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On Watching Ex-Redskins In The Playoffs

Posted by Matt Terl on January 24, 2011 – 2:45 pm

The Redskins haven’t played a game of football in three weeks, but Conference Championship Sunday seemed like part of Bruce Allen’s mission to reconnect with the team’s alumni. If it wasn’t Shaun Suisham kicking the ball for the Steelers, it was Antwaan Randle El fielding punts for the same team. If it wasn’t Todd Collins coming off the bench in relief of Jay Cutler, it was Mark Brunell warming up to come off the bench in relief of Mark Sanchez.

Redskins fans have not exactly been enthused about seeing these familiar faces. A reader named Jacob Knicely, for example, tweeted this to my attention when Cutler headed to the bench: Read more »

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Watch Brothers Of The Legacy Here, All Week

Posted by Matt Terl on January 24, 2011 – 11:24 am

If you couldn’t watch Brothers Of Legacy – the Redskins Broadcast Network documentary about the decade-spanning friendship between Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff — this past weekend, or if you did watch it but want to see it again, here’s some good news: we’ll be posting the entire piece this week, one segment a day. Like I said on Friday, this is a good story well told, and worth watching whether you remember Sonny and Sam for their play on the field or just know them from the radio broadcasts of Redskins games.

Here’s part one, featuring an introduction, a look back at Sam Huff’s early days in West Virginia, and Sonny Jurgensen’s youth in North Carolina through his days with Philadelphia.

Part two will be up tomorrow. Read more »

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London Fletcher And Brian Orakpo Are Headed To The Pro Bowl (Again)

Posted by Matt Terl on January 24, 2011 – 9:15 am

Last year, London Fletcher finally made it to the Pro Bowl after 12 years of coming close … but he didn’t get the traditional trip to Hawaii. It seemed fitting, somehow, that Fletcher would finally make the squad — an honor he openly admitted that he felt snubbed on — in a year when the game was being held on the mainland. Cruel, perhaps, but fitting.

But with the news that Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher won’t be making the trip following an injury suffered in the NFC Championship game, Fletcher will finally get the full Pro Bowl experience — leis, Hawaiian shirts, the whole deal.

He still won’t experience the Pro Bowl without his fellow linebacker, though, as Brian Orakpo‘s spot on the roster was also made official; he’ll be replacing Clay Matthews, who is busy getting ready to play in the Super Bowl with the Packers. Lest you think players don’t think about these things, Orakpo was pretty pumped to get to go to an old-school Hawaii Pro Bowl. Read more »

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