I first met Redskins rookie quarterback Chase Daniel on April 30 of this year. I know this because it was the day before minicamp started, but also because you don’t forget the days when you accidentally make yourself sound like a complete stalker. I’ll get to that story in a second.
First, there are a few quick bullet-point notes about Daniel, the kinds of things that will likely form the basis of any training camp profiles:
- Like the other fan-favorite Redskins backup quarterback, Colt Brennan, Daniel put up frankly ridiculous collegiate stats.
- Also like — and, in fact, alongside — Brennan, Daniel was a Heisman trophy finalist in 2007.
- ALSO also like Brennan, Daniel slipped in the draft because of doubts that his skills would translate to the pros.
- Unlike Brennan, @ChaseDaniel is an avid user of Twitter.
That last one is important, not just because “Athlete X Uses Twitter” is one of the go-to media stories of the moment, but also because it brings us back to that whole stalker incident.
When Daniel signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent, I started following his Twitter updates. And, aside from a minor skirmish with WJFK’s Chad Dukes over a misunderstood tweet, it was all pretty much day-in-the-life stuff. Right up to and including his updates as he traveled to Redskins Park on April 30:
“Flight running a bit late but nothing can ruin this day! Wearing a red lacoste shirt with a Redskins hat in Cowboy territory..I love it!”
So when I bumped into him in the lobby of Redskins Park — red polo shirt and Redskins cap intact — a few hours after that was posted, I said something idiotic along the lines of, “Hey, you’re Chase Daniel, wearing exactly what you described on Twitter,” without realizing quite how it was going to sound. (For the record, he nodded politely, shook my hand, and moved on with his life without feeling compelled to get a restraining order or anything. Hopefully I’m just overinflating the awkward factor in my mind.)
In any event, the point is that Chase Daniel likes to use Twitter. He’s also a really friendly guy, and the sort of person who takes a legitimate interest in the world around him. So from the time he hit Loudoun County, he’s been taking advantage of the whole right-near-Washington-D.C. thing, and he’s been tweeting about it.
That includes local burger joints —
Fellow Redskin & 5 Guys newcomer Brian Orakpo got 2 bacon cheeseburgers fully loaded & a large order of fries,I guarentee you he finishes it […] 1st Observation-that was slap yo mama good, 2nd-why do they give you soo many fries??, 3rd-I don’t even wanna know how many calories I ate!
— to the museums —
National Air & Space Museum in DC…amazing experience
Going to Baltimore for the day..any advice on what to see…headed to the harbour
So once I finally got over the mild awkwardness of our initial meeting, I sat down with him to ask him about all of it, sightseeing stuff and quarterbacking stuff alike. (Because, you know, nothing alleviates interpersonal awkwardness quite like asking a guy about the doubts about his ability to succeed in his chosen career. That smooths things right on out.) Read more »
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