This 'n' That
It's the day after minicamp, the first day of OTAs and we'll have a wrapup and news of the day later...I want to answer quickly a question that came up over the weekend and promptly got lost in the drama surrounding Fred "Without a Trace" Davis. Someone asked why Zorn opted not to have a second minicamp (which is something first-year coaches are allowed to do). Because the Redskins have an extra preseason game, they'll go camp earlier than usual, probably by the third weekend of July.
Here's an item from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette you'll be interested in. Some of this we knew last season:
Clark honors Taylor
Ryan Clark wanted to switch jersey numbers this season, to wear No. 21 in honor of his murdered friend and former teammate, Sean Taylor.
The NFL said no, so Clark must stick with his No. 25 in games, but he has worn No. 21 in minicamp practices this weekend and will continue to do so throughout the 2008 season to honor Taylor.
"I tried to change my number this year, but the NFL wouldn't let me," said Clark, who overcame the loss of his spleen and gall bladder last season to return to the No. 1 spot at free safety this weekend.
"They kind of gave me the run-around about it -- if you do change a number after having it so long and there are jerseys made, you have to buy the other ones. I tried to do that, but they never really got back with me. It is a veteran rule, about having a number for so long. When you go to another team, it's a little different.
"So I'll just wear it in practice."
Clark, who joined the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent in 2006, played two seasons in Washington with Taylor. They both joined the Redskins in 2004 and became starters that season. Clark, as a free agent from the Giants, was the strong safety and Taylor, the Redskins first-round draft pick, was the free safety.
The two hit it off.
"I was a little bit older and I was the first guy he really played with," Clark said. "We became kind of close. He came to my house, met my parents. I met his fiance. Actually, his fiance and my wife are still really good friends."
Taylor was shot during a robbery in his Florida home Nov. 26, 2007, and died the next day. Clark took it hard.
"I did but his daughter's doing well, his fiance's doing well, so, how can I not be OK, you know what I mean? I just generally cared about him. To this day, I still think he was the best defensive back I ever played with, that I ever saw in person."
Clark was twice denied the opportunity to wear the No. 21. Complications from his sickle cell trait in the high altitude in Denver in October caused him to lose his spleen and end his season. A month later, all NFL players wore a No. 21 sticker on their helmets to honor Taylor.
"When everybody got the opportunity to wear the No. 21 on their helmet, I didn't," Clark said. "So it's kind of just my little tribute right now because I didn't get the opportunity."
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