Buck Ortega and Sean Taylor
Some of you may remember the heart-felt words Buck Ortega shared with the world during Sean Taylor's funeral. Ortega was one of Sean's closest friends, waking up early and staying up late in their quest to be the best football players possible. They spent a lot of time at Ortega's house (his father was a former NFL player), with Ortega often picking him up to go work out.
They were inseparable training partners and high-school teammates. They also played together at the U, and were briefly teammates on the Redskins, too. (Ortega was around for one training camp before being let go, then signed with Cleveland and has bounced around since).
Ortega began this season on the Saints practice squad and was signed to the active roster this week. He's in uniform today, active for an NFL game for the first time in his career. It's got to be a weird experience for this to be taking place at FedEx Field, of all places.
Jason La Canfora
September 14, 2008; 12:10 PM ET
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