Antrel Rolle has moved on.
There will still be a moment or two during Sunday’s game when the Cardinals safety will be at FedEx Field in Washington and remember his former childhood friend, college teammate and former Redskins Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor, who was shot and killed at his home in Miami, Fla., last November.
Rolle has promised to keep his mind on football, but a conversation Thursday with teammate Darnell Dockett about how different the Redskins look without Taylor, might trigger a flashback or two.
They played football together from age 6, they played together at the University of Miami, and both wore No. 21 in the NFL.
Since then, Rolle has gone from starting cornerback, to nickel corner, to starting safety.
They hadn’t spoken much in the final year of Taylor’s life, but after playing a game and a couple sleepless nights, Rolle flew to Miami for the funeral. Rolle said he hasn’t visited Taylor’s grave since, but he’ll remember in his own way before this weekend’s kickoff.
“I just try not to think about it too much and keep my head in the game,” Rolle said, “but I know once Sunday comes I’ll say a prayer for him and wish him the best, and hopefully he’s up there wishing me the same.”
DIGGING THE GOLD
Olympic gold medal winner and former Phoenix Maryvale state champion wrestler Henry Cejudo did a minitour of the Cardinals locker room Thursday.
The 21-year-old Cejudo is the youngest U.S. wrestler to win a gold in freestyle, and passed his hardware around to several players and coach Ken Whisenhunt while posing for pictures.
It’s one of a few stops Cejudo has made since returning from Beijing last month, including appearances on the Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno television shows and a visit to his former high school.
LEARNING THE COLOR WHEEL
Jim Zorn, a surprise pick for the Redskins’ head coaching job, quickly learned an important fact about the franchise: the correct team colors.
“I called them maroon and we are not maroon, we are burgundy,” Zorn recalled upon accepting the job, “and we are not yellow, we are gold.
“I’m still paying for that. That’s one of the things I learned very, very quickly here, that (fans) are passionate.”
For the second consecutive week, last Sunday’s Cardinals game was the most-watched television program in Phoenix. The CBS telecast of Sunday’s Cards-Dolphins recorded a rating of 17.5 and 34 share while reaching 315,000 households. ... According to Stats Inc., Kurt Warner (19 of 24 for 361 yards) is the only quarterback in NFL history to complete more than 75 percent of his passes and average more than 15 yards per attempt in the same game, which he did against Miami. ... The Cardinals have lost the last six meetings between these teams, and haven’t won in Washington since 1998. ... Former Cardinals head coach Joe Bugel (1990-1993) is the Redskins offensive line coach. Bugel used to coach Cardinals assistant head coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm during Grimm’s days with the “Hogs” in Washington during the 1980s.
Tribune writer Mike Tulumello contributed to this report