Cleveland Browns rookie safety Sheldrick Redwine trained with Sean Taylor’s father and has tried to follow in the late safety’s footsteps as a player.
Sheldrick Redwine was selected in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft but he could end up having a big impact as a rookie for the Cleveland Browns. Currently, the Browns will start Damarious Randall at free safety and Morgan Burnett at strong.
While both are talented, Randall has never played a full 16 games in a season and Burnett hasn’t done so since 2012 while still with the Green Bay Packers. That means even though the starters are set, there will be plenty of opportunities to get on the field a lot and Redwine will likely only have Eric Murray to beat out as the primary backup.
But what kind of player will hit the field for the Browns when Redwine gets his chance? According to him, he hopes he can be similar to his favorite player, former Miami Hurricane and Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor.
Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot recently wrote about the connection Redwine has to the late safety who was murdered in his own home back in 2007. In there, she talks about how Redwine’s mother worked with Taylor’s mom and got him an autograph as a kid — which he still has.
Redwine remembers when Taylor passed and has dedicated himself to honoring the safties memory, even emulating things he did on the field.
“I taped my fingers and stuff going out to practice just trying to be like him a little bit,’’ Redwine said via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “You say that name at Miami, everybody knows who you’re talking about. Just seeing how he played, he played the game reckless, but he played it between the snaps also. He (had) an aggressive nature. I feel like I have that about myself, too.’’
In addition to trying to prepare and play aggressive like Taylor, Cleveland’s fourth-round pick has even trained under Pete Taylor, Sean’s father. A coach in South Florida, Pete Taylor called it “therapy” to be able to work with young men and watch them grow.