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The 2010 Dead Man Suit Award Is Slightly Confusing

Posted by Matt Terl on August 20, 2010 – 6:25 pm

Last year, Rocky McIntosh introduced us all to the concept of the Dead Man Suit Award, given annually to the player at the Welcome Home Luncheon whose suit most looks like it was stolen from a coffin somewhere. Safeties coach Steve Jackson was last year’s surprise winner, following Justin Tryon and Andre Carter the two years prior.

This year, I wasn’t able to stick around for the announcement of the winner — I was in Arlington doing a lottery thing, and congratulations to Joe from Alexandria, who won a T-shirt and whole bunch of other stuff! — so I was forced to ask around about the award while the judging was still in progress; even so, the field seemed to have been narrowed to three guys.

“Starts with Haynesworth, Devin Thomas, and [Director of Player Development] Bobby Crumpler,” LaRon Landry told me.

“Mr. Haynesworth’s in there,” Rocky McIntosh confirmed, “which is totally ridiculous considering the 100 million dollar contract.”

Both guys cited the same reason for Haynesworth’s inclusion: excess arm ornamentation. “Those motorcycle pads he has on his elbows,” McIntosh explained, while Landry apparently tweeted a picture of them.

Crumpler made the list because, according to Landry, “he has on a black tie with a brown and green suit.” I suggested letting Crumpler off the hook, but Landry was adamant.

Thomas suggested that Landry had just named him to be ornery, but Landry had a very specific complaint: “Devin’s shirt’s just too tight,” he said. “It looks like he has an Under Armour shirt on. He’s not in a video right now, he needs to find a shirt that fits him.”

So there you go. It sort of seems like Landry has instead gone ahead and given the award to himself, which doesn’t make the MOST sense in the world, but it’s probably best just to not think to hard about it.

Some more pictures from the luncheon, after the jump.

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