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A Look At LaRon Landry's House

Posted by Matt Terl on August 17, 2010 – 7:29 pm

The September/October issue of Home & Design Magazine has a detailed look at LaRon Landry‘s recently renovated home. “When he’s not tackling opponents on the field,” the subhead reads, “the Redskins safety unwinds in an elegant Leesburg home.”

And a remarkable home it is. That’s the billiards room above, with “heavy custom doors” leading to the home theater — a home theater that’s decorated in burgundy and gold: Read more »

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Fred Davis Has A Purple Challenger

Posted by Matt Terl on August 17, 2010 – 7:05 pm

With the Redskins Rides Car Show coming up this Sunday, it seemed like a good time to take a look at some of the players’ cars that might turn up at the show. And the bright purple Dodge Challenger in the parking really stood out. I assumed it belonged to LaRon Landry — a fan of both the color purple and interesting cars — but was quickly pointed to the correct owner, tight end Fred Davis.

“I got the purple ’cause it’s different,” Davis says. “Y’know, a lot of people don’t have that — they only made, like, 200 of ’em. So I had to get the purple Hemi, something with some speed on it ‘stead of driving the Benz all the time.”

“The Benz” is Davis’s S550, the car he bought after receiving his first pro paycheck. The 2010 Challenger SRT8 Hemi is the most recent acquisition. ” Read more »

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Is Devin Thomas Growing On Coach Shanahan?

Posted by Matt Terl on August 17, 2010 – 1:06 pm

Practice today was largely a ragged affair, ragged enough that head coach Mike Shanahan paused it about ninety minutes in to get the guys properly focused and motivated after a series of false starts. Malcolm Kelly didn’t practice again (as promised), nor did Curtis Gatewood (recovering from heat exhaustion) or Mike Furrey (still dealing with a concussion). Albert Haynesworth started practice but wasn’t feeling well and didn’t finish; London Fletcher and Vonnie Holliday were given the day off, having played — Shanahan joked — 25 and 28 years in the league.

I found myself focusing on Devin Thomas, who had another up and down day to match what he’s been doing for most of this camp. If you saw Friday’s game, you get the general idea: a rough play early (the muffed kickoff return), followed by a terrific play just minutes later (the 44-yard touchdown catch). It’s the down part of the performance that has Thomas buried on the depth chart, and the terrific parts that give people hope that he can still be a productive receiver in this league.

But that depth chart position has generated some debate among the people who watch the team: is Thomas a third teamer because he deserves to be, or because Shanahan is trying to motivate him.

It’s pretty clear what Thomas believes.

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Vonnie Holliday Reunites With Part Of His Green Bay Past

Posted by Matt Terl on August 17, 2010 – 8:21 am

Vonnie Holliday was selected 19th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, two picks before Randy Moss and seventeen picks after Ryan Leaf. He spent five seasons in Green Bay before moving on to tenures with the Chiefs, Dolphins, and Broncos, but that was long enough for him to learn some of the storied traditions of Packertown. It’s trite to say that those kind of traditions can stay with a guy for his whole NFL career, but sometimes that’s literally true — as Holliday found out on Sunday.

According to PackersTrainingCamp.com, it’s been a Packers tradition “since the days of Vince Lombardi” for players to ride to the practice field on bicycles belonging to young Packers fans.

“We had to go all the way across the parking lot to our facility,” Holliday explained — a distance of about a third of a mile — “so all the kids would come out and we would jump on their bikes and ride across the parking lot.” The kids then hang on the back of the bike or trot alongside, taking the chance to chat with the player. Some of the Packers players choose a different bike kid each time, but others will make one kid their ride for the entire training camp, which — obviously — can build a relationship.

Most of those relationships don’t stretch on for more than a decade, though, which is why it was so fascinating to see Holliday reunite with Brennan Feldhausen.
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