Shortly after the win against the Packers on Sunday, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall tweeted the above picture of himself, his son, and Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, along with the message, “Gotta Support DC Sports! Shout out to the best Hockey Player in the Best Sports Town! Great8-HTTR”.
During today’s open locker room, he explained a little bit about how that came about. “He came up to me after the game, said ‘What’s up,’ wanted to see how everything was going,” Hall said. Which is probably pretty much just like your postgame, bumping into old friends and/or the greatest hockey player on the planet.
Hall added that he’d met Ovechkin “a couple of times before” and that since he’s been in D.C. he’s gone to a couple of hockey games. “He’s a Skins fan,” Hall said. “You know, as D.C. guys, we all gotta stick together. We all go support John Wall — he done been to a couple football games too — so, you know, we’ll all stick together.”
He also explained the slightly complicated process of explaining to his son — NOT a hockey fan — who Ovechkin was.
His approach, he said, was to say, “‘Hey, this is the LeBron James of hockey.’ I had to try to break it down to him like that, and he kinda understood that. So I’m gonna have to take him to a couple hockey games this year.”
Despite that comparison — which will probably aggravate more than a few D.C. sports fans even though it’s perfectly accurate on the surface — Hall had a different answer when Dan Steinberg asked how he would describe Ovechkin’s game. “Probably [like] LaRon Landry,” he said. “Like a hundred miles an hour. He’s got more offense, though.”
This whole conversation was one of the more overt recent demonstrations of the whole D.C.-athletes-support-each-other thing, so I also asked Hall if enjoyed that sense of community. His answer was characteristically blunt. “Yeah, if you’re winning,” he said. “So we all gotta win.”
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