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FedExField: A Field Of Dreams

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 20, 2011 – 12:00 pm

Courtesy of Natalie Franke

Since it became the home of the Redskins, FedExField has been the backdrop of a million emotional moments.  From the triumph of a career-defining moment, to the bitterness of a career-ending play, players, fans and coaches have felt it all.

It only seems right to add romance to that list.

On Dec. 6, 2007, the Redskins hosted the Bears on Sunday Night Football in front of a capacity crowd at FedExField.  Two of the people in attendance were Erin Kelly and Mike Geraghty: both attending Catholic University and out on their very first date.

It didn’t hurt that the Redskins won that game, 24-16.

Last Friday–as the team prepared to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers–Kelly and Geraghty were again at FedExField, preparing to spend the rest of their lives together (with the help of photographer Natalie Franke).

Check out the gallery below:

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“It was originally scheduled for the next Monday,” explained Geraghty.  “But due to a scheduling issue we had to move it up to Friday, which worked out perfectly.”

In case you forgot, the Redskins won that game 16-7.  Everyone pool your money and we’ll get them season tickets as a wedding present.

The happy couple [along with Redskins employee, Whitney], got to wander all over the deserted stadium while crews put the finishing touches on the field.

“We went out on to the field for some pictures in the endzone, and on the fifty yard line,” he said.  “I loved the new party decks that got put in–I didn’t realize they were gonna be so big! Can’t wait to hang out there and watch the Redskins win.”

And watching the Redskins win has been a lifelong dream for these bona fide DMV’ers.  Kelly grew up in Annapolis and attended Spalding Catholic High School.  She currently teaches first grade at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Georgetown and lives in Arlington. Geraghty grew up in Burke and attended Paul VI Catholic High School. He now works for Clark Construction and lives in Vienna.

“We were both born into families that were huge ‘Skins fans,” Geraghty said.  “Since the day we were born, we were raised to love the ‘Skins and hate anything from Dallas.”

“The ‘Skins are a big part of personal lives,” he continued.  “The basement in my house–soon to be our house–is filled with all kinds of Redskins memorabilia. We have signed footballs, jerseys, and helmets. I have a bunch of posters and neon signs.”

Even though it’s been a few years since the team won a Super Bowl, there’s no shortage of passion from these young fans.

“Erin and I laugh that we are die-hard ‘Skins fans and have collected all this memorabilia, but yet we were to young to remember the good teams,” he said.  “But we are anxiously awaiting their next Super Bowl run.”

If you couldn’t tell, the pair are “huge fans” of Chris Cooley.  “Erin has tons of pictures and autographs with him,” Geraghty said.  “She even got to hang out with him during ‘Kegs and Eggs’ a few years back. He seems very down to earth and would be awesome to hang out with and go out to the bar with.”

It turns out that Cooley caught wind of their engagement and offered his congratulations on Twitter:

The wedding is set to take place in DC on April 14, 2012.  I suggested a Redskins theme.

“I would love to wear my favorite Redskins hat on the alter, or have the band play ‘Hail to the Redskins’ as we walk down the aisle,” Geraghty said.  “But I might only be able to get away with some Redskins socks or boxers though.”

In that case, what about passing the tradition on to the next generation–perhaps the name of your first-born child?

“I absolutely would–I was thinking something along the lines of Gibbs, the Chief , Diesel, or Sean T,” he said excitedly.  “But I don’t think that would go over to well with Erin though. I might have to settle for naming the dog.”

It better be a big, scary dog.

Congratulations to Mike and Erin, and may your marriage be as strong as your devotion to the Redskins.

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9 Responses to “FedExField: A Field Of Dreams”

  1. By Karen on Aug 20, 2011 | Reply

    Awesome pictures!!! What a great story 🙂

  2. By thanatos on Aug 21, 2011 | Reply

    “Since it became the home of the Redskins”??? When was it not?? “Since Snyder showed that he has no regard for the storied past of the Washington Redskins and sold the name of the stadium to the highest bidder” That would’ve been a more fitting opening line….

  3. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 21, 2011 | Reply

    I wasn’t saying it was ever someone else’s home, I was saying that the Redskins had another home before it (RFK/DC Stadium).

  4. By Uncle Skins on Aug 21, 2011 | Reply

    I went to that game too. It was the start of the 5 games straight we had to win to go to the playoffs. Shawn Springs picked off a pass and was tackled right in front of us…awesome. Memorable and bittersweet season.

    Best of luck to the two of you.

  5. By RDJ on Aug 21, 2011 | Reply

    no wonder they got access like that… Clark Construction is the company that built, and still does the work on the stadium…

  6. By Kev on Aug 21, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Erin and Mike, but I wonder how much they paid to be let onto the field. I doubt it was cheap. The Skins won’t even let fans watch training camp for free.

  7. By Ken on Aug 21, 2011 | Reply

    I love how Cooley sent them a twitter….it is so awesome to be part of the Redskin fan family !!! Great job on the blog and best wishes to Erin and Mike!!
    Go skins…….

  8. By Caroline on Aug 21, 2011 | Reply


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