidis (31). 

Allen and Payne saw a ton of snaps last year while Ioannidis was used more in a rotational role, which limited his tackles. He's an insanely productive pass rusher, though, so he can make up some ground in the sacks/tackles bet by keeping that trend going. Any of them are a solid pick if you're trying to project who'll capture their title.

Payne, for one, expects to generate better numbers in his second go-round in the league.

"Of course," he responded when Michael asked if he left some sacks out there as a rookie. "Definitely did. I want to get a couple more."

In the team's offseason practices, he's already noticed that things are "coming easier," so perhaps he'll be able to record those extra takedowns he's looking for.

As mentioned earlier, you can make an easy case for Payne, Allen or Ioannidis to win their competition, but you won't know who that winner is until late December.

One thing you can already say, however? That the QBs and running backs they'll be chasing down are the losers in this thing. That much is already known.

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