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No doubt. Did you watch him play? No flame I don't your background or how old you are.
No I did not lose a sig bet, but I am really really really ridiculously good looking.
As a Redskins fan the dude did everything played the run covered, big hitter and met him off the field as a kid was humble and polite great person and player
I'm 24 so I did see quite a bit of him, but not as much as some of you did.
Definitely had all the tools to be one of the greats, IIRC he was playing around 225-230 which is crazy big for how fast he was. Only person I can recall getting one over on Taylor was Greg Jones but Jones was a mean son of a bitch.
He killed a punter in the pro-bowl. It was glorious.
Taylor was a prodigiously talented player, with immense physical gifts, and he was coming on, no doubt.
But there is a mythology that has attached itself to his legacy which exaggerates his actual performance/productivity.
To say anyone in their fourth year with one all pro and two pro bowls "was on his way to being GOAT" is idolatry.
He was also an all-American and the big east defensive player of the year as a junior. Then he was drafted 5th and took over the starting spot by week 3 and put up great rookie numbers. Redskin fans can point out numerous games he won for them. Dude didnt even reach his prime yet. 2 pro-bowls and he would have been a 2 time all pro of he didnt die.
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I loved how he used to torment Terrell Owens in every game.
He's the best Safety I've seen in college. Just dominated games by himself. Chris Rix still wakes up in a cold sweat thinking about him. Maybe the most unique player ever at the Safety position when you combine size, speed, strength, range, and skill. Huge loss. RIP.
You obviously were too stupid to appreciate him
fsufsu said... I've got about 10 great stories on Lane but all you need to know is he will never be a loser, that's for sure.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying he didn't deserve the all pro selection, or the two pro bowl selections...only that such a body of work is a far cry from any GOAT Safety list. At least any list based on actual productivity v. potential.
And in terms of saying "what could have been", he's not even at the top of the list of possible GOAT Safeties that had their career prematurely terminated.
Lastly, the whole "Cult of Sean Taylor" schtick that has arisen in the wake of his murder diminishes the actual on the field accomplishments of another great Cane who can be legitimately argued as best ever in any GOAT Safety conversation.
Great start to a career? Absolutely...but no basis for GOAT stature
He killed Jones a couple times too, they had a few on each other
IIRC they both got great shots on each other two times each
Greg Jones/Sean Taylor
lmao no kidding you idiot, but we are saying that it was obvious that he was on his way
He was better than Ed Reed, and he never got a chance to live it out
And Reed is the GOAT.
He is imo, right there with Lott
And Taylor was better than both of them imo
Taylor's 3 years at Miami took a piss on Reed's career at Miami, that is how good he was
Hell he was Ed Reed, just twice as big
He was, he could do everything that Ed Reed could do and did it in a LB's body
There is no denying that he was more talented and his first few years in the NFL were better, as was his career at Miami
Its obvious to anybody who has seen both play as much as I have, which Im sure is more than you have
Sean Taylor was a once in a generation talent just like Reed was, he was just a lot bigger and hit ten times harder
Ed Reed didn't strike fear into WR's over the middle like Sean Taylor did, and I haven't seen many defenders that did it as often as Sean Taylor would
He was 235 running sub 4.5
Actually he was 230 and ran a 4.5 but who cares, he might have played faster in pads than most
Screw a 40 time, all I know is that Sean Taylor is one of he best football players I have ever seen before and many don't understand just how good he was becoming
He was only 24 when he left and was leading the NFL in picks
He caused incompletions just by getting within sight of a WR for christ sakes
I was just saying he was fast for how big he was. Wasn't he leading in ints and he missed 3 games?
No doubt Taylor was a bigger hitter than Reed...not that Reed is the measuring stick for biggest hitter at the Safety position
But look at the first 4 years of the career of each player:
two pro bowls v. two pro bowls [one of which was because Dawkins pulled out of Pro Bowl]--Push
two all pros v. 1 all pro--Advantage Reed
1 Conference Defensive POY v. 0 Conference Defensive POY--Advantage Reed
1 League Defensive POY v. 0 League Defensive POY--Advantage Reed
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Taylor "started" the pro-bowl cause of Dawkins. Also Taylor was a shoe in for his second all Pro in his 4th year but then you know...he died. They're both great and Reed is the GOAT, it's just my opinion that Taylor would have been in the arguement had he not been murdered.
he was an alternate till Dawkins decided not to make the trip IIRC. And Reed put those achievements up despite missing nearly half of his fourth season due to injury
Maybe Taylor would have been in the GOAT conversation maybe not. I wouldn't disagree with the notion that he had the athletic gifts...but many a "might have been" career has not panned out irrespective of the magnitude of physical gifts.
Lott set the standard in the modern era, and Reed is right there with him. And had Kenny Easley not been forced to retire, he might have been above them both
Taylor was great, but I'm still not joining the cult
Yeah that's kind of where I was coming from (meant to quote one of the posts about the Sean Taylor cult). I get that he was good, but some people have a really unique obsession with him.
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