Last night’s Return To Glory event at Union Jack’s in Ballston, Virginia, was an impressive one. I had no idea what to expect, and had heard some worried rumblings that there might only be a couple of Redskins Alumni there. That was … not precisely accurate. The guest list was long, and full of storied names including — but not at all limited to — Gary Clark, Charles Mann, Brian Mitchell, and Larry Brown, all mingling and signing autographs and sharing old Dallas war stories with fans and other Alumni alike.
I’ll have plenty of those anecdotes over the next few days leading up to the Dallas game, but let me start with one of the most rousing moments of the night: general manager Bruce Allen’s quick address to the fans and Alumni.
“Redskins fans, I think you know who we play on Sunday,” Allen started, before being cut off by chants of “We want Dallas!” He let the crowd go for a minute, then continued.
“And one of the reasons that this franchise is put on Sunday night TV is thanks to the contributions of these great players,” he said, “who have made the Redskins a dominant team in NFL history. And gentlemen, on behalf of the organization, thank you so much.”
Allen went on, “Because if we could line up with these guys, I promise Larry Brown’s got another 30 runs in him and we’d kick their [butts]. But thank you for coming out, and thank you for giving them your hearts and your love back then, and then again today. Go Redskins!”
Brown didn’t necessarily say that he was ready to get in the backfield for the team again, but he was exceedingly blunt about how good it was to be embraced by the Redskins organization and the fans.
“I think it’s very, very good for a number of reasons,” Brown said. “I think that we as a group have a lot that we can offer, and a lot of things that the players can learn from us if we get closer and closer together. And I think that if we all are just one big family, I think that will help us win in the long run.”
So, I asked somewhat hesitantly, do you get that family feeling?
Brown didn’t hesitate at all. “Yes, I do,” he said. “And I think Bruce Allen’s the right person for the job. He’s a natural at what he does. You can feel it, you see it, and I think that was one of the things that was really needed: a person with good interactive skills, good people skills, and good communication skills. And he has all that, but it’s natural. He doesn’t have to work at it.”
After watching countless proclamations and speeches over the last few days, I can wholeheartedly second Brown’s assessment here. If you can watch that video above and not get just a little fired up, you’re a harder-hearted person than I.
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