Eight-year veteran Reed Doughty knows his time as a Redskin -- and likely his NFL career -- has come to an end. Doughty's been a constant presence at safety since being drafted in 2006 by Joe Gibbs, and while there's always a chance that unforeseen circumstances could call him back, he's not waiting by the phone. Doughty even posted a farewell message to the team and its fans on his Instagram account last week.
He joined Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan to discuss his career, sharing some special moments that stand out in his memory.
Drafted in the sixth round, Reed Doughty never expected to be a star, but takes pride in his accomplishments all the same.
"I think I have more talent than people give me credit for,” he said. “But I know I’m not a supremely talented, Hall of Fame-type talent, but at the same time, what I appreciated about some of the coaches I had, especially when Coach Gibbs drafted me, he said, 'There’s core Redskins, there’s core players that we need to win games that aren’t going to superstars, and never may be called, but we need you, and we need guys like that as a part of the team,' so I took that to heart, and being a special teams player and having pride in that, and yeah, I’m an overachiever, and I’m very proud of that."
His favorite Redskins memory? No surprise here, but it involves Joe Gibbs:
"When my son, in ’08, was having a kidney transplant -- I was going back and forth from Children’s Hospital, and practice, and OTAs during that time -- and I won’t forget, when I went down to the hospital for the day of the transplant, I came home later that night and there was a voicemail on my regular phone at the house, and Coach Gibbs called and prayed for me over the phone, and just left a message, about two minutes, just praying for my family and my son and his health. Had nothing to do with football, and that meant a lot to me.”
Doughty also described an unforgettable conversation with Sean Taylor just days prior to his death:
"The week before he passed, he had been hurt. We were about to play Tampa, and I had been benched the week before from the Dallas game, and Sean Taylor told me, he said, ‘Reed, there are things you can do that I can’t do.’ And I looked at him, my jaw dropped. I’m like, ‘You’ve got to be joking.’ He’s like, ‘Everybody has their skills,’ he said, ‘you have yours, use them.’ So, for me, it wasn’t about replacing Sean, it wasn’t about trying to do what he did, it was being the best I could be to help the team win. That was going to be a different role than Sean played.”
While Taylor brought exceptional talent to the safety position, Reed Doughty brought unrivaled dedication. Neither is easy to replace.