Thanks to the whole "Odell Beckham vs. Josh Norman (ft. a baseball bat)" scandal that has unfolded during the past few days, everyone's been talking about all the trash talk and antics that take place on NFL fields across the country every Sunday. And while the discussion around the incident certainly hasn't reached DeflateGate levels yet, it does feel like all angles and viewpoints have been presented by now, and it's simply time to move on.
On Wednesday, however, an interesting story that involved Sean Taylor was passed along, and it's one that'll only help the adoration for Taylor amongst Redskins fans grow even more. In fact, it's a nugget that just might have made the endless stream of replays and opinions on Beckham's behavior and the Panthers' strange pregame traditions worth it, because it provides yet another glimpse into how unique of a person #21 was.
The tale's teller was Damien Woody, a former offensive lineman who played for the Patriots, Lions and Jets. But Woody's story comes from his stint with Detroit, and proves that not all attempts to intimidate other players are effective, especially when that other player is a 6-foot-3, 220 pound defender nicknamed, "Meast."
"We all knew Sean Taylor was kinda — you know, we felt like he was kinda crazy," Woody said on ESPN, courtesy of Jake Russell. "And we felt like we could really get into his head."
"So like, eight of us surrounded him," he continued. "And, I think, long story short, we soon found out this dude could probably beat all of us down. Like physically beat all of us down."
"But the point is," Woody concluded, "trash talk happens all the time."
Woody's claim that a single person could've taken out the eight Lions all on his own would've been far-fetched — if it was about almost anyone else other than Taylor. The safety, though, did things that seemed impossible every week on the gridiron, so it's a good thing Woody and his teammates didn't challenge him any further than they did. In all likelihood, it would've ended for them in a fashion similar to how collisions with Taylor across the middle of the field did: not well.