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Redskins Hand Out Annual P.O.Y. Awards

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 24, 2011 – 8:52 pm

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While the Redskins were very much focused on the upcoming 2011 season at today’s “Welcome Home Luncheon,” there was time to reflect on last season’s accomplishments.

Former Redskins great Gary Clark introduced last year’s offensive player of the year, wide receiver Santana Moss.  He said that his daughter describes Moss as “Sexy Cool,” and recalled that people had once compared Moss to him, “except better-looking and a step faster.”

Here was the Moss tribute video:

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Kareem Moore Wins 2011 ‘Dead-Man-Suit Award’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 24, 2011 – 8:04 pm

Even though Redskins are required to dress up for road trips, the “Welcome Home Luncheon” is the best opportunity for players to show off their taste (or lack thereof) in fashion.  At the end of the day, the annual ‘Dead-Man-Suit‘ award will be bestowed on the best of the worst.

In order to avoid such a distinction, some rookies banded together to avoid sticking out:

But when fashion is relative, and linebackers Rocky McIntosh and London Fletcher are the judge and jury, someone had to win by losing.  This year’s dubious dresser was safety Kareem Moore, who was decked out in his blue pin-stripe Seersucker suit:

For the record, the gathered media was unconvinced that he was the proper recipient, and I for one thought he looked pretty sharp.  Other members agreed:

For further explanation, I turned to lead judge and executioner, Rocky McIntosh. Read more »

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Former Redskins Cheerleader Back In Town

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 24, 2011 – 7:07 pm

Ana De Villegas was only a member of the Redskins Cheerleader squad for one year (2009), but made the commute from The Big Apple to be at today’s “Welcome Home Luncheon.”

Despite her short tenure with the team, she knows that her time with the Redskins Cheerleaders helped to propel her onto a bigger stage.

“I went for auditions and got a job dancing in New York.  I danced at the Minskoff Theater.”

Pretending to be worldly and well-cultured, I nodded my head obediently.

“That’s where ‘The Lion King’ plays, just in case,” she said with a laugh.  “It’s a beautiful theater, it was a great time.”

But just because Ana ran off to the big city doesn’t mean that she gave up her cheerleading and dancing roots.  She is now a dancer for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League.  Once I assured her that there was no obvious rivalry between the Redskins and Devils, she explained the difference in the gigs.

“It’s a little bit less cheerleading-based,” she said.  “First you have to learn how to ice skate…no I’m playing, I’m playing.  They have a platform out on the ice and we come out there and dance between periods.  During the games we’re up in the stands and there’s some platforms up there.”

She credits her time with the Redskins as having given her the motivation to stick with sports dancing/cheering.

“I do love it,” she said.  “I’m a big sports fan–definitely football first, and I missed it a lot.  I still follow the Redskins up in New York.  I had a dance gig yesterday down here yesterday and I made sure to coordinate so that I could be here.”

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Redskins Silent And Live Auctions Feature Great Prizes

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 24, 2011 – 5:51 pm

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation hosted today’s “Welcome Home Luncheon,” which is used in part to raise awareness and money for the foundation’s outreach in the community.  Both the cost of the ticket for the luncheon, as well as the live and silent auctions are used to benefit those initiatives.

Today’s live auction was conducted by John Nicholls of Nicholls Auction Marketing Group.  Emcee and former Redskins tight end Rick ‘Doc’ Walker introduced him with the superlative, “He connects with your mind in a way that motivates your wallet.”

And apparently, it worked.

The Redskins auctioned off six great prize packages that raised $18,200 for the foundation.  The coolest one, by far, was the Super Bowl XLVI Package that takes two fans back to Indianapolis for this February’s big game.

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Redskins Players Soak Up The Atmosphere Today

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 24, 2011 – 4:40 pm

A player’s primary opportunity to interact with fans is a one-way relationship through the TV screen.  Even for the fans in the stands at the game, there is little opportunity for two-way dialogue.

The Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon is a rare chance for players to interact with their fans on a personal level.  With the unusually large roster, the Redskins Charitable Foundation were able to seat at least one player at every table, giving fans a chance to eat and chat with their Burgundy and Gold-clad heroes.

As cool as that may have been for the fans, it was an even bigger experience for the players themselves. Read more »

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Redskins Are Welcomed Back In Style

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 24, 2011 – 4:09 pm

Today was the 50th annual Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon, held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.  Players were dressed to the nines and were welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd of Redskins fans and alumni.

Here is a video of the address by general manager Bruce Allen, followed by the player introductions (set to the tune of “Enter Sandman”), as read by the FedExField public address announcer, Mark Kessler:

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Young & Hightower: From Run-Stopper To Lead Blocker

Posted by Christopher Mudd on August 24, 2011 – 9:00 am

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Fullback Darrel Young and running back Tim Hightower have been working hard together in the backfield this preseason.  But their relationship wasn’t always so amicable.

For three years in college, the two faced off as conference opponents—on opposite sides of the ball. Back then, Young played linebacker at Villanova University, and Hightower was a running back at the University of Richmond.

During Young’s four-year career the Villanova Wildcats and Richmond Spiders split their series at two games each. The same is true about Hightower and his four-year career at Richmond. But because Hightower reached college a year earlier the Young, he hold the slight advantage in head-to-head games over Young (2-1).

“I remember him on special teams–he was taking guys out one by one,” he said with a smile.  “He’s a tough-nosed player. He was always a well-respected player on our team.”

As Hightower recalled, however, he did get the best of Young on occasion. Read more »

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