Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman heard wide receiver Anthony Armstrong chatting on ESPN Radio about his new job, and checks in with this update. I’m mainly excited that he was able to create the “Ninjas” tag, which is something I’ve always thought this blog needed.
by Brian Tinsman
As this unusual offseason continues, players are finding increasingly creative ways to stay busy.
- Cincinnati Bengal Chad Ochocinco found out the (very) hard way, that he’s not a bull-rider. Or a soccer player.
- Baltimore Raven Tom Zbikowski found out that he is a good boxer.
- New England Patriot Tom Brady tried out his best Derek Zoolander impression.
And then there’s Anthony Armstrong — or should I say Coach Anthony Armstrong — who recently caught up with John Kincade of ESPN Radio to discuss his somewhat unusual offseason gig.
“This year, they said, was a record turnout and it exceeded the amount of people that could coach,” Armstrong explained. “On that last day, actually my girlfriend–her son was still on that [waiting] list–went in there to kinda see. I just asked, ‘What do I have to do to coach, what am I required?’”
Apparently having prior soccer experience is recommended for the job, but not totally necessary. Armstrong played the sport for one year, and that was almost 20 years ago.
“I came into it with very limited soccer experience,” he said. “My first day I actually went out there and I was looking around, seeing what other coaches were doing. My practice time was a little bit later than some of the other soccer coaches, I was picking their brain, and seeing what drills they were doing.”
Armstrong’s playbook started out pretty simple: See. Shoot. Score. “I was basically just like, ‘Alright, dribble the ball and kick it in the goal,’ and that’s really all it was,” he said. “It’s actually grown since then, and I’ve actually learned a few terms.”
“I’ve learned a couple things. I think the kids have taken to it slowly, but surely.”
Armstrong is just a guy trying to give back. This isn’t something that glorifies himself or keeps him in the spotlight. He’s just helping eight 7 to 8-year-olds get out and play soccer.
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