Nearly everything Sean Taylor did was unusual.
The graceful way he moved, particularly for someone his size, was unusual.
His ability to instill fear in athletes who were conditioned, starting in their childhood, to not feel fear was unusual.
And, as it turns out, the way he commuted was, at times, very unusual.
The former Redskins safety was often seen running to and from the team’s facility in Ashburn during his career in the mid-2000s. While nearly everyone else relies on four wheels to get to work, Taylor preferred to use his two feet instead.
So, why did Taylor choose to get around that way?
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Santana Moss explained the root of that behavior on the latest episode of NBC Sports’ Sports Uncovered podcast, which focuses on Taylor’s life and impact both in and beyond football.
"His dad, Pete, played a big role into why he trained the way he trained, why he thought the way he thought and did things he did, because he was always putting him in those pressure situations,” Moss told NBC Sports Washington.
One of those “pressure situations” Pete put Sean in came when, one day, he just kicked Taylor out of the car and simply said to his son, “See you at home.”
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When Pete relayed that story to Moss, Moss laughed — and then asked Pete for the point of doing such a thing.
“You never know when you’re going to have to run one day,” Pete answered, according to Moss.
From then on, Moss would at times come across Taylor “footing it” as opposed to driving. And as bizarre as that habit sounds — especially for an NFL star who already does plenty of cardio in a normal day — Moss believes it made the defender more successful when it mattered.
"You look back at his career,” Moss said, "and say he ran for days.”
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