The Miami Hurricanes have one of the strongest brotherhoods in all of the NFL.
Which makes sense, given the loads of prospects the program has churned out since the 1980s.
So you can best believe that whenever there’s a potential sign of disrespect geared at a former Cane, that his brothers are bound to take offense.
When that former Cane is Sean Taylor, you know it’s not going to go down well.
That’s exactly how Clinton Portis and Santana Moss felt when they previously played for the Washington Redskins alongside the late legend to form a Miami Hurricanes Big 3.
In an interview with NBC4 Sports to honor the 10th anniversary of Taylor’s death, Portis and Santana revealed a special routine of the trio each taking a pre-game shot before each game.
Eventually, that routine picked up steam with other teammates.
However once Jim Zorn, the Redskins’ coach at the time, became privy to it, he misconstrued the meaning after Taylor tragically passed away.
That was the tipping point of Zorn losing the respect of the Redskins locker room according to Portis and Moss.
Here is a clip of them talking about the pre-game shots. I would watch the whole interview though. It's 45 minutes but it flies by pic.twitter.com/BxIiXGLyr0
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) December 5, 2017
Per the Washington Post:
“Prior to the game, on our way, we would take a little shot,” Portis said. “Not like going out and getting sloppy wasted; just adrenaline. You know, you take a shot and you were done with it. Me, Santana and Sean, we did this for a year and a half before anybody knew. We never told anybody. It was just, hey, here’s a little sip, bam, that was it.”
Moss said it was just another form of bonding for the players, and that if it had negatively impacted their performance, they would have stopped. But Portis said other players later started adopting the same habit, and that Zorn thought the players were doing it in honor of Taylor. And so the coach brought it up in a team meeting.
“All of the sudden Coach Zorn came in and ‘Oh yeah, guys are taking sips for Sean.’ What?” Portis said.
And we’re like, ‘What is this conversation going to?’ And then I remember stepping out of the meeting room and he grabbed me, like, ‘Santana, are you one of those guys?’ And I think he wanted me to tell on everybody. And I said, ‘Coach, look here man, I don’t know about everybody else, but yeah, I’m that guy. But do you have a problem with my play?’”
The coach, Moss said, did not. But Portis said that Zorn “lost the locker room” when he asked players about the tradition.
“He just kind of lost a lot of us,” Moss said. “He said that, and that kind of lost us together when it came to him. Like, ‘Man, he spoke of that name wrong.’ You know, that’s kind of like a low blow. Like, don’t bring his name up in that way, you know what I mean? That’s wrong.”
To watch the complete interview, visit here.
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