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Santana Moss and Clinton Portis detail the shock of Sean Taylor's death

Santana Moss and Clinton Portis detail the shock of Sean Taylor's death

During the mid-2000s, the Washington Redskins organization was largely defined by three players: running back Clinton Portis, wide receiver Santana Moss, and safety Sean Taylor.

The trio, all University of Miami graduates, were also close friends. When Taylor tragically died on November 27, 2007 at his Miami-area home, it was a devastating moment neither Portis nor Moss will ever forget.

Portis and Moss detailed the shock of their teammate and close friend's death on NBC Sports' Sports Uncovered podcast episode "Sean Taylor: The NFL Superstar We Didn't Get to Know."

Moss was receiving treatment in the training room at the Redskins' team facility when he got the call that Taylor had died.

"I got a call that he died, and I cried like a baby right on the table," Moss said. "My trainer had to stop because I just got up and left. I was done. I couldn't believe it."

The wide receiver explained that once he heard about his close friend's death, everything else started to spiral downward.

"To this day, reliving those memories, it hurts. Man, that was a tough week," Moss said. "It was tough to the point where I saw stuff just spiraling. If I wasn't strong mentally, all of us, especially the people that was close, I just can't imagine what the family went through."

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Moss felt that he was becoming truly close with Taylor just when the safety's life was tragically taken from him.

"I felt like something was taken that day," Moss said. "I don't know if because of how many close encounters we had throughout the locker room, the meeting room, the plane rides, I felt like I lost a close friend. I was gaining a friend, and I lost him just like that. Right before I got to be best pals with him, he was taken just like that. It was hard."

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Once Portis got word that Taylor was in the hospital following the shooting, the running back flew down to Miami and went to the hospital.

"I was in Miami. I went to the hospital the day before," Portis said. "I still remember the knock when [Redskins owner] Dan [Snyder] delivered the news that he was gone."

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Despite enduring a painful tragedy, the Redskins still had a game to play the following Sunday. As the Redskins ran onto the FedExField turf, Portis waved a No. 21 flag from side to side, honoring his late friend. Fans were given No. 21 towels at the game, too.

On Washington's first defensive play, they lined up with just 10 players in honor of Taylor. After Portis scored the team's first touchdown of the game, he waved his arms like an angel's wings in honor of his late friend and teammate.

"On the verge of the world, I think Sean had grown so much," Portis said. "He was on his way to doing something so special that was going to be unheard of."

Listen to the full episode of Sports Uncovered's Sean Taylor: The NFL Superstar We Didn't Get to Know, click here.

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From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

From impossible to inevitable, Redskins name change seems imminent

A typhoon of momentum washed over the Washington football organization in the last week and all of a sudden one thing seems quite clear: The Redskins will never play another game.

There will still be football played at FedEx Field and that team seems very likely to still wear burgundy and gold, but after a series of public comments and private conversations with sources in and around the NFL, a Redskins name change is imminent.

Over and over and from different people, one phrase got repeated when asked if the Redskins were actually going to change the team name: "It's done."

The exact timeline remains murky, and there are difficult logistic, marketing and financial questions looming, but too much happened too fast for any other outcome than a name change.

Speaking with numerous sources one misconception emerged however.

While the Redskins publicly announced that the team is conducting a “thorough review” of the team name on July 3, multiple sources explained that internal conversations about changing the name have been going on for some time.

In fact, one source explained that after the murder of George Floyd in May and the massive public protests and demands for social justice that followed, the conversations about changing the Redskins moniker heated up the first week of June.

It’s unclear what the new name will be.

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Redtails and Warriors seem to have the most momentum, but that doesn’t mean either will be the new name. The organization wants to consult with a wide variety of people and resources before finalizing a selection.

The team is proud of its history, understandably, and does not want to abandon all of the team’s success and tradition. What exactly that means will be revealed, likely in the next month or so.

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Let’s be clear - public pressure from FedEx, Nike and Pepsi hastened the call for change.

When FedEx publicly requested on July 2 that Washington change its team name from Redskins, this process got sent into overdrive. The team announced its plan for an internal review of the name the next morning. But conversations, some extensive, had already begun inside the organization prior to FedEx’s announcement.

What once seemed unthinkable now seems inevitable - the Washington Redskins won’t take the field again. 

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Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Former Patriot and Eagle Pro Bowler Asante Samuel takes shot at Darrell Green

Asante Samuel got hit Fourth of July fireworks started early Saturday morning with a negative tweet about NFL Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.

The former Pro Bowler with the Patriots and the Eagles had a fine 11-year NFL career. He is a Super Bowl champion himself. But his out-of-nowhere tweets about Green, one of the NFL’s all-time great corners, were just…weird. 

Green was a dominant player on two Super Bowl champions, a seven-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 1991. He was one of the fastest players in the league, a fearsome punt returner when necessary in playoff games and an all-around great player. Even other players from Samuel’s era were confused, including former Redskins safety Will Blackmon.

That's a pretty accurate description of the differences between Samuel's era and the way the game was played when Green was at his peak. Maybe he stuck around too long and maybe he wasn't close to the player he'd once been by the late 90s and early 2000s.

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But peak Darrell Green was an unquestioned Hall-of-Fame player. Teams didn't throw at him for a reason. When they did, they paid for it. Samuel got a little aggressive for a guy who might have cost the Pats an extra Super Bowl. 

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Tony Dungy, himself a great player and a Super Bowl champion as a player AND a coach, clapped back at Samuel for his ignorance of NFL history. 

That about says it all. 

For his part, Samuel doubled down responding to some tweets but by the afternoon he was starting to see the light. Sort of. 

 

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