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Players Tweet New Family Memories

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 7, 2011 – 2:00 pm

As far as fans are concerned, the life of an NFL player is split between the person that they are on the field, and the person that they are on the sidelines.  Many people marvel at a player’s ability to be fiery and tenacious on the field, but give a coherent interview after the game.

But there’s actually a third side of players that we rarely see: the way that they interact with their families.  Head coach Mike Shanahan discussed the value of the bye week for catching up with family, and thanks to twitter, we can take a look inside the players’ trips home:

A few of the players are fathers, and get to spend quality time with their kids:

One player had time to pig out with his brother: Read more »

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Cooley ‘Gets Lost’ In Loudoun County

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 7, 2011 – 12:00 pm

The Loudoun County Visitor’s Center has a cool Web series going called “Get Lost in Loudoun County.”

It sounds harmless enough, but it reminds me of trying to find my way to Redskins Park on my first day as an intern.  Good times.

The segment features people, places and events that are of interest in Loudoun County, and what better person to talk to than All-Pro tight end Chris Cooley?  Cooley took the visitor’s center staff inside his world of pottery, and coached the novice potters up on technique.

I’ve never really thought of pottery-making as a competition, but this comes complete with cheering and smack talk.  Now I really want a meatloaf holder:

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Hail! Looks At Shanahan’s ‘Honor’ System

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 7, 2011 – 9:30 am

Earlier this week, we learned that head coach Mike Shanahan wants his players to run several times over the bye week, to stay in the flow of the football season.  Of course, he can’t follow players around the country and make sure that they make their runs, so he suggested the “God was watching.”

And it was good.

This morning, Ben Ceccarelli’s Hail! comic has an explanation for how Shanahan is able to trust his players to do what they’re supposed to do on their five days off:

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