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Neal Olkewicz In Photos And Words

Posted by Matt Terl on May 14, 2010 – 12:21 pm

Over at Mister Irrelevant today, Jamie Mottram has posted a whole bunch of photos from the Facebook album of former Redskins and Terrapins linebacker Neal Olkewicz. They are, as you would imagine, awesome. And they also reminded me of something I keep meaning to get around to.

Back when Russ Grimm was elected as a 2010 Hall of Fame enshrinee, I came across a 1988 Washingtonian Magazine profile of the then-Super Bowl champ Redskins. It was portraits of a dozen players, each one accompanied by a first-person account of something important to that player. Grimm’s, for example, was about Pain.

Well, I scanned the rest of the pictures and essays from the profile as well, thinking they might come in handy on a rainy day. Somehow, I didn’t realize just how few rainy days there would be this offseason. But Olkewicz was one of the players profiled, so — with Mottram’s post making this at least somewhat timely — here’s Neal Olkewicz on Getting Old, as dictated to Randy Rieland & Michael J. Weiss of Washingtonian Magazine in 1988.

(Click on the picture for a much larger version of the whole two-page spread.)
It seems like every year they’ve brought in another young player to challenge me. There have been times when I’ve said, “I don’t need this. I’ve busted my [butt] for nothing.” But I’ve been able to channel my anger. I just go into the weight room and work out. I’ve seen things like that get to other players. They start to lose their confidence and start to go downhill. Being from humble beginnings has helped me. No one ever expected me to be a starter with this team.

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A Shockingly Accurate Installment Of Hail!

Posted by Matt Terl on May 14, 2010 – 9:43 am

Ben Ceccarelli, the brains behind the Hail! comic strip, is not at Redskins Park. He’s not in the DMV, or even on the east coast. He currently lives and works in California, nearly as far from Redskins Park as you can get while still remaining in the Lower 48.

Which just makes it all the more remarkable to me that he has so accurately depicted Rocky McIntosh in this week’s strip, in both looks and (even moreso) in personality. I’m not saying that what Ceccarelli postulates here is ACTUALLY true … but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it were.

As always, click on this first panel (or on the Read More link) to see the rest of the strip.

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