Portis and Moss open up about their time with the Redskins.
Former Washington Redskins teammates, Clinton Portis and Santana Moss, recently sat down for an interview with NBC Washington’s Carol Maloney to talk about their time with the Redskins on the 10-year anniversary of Sean Taylor’s death.
During the nearly hour-long conversation, Portis and Moss spoke about one of the pre-game rituals they shared with Taylor, which included taking a shot of Hennessy before heading out onto the field.
According to Portis, he, Moss and Taylor wouldn’t get wasted before games but, for a year and half, they would always remember to take a shot prior to taking the field.
“Prior to the game, on our way, we would take a little shot. … 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.”
Portis and Moss explained that their pre-game ritual was never an issue until Jim Zorn took over as head coach for Joe Gibbs in 2008. Moss went on to mention how Zorn lost the locker room when he assumed they were taking shots in memory of Taylor, who was murdered in 2007.
“All of the sudden Coach Zorn came in and ‘Oh yeah, guys are taking sips for Sean.’ What?” Portis said.
“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.”
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