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Donovan McNabb 'Looking Forward To Great Things Happening'

Posted by Matt Terl on July 27, 2010 – 3:34 pm

New Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabblike new Redskins linebacker Chris Draft — is a published author. And, also like Draft, McNabb’s writing focuses on the importance of family and fatherhood. Unlike Draft, though, McNabb has not written a children’s book. Instead he’s contributed to “NFL Dads Dedicated To Daughters,” joining more than 70 past and present NFL players to write about what it means to be father to a daughter and how to prevent violence to women.

At a signing today at a Borders Books in D.C., McNabb explained more about the concept behind the book. “We’re trying to express more about the love of athletes for their families, and being able to sacrifice a lot of different things for them giving us the opportunity to play the sport and play at a high level. But we also spend time with our families to make sure that they’re having a wonderful day and make life a little easier for them.”

McNabb has four young children at home, and someone jokingly suggested that maybe the grind of training camp (starting Thursday! Print out your invitation and bring school supplies to donate!) would be easier than dealing with the kids at home. Given the tenor of the event, McNabb quickly pointed out the grim flipside to the training camp experience.

“It’s easy when you’re spending a lot of time with them and they see you every day,” McNabb said, “but when you’ve been gone for weeks or a month or so and then you come home, you know sometimes your baby’s being so young, they don’t recognize you, they haven’t heard your voice in a while and it takes some time to get back in the swing of things.”

And he used the rest of that thought, about the importance of keeping his family happy, as a conversational pivot to talk about keeping “the Redskins family” happy.

Here’s what he had to say on that score: Read more »

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Joe Theismann Teaches Autograph Theory And Development 101

Posted by Matt Terl on July 27, 2010 – 11:16 am

About a year ago, people started asking for my autograph. Not a lot of people, and not (for the most part) random people on the street. But when I would walk around Redskins Training Camp 2009, fans would ask me to sign things.

I’ve never been much of an autograph collector myself, although I do remember waiting in the parking lot outside of RFK after a game against the Falcons back in 1991 and having a great time getting players to sign my seat cushion. So I understand where people are coming from when they ask; I’d mumble something awkward and sign self-consciously and continue on.

Of all the strange things that have happened to me since I started this job, that was the strangest. Still is, every time it happens.

But here’s something that managed to make it even stranger: one person who noticed my uncertainty when signing autographs was Joe Theismann, and — when I ran into him at Redskins Park the day after one of last year’s preseason games — he took it upon himself to instruct me in the proper thinking behind signing an autograph. Read more »

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Phillip Daniels, Message Board Dude

Posted by Matt Terl on July 27, 2010 – 9:11 am

Everyone’s got their own way of getting ready for training camp. Some people go on one last vacation. Some hold three charity events in rapid succession. Others buy gifts for their wives and families. Redskins defensive lineman Phillip Daniels spends a couple hours on the official team message board answering fan questions. To each their own.

Still, when a random faceless message board dude tells you that Carlos Rogers is primed for a big season, you can take or leave it as you see fit. When that message board dude has been sharing a practice field with Rogers for all the offseason workouts, the words take on a little more weight.

So here are a few of the questions and answers; you can see the rest in the thread on ExtremeSkins. (All typos, misspellings, and funny grammatical things are [sic] except for where I used [ticked] to protect my more sensitive readers from a marginally more offensive word choice.)

Who has benefitted the most from the switch to the 3-4 and/or the new-look offense?

Daniels: I would have to say our outside backers. They will get more opportunities to rush. With Andre and Orakpo on the outsides that is a good thing. [big grinning smiley face emoticon]

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