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Charitable Foundation Scholar Succeeding

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 27, 2011 – 6:51 pm

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Last May, Yasmine Arrington, a senior at Benjamin Banneker High School, was in the middle of one of the last math tests that she would take in high school, when she was paged to the office.  Certain that she had heard the announcement wrong, and focused on the test, she tried to concentrate on the problem on the paper.

Then she was paged again.  And again.  So she stood up and walked down to the office.

When she arrived, she was greeted by an office official, who told her: “You’re in big trouble, Missy.”

“I was so scared,” she remembered, with a laugh.  “I just wanted to graduate on time.”

She continued into the office to the Guidance Suite, where the counselors were all gathered around a desk.  Her principal handed her the phone, and on the other end of the line was Redskins owner, Daniel M. Snyder.

That “trouble” that she was told she was in was Snyder congratulating her for being the recipient of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s $25,000 scholarship. Read more »

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Olsen Brings Artistic Prowess To Football

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 27, 2011 – 4:32 pm

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Offensive linemen are known for having a “mean streak” or extra grittiness, and reserve offensive guard Eric Olsen is no exception.  His playing style was described in his Notre Dame player bio as “fiesty and aggressive.”

But he has another side off the field.  He watches Family Guy and Modern Family.  He wishes he had Jessie’s girl.  He only gained two pounds over the holidays.  He moonlights as a part time Super Hero.  And he loves art.

At Notre Dame, Olsen was enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters and majored in industrial design.  He hasn’t used his artistic skill for work yet, but he does enjoy doodling.  Here’s some of the work that he’s done, depicting famous rap/hip hop icons Lil’ Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Rick Ross:

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Last Chance: MD Lottery Redskins Contest

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 27, 2011 – 3:28 pm

Would you rather win 2012 Redskins season tickets, or $5,000 in cash?  With the Redskins Mega Power Promotion from the Maryland Lottery, you won’t have to choose, as the grand prize includes both season tickets and five grand!

How to Play: Add Megaplier or Power Play for just $1 to your Mega Millions or Powerball plays. Any non-winning tickets can be entered into weekly drawings for a chance to win Redskins ticket packages and cash.

You must be entered by 9 a.m. this Thursday, Dec. 29!

Learn more by clicking here.

Available at designated lottery retailers only.

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Gaffney’s Grab Makes ESPN Top Plays

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 27, 2011 – 3:04 pm

On Saturday, receiver Jabar Gaffney tied his career-high in touchdown receptions (5, New England 2007), and did it in spectacular fashion.

With six minutes left in the third quarter and the ball at the Vikings 5-yard line, Grossman dropped back to pass. Gaffney did a simple slant from the right side, and got one-on-one coverage in the middle of the end zone.  Grossman fired the ball to him high, the only place where Gaffney could make a play.

And he did: Read more »

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Royster Nominated For Rookie Of Week

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 27, 2011 – 2:10 pm

For the sixth time this season, the Redskins have a newcomer nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week.  This is the third different player (Roy Helu, Ryan Kerrigan), and the third nomination on the offensive side of the ball.

Royster earned his nomination with a 19-carry, 132 yards performance on the ground.  He tacked on an additional two receptions for 15 yards through the air, in a 33-26 loss to the Vikings on Saturday.

His nomination comes on his first professional start, the third Redskins player this season to manage this feat.  As a sixth-round pick (177th overall), Royster is the latest draft selection among Week 16 Rookie of the Week nominees. Read more »

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Darrell Green Made Tough, Wise Choices

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 27, 2011 – 9:58 am

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Redskins Hall Of Fame cornerback Darrell Green will go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game, a rare combination of speed, football IQ, and absolute dedication to his only employer.

Off the field, however, he was a bit of an anomaly.  Here was one of the greatest players to ever take the field–a rockstar–who chose not live the rockstar lifestyle.  In 20 years in professional football, he never drank, he never smoked, and he never cheated on his wife.

For him, the influences were never easy to overcome, but the choices were never hard.  He said that he remembered the first time he encountered a cigarette at around age 11, and he remembers sitting all alone in his driveway with the cigarette.

“At the time, in the  1960s and 70’s, everybody was about marijuana and cigarettes, and I was literally that kind of kid where I’d take that cigarette and talk to it,” he remembered.  “I had a conversation with it, and I said, ‘Now why would I smoke you? They’re telling me to smoke you, but why would I?’  And it may sound weird, but it helped, and eventually I just smashed it under my foot.”

Strange as it may have been to witness, the self-talk worked, and it was a conscientious decision that he’s stuck with for the next 40 years.  Read more »

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