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Players Deliver At Annual Harvest Feast

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 22, 2011 – 10:18 pm

The 9th Annual “Harris Teeter-Redskins Harvest Feast” (presented by Ryan Homes) was another rousing success, as the Redskins helped package and deliver a Thanksgiving experience to 3,500 area homes.

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Redskins players Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stallworth, Josh Wilson, Brandon Banks, Willie Smith, Oshiomogho Atogwe, Brandyn Thompson, Doug Worthington, Niles Paul, Erik Cook, and Lorenzo Alexander helped out with the event.  They did everything from organize the handouts, to handing out the final packages, to delivering them to area families. Read more »

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Landry Hosts His Own Turkey Drive Today

Posted by Christopher Mudd on November 22, 2011 – 7:36 pm

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, LaRon Landry is making sure that local families will have food on their tables when the holiday comes.

This afternoon Landry hosted the 2nd Annual LaRon Landry’s Leadership for Life Thanksgiving Drive, at the King-Greenleaf Recreational Center in Washington D.C.

Landry’s organization partnered with the Sasha Bruce Youthwork organization for the second straight year to provide families in need with a Thanksgiving meal from Whole Foods.

Bags included a turkey, cider, bread, vegetables, gravy, and a pumpkin pie. In addition to a full Thanksgiving meal, participants were given t-shirts that said “Leadership for Life” or “Lead by example.”

Landry understands the importance of the holidays, and wants to make sure that families in need have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday. Read more »

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Santa Claus Is Coming To…FedExField

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 22, 2011 – 6:58 pm

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Jolly Ol’ St. Nick made his first appearance of the season at FedExField today, to participate in the “Harris Teeter-Redskins Harvest Feast” presented by Ryan Homes.

Kris Kringle revealed that not only is he a big Redskins fan, but he also used to be a Redskins season ticket holder.  He would spend more time at his favorite football stadium, were it not for his regular 9-5 of delivering toys to every good little boy and girl in the world.

“When I’m not flying my reindeer, though,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “I drive a Burgundy and Gold van around with Redskins decals on the side.” Read more »

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Josh Wilson Back To Serving Food To Fans

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 22, 2011 – 4:30 pm

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The go-to line for players volunteering for a good cause, is that they are “giving back to the community.”  But because players are from all over the country (and Canada and Australia), not many can say that they’re truly giving back to their own community.

And then there’s DMV native, Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson, who helped organize food for today’s “Harris Teeter-Redskins Harvest Feast,” presented by Ryan Homes.

“For me, growing up in the area, this is an opportunity to give back to my community,” he said with a broad smile.  “This is a community where I know the people.  I lived where they live.”

“It’s important to to give back to the people that are less fortunate, because at one point in my life, I was one of those people.  Now that I’m in a position where people look up to me from a football standpoint, it’s important, and it’s fun to give back.”

Wilson helped to organize the food for delivery this morning, and brought along his wife, his wife’s aunt, and his wife’s grandmother for extra help.  Like all things in Wilson’s life, football and community are a family affair.

“Thanksgiving is a time to be with your family and be thankful for a good meal–everybody should enjoy that,” he said. “That’s why I’m doing that. This is definitely more important than a game of football, because these are people in need.”

Wilson is accustomed to performing on the field on Sundays, but it wasn’t that long ago that the DeMatha Catholic High School product was performing in a different function at FedExField on Sundays. Read more »

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Redskins Prep Food For Harvest Feast

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 22, 2011 – 3:02 pm

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This morning at the stadium, hundreds of area volunteers joined Redskins players Donte Stallworth, Jabar Gaffney, Josh Wilson, Willie Smith, and Oshiomogho Atogwe to prepare meals for local families in need.

The players jumped right in line with the other volunteers to organize the food, an experience that meant as much to the players as the fans.

“Oh man, it’s really great to be able to give back to the community,” said Smith.  “These fans, I mean, they care so much about the team on Sunday, so to be able to come back and give back to them around the holidays is just great.  To come out and interact with them and just show that we’re human like they are, that’s what counts.”

Two weeks ago, Stallworth was cut loose by the organization and went back to his home in Miami.  One of the first things he planned to do, was work with his close friend, the Miami Heat’s Alonzo Mourning to organize a Thanksgiving event in Miami.

Two weeks later, he’s much happier to be here. Read more »

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Keeping Up With The Aussies

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 22, 2011 – 11:40 am

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When the Redskins and Cowboys took the field on Sunday, it was a reuniting of two Melbourne, Australia natives in punters Sav Rocca and Mat McBriar.

While Rocca went through the Aussie Rules Football League as a first career, McBriar went through the more traditional NCAA-to-NFL path.  He was a college standout at Hawaii, where he was the first Australian to make the Hula Bowl.  In 2006, he became just the second Australian to ever make the Pro Bowl.

But on Sunday, he was out-belted by the Redskins ‘Rocca of Stability.’  Here are their stat lines on the day:

Sav Rocca: 5 punts, 48.6 yards, long 63, 2 inside 20, zero touchbacks, 22 return yards.

Mat McBriar: 7 punts, 40.9 average, long 60, 2 inside 20, 1 touchback, 97 return yards.

An interesting note from each stat line, is that both players were credited with a special teams tackle.  McBriar’s came on the Brandon Banks 55 yard return early in the third quarter.  The most that McBriar could do on this play was to defend the Banks stiff arm and push the speedster out of bounds. Read more »

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