As a student of the game, it isn't surprising to learn that Arizona inside linebacker Daryl Washington likes to watch offseason video of the NFL's all-time greats.
Jack Lambert, Ray Lewis and Mike Singletary are among the names on Washington's viewing list.
But so is someone who never played the position: The late Sean Taylor.
Mind you, Taylor had traits that some of the best linebackers share. He displayed them during a four-year NFL career as a star safety with the Washington Redskins before his 2007 murder.
"That's one of guys I always admired," Washington told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview. "I like the way he played. He could run, hit and intimidate guys.
"I never considered myself as just a linebacker even in high school or college. I always considered myself just an athlete would could do many different things. That's what I thought Sean Taylor was -- a big, physical guy."
With the way he has dominated this season, Washington himself may someday become the proto...