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Antonio Dixon Gets To See A Charity Event From The Other Side

Posted by Matt Terl on September 4, 2009 – 5:05 pm

All of the Redskins players who attended Lorenzo Alexander‘s Big Play Back To School Giveaway today had good reasons for being there. Most of them, though, were fairly general: a desire to help kids, for example, or to give back to the community.

For some of the guys, it was a little more specific. Chris Wilson, for example, still remembers what it was like to be a kid and encounter an NFL player.

“I remember going to Lions camp at Saginaw Valley State University as a kid and watching them practice,” he told me. “I remember personally running into Barry Sanders at the mall, not at an event or anything. He was out with his kids and I just happened to be in the same store. I was just kinda following him and peeking around the corner; I think he knew I was following him, but I thought I was bein’ slick.”

(I asked at this point if Sanders had eluded him by running backwards ten yards and breaking into an elaborate spin move, but Wilson was trying to make a reasonably serious point and wisely ignored me.)

“If you can see somebody and touch ’em and really size them up,” he continued, “I think it gives you a better sense of reality. Cause when you see someone on TV all the time, you kinda hold ’em so high. And even though it does take a lot of work to accomplish being in the NFL, once you see them in person, you realize, ‘I could do that,’ because he’s a human being.”

And that’s a lesson that holds particularly true for undrafted rookie defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, because around fifteen years ago — during a part of his difficult childhood that he was spending in Georgia — Dixon was on the other side of one of these “athletes take underprivileged kids shopping” events. Read more »

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On-The-Bubble Redskins Go Shopping With Kids

Posted by Matt Terl on September 4, 2009 – 4:36 pm

There was a long stretch between my interview for this job and the call offering me the job, and during that stretch I was more or less useless for anything else. This wasn’t just the usual job hunt stress, either. As you can imagine, I understood very clearly that I was interviewing for a dream job, and the pressure of waiting to hear the results was correspondingly magnified.

And that was just after an interview. It was not after weeks and weeks of minicamp and training camp and preseason games, with my every move being scrutinized by an enormous pack of cameras and voice recorders, and with each and every shortcoming endlessly discussed on talk radio. If that had been the situation, I’d probably have just curled into a ball and hidden somewhere until it was over one way or the other.

Some of they young Redskins now find themselves in exactly that situation, and instead of going into the fetal position, they decided to go shopping at Target with at-risk low-to-moderate income kids. Read more »

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Friday, September 4: This Weekend's Redskins TV

Posted by Matt Terl on September 4, 2009 – 9:32 am

So by the end of last night, despite the fact that I had spent the preceding four-plus hours staring at pictures of ACTUAL JAGUARS on the tarp covering sections of the upper deck directly across from me, I seem to have decided that the Redskins had actually faced off against the Packers.

While I get my head back together this morning, here’s a preview of what you can expect from this weekend’s Redskins TV stuff, including preseason star Marko Mitchell on Redskins Late Night. Read more »

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