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Josh Wilson Now Has A Better Definition Of ‘Home’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 23, 2011 – 3:37 pm

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Approximately one year ago, Josh Wilson was at practice at the Seahawks facilities in Seattle, when he was pulled off the field and told that he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens.

Talking to the media shortly after, he admitted that he was “shocked,” but that there was definitely a silver lining.

“There’s no place like home,” he said of going to Baltimore. “I went to college a mile away from where I went to high school and now I’m going just down the highway from where I went to college to play in the NFL.  So I’m not too upset about that.”

Fast forward a year, and Wilson jumped at the opportunity to sign with the Washington Redskin in free agency, a move that he once again compared to coming home.

In light of the upcoming match-up with the Ravens on Thursday, the Upper Marlboro native explained how “home” is a relative statement.

“This is definitely home,” he said with a smile.  “When I was in Baltimore, I never figured that I’d get even closer to home, but I’m a Redskins fan for sure.”

The distance from his hometown to FedExField is a fraction of the distance to M&T Bank Stadium, where he will take the field in Burgundy and Gold on Thursday night.  But he explained how his affiliation to Washington is much more than geographically convenient.

“Growing up, I never really knew too much about Baltimore,” he said.  “I’m a P.G. County kid, and that’s like Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach.”

Wilson’s eyes still light up when he talks about his favorite Redskins, including his appreciation for the special teams.

“I had a Mark Rypien jersey growing up.  I’m like a huge Gary Clark fan, Ricky Sanders.  I was a big Ken Norton fan, Darrell Green,” he listed off.  “I really wanted to meet Chip Lohmiller–I dunno why.”

Anybody that wants to meet the kicker, is a true fan of the team.

At the moment, it’s not clear if Wilson will be available to play against Baltimore, but if he is, he likes the way he fits into the defensive scheme.

“I’m gonna be making plays,” he said.  “When I’m getting my groove on, I can make plays on the ball, creating situation that help our team win. I’m definitely going to get my opportunities, and the way that the defense is set up, I definitely have a chance to make some plays.”

Baltimore may be relatively closer to home, but it’s nice for this Prince George’s native to be back in the real DMV.


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15 Responses to “Josh Wilson Now Has A Better Definition Of ‘Home’”

  1. By RussianBreadMaker on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    If both Helu and Wilson make the team (highly probably), which one is going to give up number 26?

  2. By Hmmm on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    I hope Washingtonian O’s fans are taking notes.

  3. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    @Hmmm-
    Are you saying that a fan should change allegiance when another team moves to town? I think the Redskins would lose a lot of fans in Baltimore :-)

  4. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    @RussionBreadMaker-

    I think that’s a problem that the Redskins are excited to have. There are a bunch of duplicate numbers though: 24, 26, 36, 38, 39, 57, 58, 66, and 72.

  5. By Hmmm on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    I really couldn’t care less about fans in Baltimore.

  6. By Carl007 on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    Ken Norton never played for the Skins! WTF???

  7. By REDSKINSALLDAY on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    I was thinkin the same thing no Ken Norton for da SKINS matter of fact didnt Norton SR or Jr play for the girls? WTF??

  8. By Carl007 on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    I think he played for Dallas and the 49ers

  9. By timmoe on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    dude Chip Lohmiller. good skin to wanna meet

  10. By Carl007 on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    Forgot all about Chip

  11. By Carl007 on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    My favorite Skin of all-time was Darrell Green — not even close!

  12. By powerslave on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    I’m hoping he meant Ken Harvey.

  13. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    @powerslave-

    I’m guessing that he did. I wouldn’t tar and feather him quite yet :-)

  14. By Carl007 on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, it was probably Ken Harvey.

  15. By profwrightbsu on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    He either meant Ken Harvey or Ken Houston.

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