It would be fair to say that the Redskins draft in April attracted the attention of Nebraska Cornhusker fans.
After taking three straight Huskers in the middle rounds of the draft, the sea of Burgundy and Gold at Fan Appreciation Day was speckled with dots of Husker Red. I got a chance to flag one Nebraska fan down, and he gave me the skinny on each of the Huskers-turned-Redskins.
Patrick Farrell, United States Army, was decked out in his No. 10, Roy Helu red-on-white Nebraska jersey. Wearing his Nebraska hat and grasping his Huskers mini-helmet, he was peering down the long row of fans, looking for his favorite football players.
I walked up to him and asked him if he was a Redskins fan, to which he hastily replied, “No, sorry.”
I laughed and asked him who he was here to see. He said that his favorite player from Nebraska was defensive lineman Adam Carriker. “I’m gonna try to get up with Adam,” he said. “I’ve been talking with him on Facebook a little bit, and I’m always hoping that he’s walking by at the right time and I catch him.”
Farrell said that he has family out in Blair, Neb., and that’s the reason he’s been a lifelong-fan of the Huskers. The only time he’s ever seen the current crop of Huskers-turned-Redskins play is when he flew out to Seattle to see them play last season.
Seriously, this guy is that devoted.
Time for some predictions: how are these three new Redskins going to translate their college success to the pro game?
“I’d like to see Paul get a thousand reception yards this year,” he said. “If Helu gets in there and competes for the starting running back job, I’d like to see him get 800 or 900 yards. And I’d like to see DeJon [Gomes] get a couple of pick-sixes.”
I think the Redskins could live with that too.
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