The 2011 Draft Day Party is on April 30, less than a month away, and it’s a good time every year. As this year’s event approaches, I’ll be looking back at Draft Day Parties past; meanwhile, you should go print your party pass and start making plans to hit this year’s event.
First up, a scene from last year’s event as newly-drated offensive lineman Trent Williams gets his first look at Redskins fans.
When new offensive tackle Trent Williams took the stage at today’s Draft Day Party at FedExField, it was the first time he had seen a large gathering of Redskins fans, but not the first time he’d heard about them. His good friend (and fellow Redskin) Malcolm Kelly saw to that. “You know, Malcolm told me a lot about the fans,” Williams told me. “He told me they was crazy about their football, and that — coming from Oklahoma — it was the same type of treatment. That was really important to me, comin’ to an NFL team.”And Redskins fans lived up the advance billing:
“I knew college fans were really die-hard, but I didn’t really expect that from NFL fans. I really expect we’ve got the best fans in the nation.”
Later, Williams was asked what the fans can expect from his tenure with the Redskins, and he answered with absolute conviction:
“Super Bowl appearances”It was, he told me after his appearance, something that he extrapolated from what Orakpo had told him before they took the stage. “He just told me that they got a great culture here, made some great offseason moves, and that we’re in the position we wanna be in. He said that if I come in with that chip on my shoulder ready to play, the sky’s the limit.”
At that point, though, Williams hadn’t so much as put on a Redskins jersey. So for a brief while, his best moment as part of the Redskins was meeting the fans at the Draft Day Party. “The ovation I got when I walked onstage,” he told me at the time. “Everyone was already standing, but the ovation was amazing.”
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