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Jason Campbell on the Inauguration and Meeting Celebrities

Posted by Matt Terl on January 21, 2009 – 5:42 pm

I watched the inauguration and the various galas, balls, and soirees from the warmth of home like most everyone else, and I’ll be honest: I have no regrets about that. Somehow, I don’t think my infant daughter would’ve been much fun at any of those things.

But I did find myself curious what it was like for the people who were there, partially from a historical perspective and partially from a celebrity pecking order perspective. Does, for example, Ray Romano get excited to bump into Jay-Z? Does will.i.am strive to catch a glimpse of Anne Hathaway?

Thanks to Jason Campbell, I was able to get some of these questions answered, at least from his perspective.

So did you get to the inauguration?

I wasn’t able to go down to the actual inauguration, but I was down there four straight days going to different events, and I got into the inaugural ball yesterday. Trying to get in for the inauguration was hard, with all the people and the bridges closed and all that.

Well, how were the things you did go to?

Oh, man, it was real nice. You know, you got a chance to meet a lot of different people, and it just goes to show you that everyone was willing to come together at this time, no matter if you were white, black, Latino, or any other race or ethnic group.

There was a lot of energy in the air, a lot of togetherness, a lot of people willing to work with each other and not seeing each other for what they are, but for what they stand for. I saw a lot of people — it was exciting to see.

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Wednesday, January 21: Scott Campbell Talks Senior Bowl

Posted by Matt Terl on January 21, 2009 – 10:00 am

Well, the offseason is officially underway for all but two teams. The coaching carousel is spinning furiously, and the football hot stove season is getting into full swing with the Senior Bowl practices this week in Mobile, Alabama. From one perspective, this is the collegiate all-star game that matters the most to pro scouts, when the best college seniors of the previous year get together under NFL coaching staffs — this year the Bengals and the Jaguars — and practice in an NFL system. From another perspective, it’s somewhere between a meat market and Black Friday at Best Buy.

This year’s Senior Bowl is of special note to Redskins fans, because when the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame adds two members for 2009, they’ll both be Redskins. That’s right — in an ironic echo of August’s Redskins Day at the Pro Footbal Hall of Fame, when Darrell Green and Art Monk had Canton, Ohio, painted burgundy, this Friday’s ceremony will honor Shaun Alexander and Jason Taylor. Somehow, I doubt that’s going to inspire quite the same level of enthusiasm from Skins fans, but I suppose you never know.

Anyhow, in the run-up to Senior Bowl week, Gary Fitzgerald of Redskins.com and I had the chance to sit down with Redskins director of player personnel Scott Campbell to find out what he’s looking for and what it’s like down there in Mobile, Alabama.

Talk in general terms about the Senior Bowl. What makes it so appealing to personnel guys?

What we like about [the Senior Bowl] is that it’s coached by NFL coaching staffs, so their practice setups and the drills that they’re doing are what we do. So it’s easy to see all the one-on-ones, the inside drills, the pass skeleton team drills, with NFL coaching.

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