DJ Swearinger and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix have this in common: They're both playing really, really well at safety this season.
But here's something else the two DBs and now-teammates share: An appreciation for Sean Taylor.
Redskins fans are familiar with Swearinger's love for the 'Skins legend. Among other things, he tapes his facemask like Taylor used to on gamedays and wears 36 — the digits Taylor wore as a rookie — as a way to honor him.
Turns out, Clinton-Dix is a massive fan of Washington's beloved defender, too.
In a 2014 interview with Milwaukee's Journal Sentinel, he explained that if he could have dinner with anyone, Taylor would be his choice.
"He was my inspiration," Clinton-Dix said. "I looked up to him. I idolized him. He's a heck of a player. Man, he was a beast. I liked him a lot. To see him pass at such a young age, it was sad to me like he was my brother or something. And I didn't even know him."
Upon arriving in D.C., Clinton-Dix will have to find a new number to rock; Taylor's 21 is off limits these days.
Playing for Taylor's old squad, though, will surely be cool for him. And now both he and Swearinger can show their respect for the All-Pro by locking things down in the Redskins secondary for the rest of the season and maybe beyond.
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