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Redskins Attract Interest From Down Under

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 11, 2011 – 5:01 pm

Does this man look out of place at a Redskins practice?

If the blue-striped jersey didn’t give it away, then the Australian accent was all I needed to peg him as an outsider.

This is Dan Benbow, a native of Melbourne, Australia, and a resident of Vienna, Va.  He came to practice earlier this week to meet his new favorite Redskin, the growing legend: Sav Rocca.

Okay, he’s a punter.  But in his previous life he was an Australian Rules Football (AFL) star.  Decked out in his North Melbourne Kangaroos jersey (called a guernsey or sweater), Benbow was waiting to get a T-shirt signed for his father back in Australia for Australian Father’s Day (Sept. 4).

I had finally found my man to ask about Aussie Rules Football.

“It’s great that Sav is out there kicking,” Benbow explained.  “But Sav had the amazing ability when he played for the AFL, to kick a goal from like 70 meters out.”

That’s only about a 77 yard-punt, for you Americans.  Not a big deal. Read more »

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Josh Wilson Carrying On A Football Family Legacy

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 11, 2011 – 1:26 pm

New Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson was born into football.  His grandfather, an offensive lineman, played in the Canadian Football League for years.  His father, Tim Wilson, played fullback for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints from 1977-1984.

By the time Josh arrived in 1985, his future was pretty much decided.

“It was a blessing,” he said about growing up in a football house.  “You get to have a little advantage over some people because you can talk to people that have been there. I knew what it took to get here.”

He sat across from it at dinner every night.

Josh grew up in a close-knit house and idolized his father.  “I always had a good relationship with him,” Josh remembered.  His father passed away when Josh was 11 years old from a heart attack, but remains a big influence in his life.

One of the many things the Tim taught Josh, was how to put the professional in being a pro football player.  When Josh started playing, he wanted to be a running back and wore his father’s No. 45, expecting to be a star. Read more »

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The Calm Before The Storm

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 11, 2011 – 11:29 am

Can you believe that as of three weeks ago, we had no football, no relevant news to report, and no prospects for a resolution?  Fast-forward to tonight, and we’re looking at the first football of the 2011 season.

For the Redskins, today is the final day of preparation for tomorrow’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  There is no practice open to the media, so today is good day for me to catch up on some back-logged stories and prep you for tomorrow’s game.

The general consensus among players is that tomorrow is fairly important, not in terms of results, but in terms of getting in some work.  It’s been a long offseason for everyone, and regardless of rookie or veteran status, it’s hard to get back up to speed. Read more »

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Lorenzo Alexander At Home On The Field

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 11, 2011 – 11:02 am

Whoever said, “Home is where you make it,” would have loved Lorenzo Alexander.  The man who has been likened to a Swiss Army knife and nicknamed the “One Man Gang,” has played in the league for four years at:

  • Two positions on offense
  • Four positions on defense
  • Is the Redskins special teams ace.

Now the man who has done it all, is doing it again, taking his talents to the inside linebacker position.  It should be no surprise that so far, the transition has been pretty easy for Alexander. Read more »

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