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Chris Russell Runs The 40 For Charity

Posted by Matt Terl on May 26, 2011 – 3:04 pm

Sure, it’s been nice to turn on the TV and see the footage of John Beck winging the ball to Leonard Hankerson during these players-only workouts, but this is on a whole different level. Here’s the backstory: wide receiver Anthony Armstrong told ESPN980 beat reporter Chris Russell that he’d donate a thousand dollars to charity if Russell could run the 40-yard-dash in under ten seconds.

That was in December. Most of these hyperbolic charity wagers fade into nothingness (I’m still waiting for Armstrong and Brandon Banks to race Chad Ochocinco), but Armstrong didn’t forget this one.

“We kept kinda going back and forth, but we never found the right time to do it amidst everything going on,” Russell explained. “He kept bringing it back up this week, when we were out at the practice fields [at the undisclosed location hosting players-only workouts]; finally today, the players kept egging me on.” Read more »

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Jimmy Kemp Pays A Visit To Redskins Park

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 26, 2011 – 1:06 pm

Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman talked to Jimmy Kemp at Redskins Park today. Kemp is the son of the late Jack Kemp, and president of the Jack Kemp Foundation. He was at Redskins Park to day to … well, here, I’ll just let Tinsman explain. (The AP Photo below is of Jack Kemp, not Jimmy. Just in case there was any confusion.)

Jimmy Kemp stopped by Redskins Park today to talk to Redskins general manager Bruce Allen about the Jack Kemp Foundation, of which he is President.

Jack Kemp was a former quarterback in the American Football League, National Football League, and Canadian Football League over a 13-year career. He also set up the AFL Players Association and also served his country in the US Army Reserves. After his playing career, he was a Congressman, Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate, and Presidential Cabinet member.

The man personified leadership, and that’s something that his family wanted to pass on. According to Jimmy — a former CFL quarterback himself and a native of Potomac, Md. — the foundation seeks to carry on his father’s legacy.

“We set up the Jack Kemp Foundation after Dad passed away in 2009,” Kemp said. “One of our programs is the Kemp Leadership Academy, a resource for current and former professional and Olympic athletes that are interested in public policy and potentially public service.”

The advisory board of the foundation is comprised of former athletes-turned-politicians Bill Bradley, JC Watts, Steve Largent, and Tom McMillen.

“The idea is that there are skills that translate from professional sports to a political career,” Kemp explained. “We’re really, almost a training camp for your mind, to get you ready for the battle of ideas. We think that’s one of the lessons that translates well from the playing field to the political field.”

Kemp’s trip to Ashburn was inspired by the launch of his full program this fall. “I just came out to talk to Bruce Allen about, y’know, former players who we could be working with, who could be interested.” Read more »

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Evan Royster To The Hall of Fame

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 26, 2011 – 10:47 am

The Redskins’ Hall of Fame year continues. First it was Russ Grimm, in August of 2010. Next, offensive lineman Will Montgomery in March of 2011. In April, Chris Samuels. Now intern Brian Tinsman writes about ANOTHER new Redskins Hall of Famer — and it’s not an offensive lineman this time.

No, the headline is not a brash prediction for the Redskins’ 2011 sixth round draft pick to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. (But if it turns out to be true, then you heard it here first.)

Rather, this is in regards to Royster being inducted into the Westfield High School Athletics Hall of Fame. The Chantilly, Va. native was part of the 2011 class of inductions that was honored on Tuesday night.

Royster put up massive numbers at Westfield, finishing his career with 750 rushes for 6,384 yards and 90 touchdowns. His senior year alone he rushed for 2,161 yards, and 30 touchdowns, earning him All-Metro and Virginia AAA Northern Region offensive player honors.

During his time at Westfield he also ran track and played lacrosse.

Royster assessed his strengths and weaknesses in high school via Scout.com, saying:

I run up the middle well. I’m a powerback, but have pretty good agility too. I feel I can pretty much run through or around anyone, but I still want to work on my breakaway speed. I also need to improve my cutting ability and move my feet better.

It’s not quite Canton, it’s but it’s a well-deserved honor. Congratulations, Evan! Read more »

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