The Washington Times - August 24, 2009, 08:39AM

While working on today’s dead-tree edition story about Richard Taylor, I asked Ralph Friedgen when the last time he had a sixth-year player was.

He just smirked.

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“I don’t know,” he said. “With about three degrees. He’s more educated than most of you guys.”

Can’t argue with that. Taylor’s bachelor’s and master’s (in addition to the master’s certificate he’s working on now) beats my two-of-a-kind (bachelor’s).

But while degrees are nice and so is playing football, Taylor is thinking about bigger things.

The man already has a full-time job. His master’s is in real estate development, a field that will rebound from the last couple years and probably boom again.

And he has a very clear vision of where he eventually wants to be: A crucial figure in the board room.

“That’s what I want – to be in the room making all the big deals,” Taylor said. “The richest people in the world aren’t football players, and I don’t think we sit back around here as football players and look at that. The richest guys in the room, the guys with all the power, are the owners. Definitely to get to that level is the level I want to get to.”

As grand plans go, that one’s pretty good.

Patrick Stevens