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D.C. Resident Named NFL-Tillman Scholar

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 13, 2011 – 4:03 pm

On Sunday at FedExField, retired Navy Petty Officer Third Class D’Onior Felton, a medical student at George Washington University, was honored as the 2011 NFL-Tillman Military Scholar.

Felton was named the winner this year, thanks to her passion for medicine and her attention to service, following her Navy career as a surgical technologist.

“What I think is actually cooler than just the scholarship, is the community of veterans that are there to support each other,” Felton explained.  “A big part of that is the community work that we do, particularly in this area.”

One of Felton’s projects since she retired from the military and enrolled in this area, is to help revitalize the Oliver region of Baltimore.  Whether that means fixing up homes, painting murals in the parks, or simply picking weeds and trash, it’s all done as a community of veterans. Read more »

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Helu Remains Humble As Praise Mounts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 13, 2011 – 2:52 pm

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With a 126-yard performance on the ground Sunday, Redskins running back Roy Helu served notice that he’s here to stay on offense.  It was his third-consecutive 100-yard game, which has been well-publicized as a franchise first for a rookie, a draft-class high, and the first of any Redskins back since Portis went five-straight in 2008.

But after the game, Roy wouldn’t hear the praise.  He attributed his success to his teammates, his line–even his backup Evan Royster.  The only thing that he would take credit for was his preparation during the week and film study–everything else was deferred to others.

Here were a few of his answers:

On continued success: “The offensive line played their butts off.  All credit to them.”

On going three straight: “It’s pretty cool.  All credit to the linemen, they did pretty great…Honestly, today I felt like it was a gift from the offensive line, and DY played his tail off.”

On the confidence Shanahan has in rookies: “I’m impressed with Coach Shanahan’s confidence in us.  I think a lot of us had experience going into the game.  I think Evan Royster did a good job doing that as well.”

For some well-deserved appreciation, we turn to Helu’s head coach, who addressed his contributions on offense, yesterday. Read more »

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Redskins Thank Naval, Army Academies

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 13, 2011 – 2:14 pm

After a very successful Army-Navy game at FedExField on Saturday, the Redskins reached out to the respective military academies to thank them for helping to make this possible.

Today in Navy’s local paper, the Captial Gazette, and on Thursday in Army’s paper, the Pointer Review, this following advertisement will run, thanking the institutions and the fans:

Given the logical proximity to the Nation’s Capital, let’s hope that FedExField is a regular location for one of this county’s greatest sporting events.

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Redskins Make Young Fan’s Wish, Reality

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 13, 2011 – 1:09 pm

TOP LEFT: Susan, Steven, Jordan BOTTOM LEFT: Stacey and Scott

Ever since he could remember, 14-year-old Scott Gringauz has imagined what it’s like to watch his Redskins play a game at FedExField.  To be on the sidelines with his favorite player, Brian Orakpo, and to watch the Burgundy and Gold with the rest of the Redskins faithful.

But that’s a little tough when you grow up in Parkland, Fla., a distant southern outpost in Redskins Nation.

Up until Sunday, it was only a wish.  But with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Washington Redskins, Scott’s Sunday was a dream come true.

Scott was born with Crohn’s Disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines.  He is also allergic to all nuts, all fish and sesame seeds.  But on Sunday, he was just a football fan ready to watch his favorite team play.

Not only was Scott on the sidelines during the pregame warmup, he was also visited by No. 98.  Kneeling down to sign Scott’s football, Orakpo told him, “Hey man, I’ll see you later.”

Both of Scott’s parents, Susan and Steven, graduated from University of Maryland College Park, which is the derivation of Scott’s fanhood.

“I’m a big Redskins fan,” he said.  “Living in Florida though, I get a lot of crap at school, especially after the Redskins-Dolphins game.” Read more »

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Ol’ No. 28 Still Popular At Redskins Park

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 13, 2011 – 12:05 pm

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Conducting an interview with Redskins legend Darrell Green was a real treat for me yesterday.  Trying to monopolize the attention of one of the most iconic Redskins ever, proved to be more difficult.

But it actually turned out to be the story within the story.

Fullback Mike Sellers is the last current Redskins player that was a teammate to Green during his latter years in Washington.  From 1998-2000, Sellers was one of the young fullback/tight ends on the roster, trying to make it in the pros.

“What’s up, young boy?  Was that a shoulder or an elbow?” Green asked as Sellers walked by.

“Hey man,” Sellers replied, looking down at his hyper-extended elbow.  “It was an elbow.”

“Okay, ’cause I wasn’t sure.  That’s better than a shoulder,” Green offered.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” Sellers said, walking down the steps.

“I saw your boy came through and hit you,” Green said sympathetically, before saying, “Well, you should be back with that, rub some dirt on it!”

They both laughed, and we returned to talking about Green’s walking program.

Shortly following that, head coach Mike Shanahan walked past Sonny Jurgensen’s couch where we were seated, on the way to his office. Read more »

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A New Patriotic Tribute At Redskins Park

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 13, 2011 – 10:40 am

This has been a very patriotic season at FedExField, first hosting the 10-year anniversary Sept. 11th matchup between the Redskins and Giants, and then hosting last weekend’s Army-Navy contest.

Now, Redskins Park will feature more of an American flair as well.

Yesterday, the Redskins redecorated the lobby at the Park, featuring a a commemorative photo from the 9-11-11 game.  For a day, an anniversary, and a game that meant so much to people inside and outside of the football community, it’s a very classy tribute.  Please pardon the reflection:

As a team in the Nation’s Capital, I think this is a really nice touch, and a reminder that that there are some things bigger than football.

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