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Leaving For A Super Week In Indianapolis

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 31, 2012 – 5:59 pm

In 24 hours, I will be in the native land of Ryan Kerrigan and Rex Grossman–the great state of Indiana.

Even though the Redskins will not be directly participating in Super Bowl XLVI, I will be flying to Indianapolis tomorrow to work, volunteer and partake in the festivities.  Tropical Indianapolis, here I come!

My primary interests in the events are to help the NFL with public relations for the duration of the week, and of course Sunday’s big game.  But from my bird’s eye view, I will also be able to bring you continuing coverage of Redskins players, fans and interests, as the week unfolds.

I’m most excited to be covering the Super Bowl Breakfast, at which London Fletcher will receive the Bart Starr Award for his hard work and dedication, both on and off the field.  I will also give you a rundown of relevant Redskins references out and about.  I expect it to be a lot of fun, a moderate amount of hard work, and not all that much sleep.

If you have any suggestions, scoops or insight, give me a tweet (@Redskins) and/or leave a comment on the blog.  I look forward to an exciting week, and I’m prepared to be your inside source.  Wish me luck, check the The Official Redskins Blog, and as always–HTTR.

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A Happy Belated Birthday Song For No. 85

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 31, 2012 – 5:32 pm

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Twenty-three years ago (yesterday), the tick-tock started on the ‘Hank Time’ clock.  Via Leonard Hankerson’s twitter (@HankTime85):

It didn’t go completely unnoticed in Redskins Nation that Monday was Hankerson’s big day, I confess that I just didn’t have a compelling reason to write about it.

That is, until Hankerson spent his first full day as a 23-year-old reading with area children as part of the Charitable Foundation’s ‘Redskins Read’ program.  Then it became a very special event for everyone.

The students and staff at the Longview School were very appreciative of their visitor, and had a big birthday welcome for the young receiver: Read more »

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Hankerson, FedEx Deliver ‘Redskins Read’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 31, 2012 – 4:19 pm

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Earlier this afternoon, Redskins wide receiver Leonard Hankerson joined FedEx workers to read to and distribute Redskins Read activity books to students at the Longview School in Germantown, Md.

This is the 13th year for the Redskins Read program, which was established by the Redskins Charitable Foundation at its inception in 2000.  This is the fourth year that the Redskins have teamed up with FedEx, in an effort to spread literacy and learning in the metropolitan area.

The Redskins will distribute approximately 360,000 activity books this year to various area schools.  Since 2009, FedEx has helped the Redskins ship more than 480,000 books.

Longview School–a special education school for disabled children–was selected by the Redskins this year thanks to a teacher, Josh Schechter, who wrote a letter requesting a visit from players.  He told the organization that he had the biggest Redskins fans in his school and classroom, and he was right.

The school colors for Longview happen to be Burgundy and Gold, and most students and staff show their school and team spirit throughout the year.

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Jacoby: Team Needs ‘We-Over-Me’ Players

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 30, 2012 – 4:48 pm

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Today marks the 29th anniversary of the Redskins victory over the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII, a rematch of Super Bowl VII a decade before.

This was the first of three Super Bowl titles for the franchise, and the start of a magical ride with head coach Joe Gibbs at the helm.  It was also the rise of ‘Riggo’ and ‘The Hogs’ in the D.C. vernacular, making champions of three teams and legends of men.

A key contributor to this dynasty was left tackle Joe Jacoby, who stuck the block that sprung John Riggins for the long touchdown run that sealed Super Bowl XVII.  In each of his first two Super Bowls, Jacoby’s Hogs led the way for record breaking rushing performances, with team totals of 276 and 280 yards on the ground.

Earlier today, Jacoby reflected on his memories of Super Bowl XVII, where the franchise is, and what they need to return to glory (via ABC3 Winchester): Read more »

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Cheerleader Abby Reps Redskins Well

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 30, 2012 – 1:00 pm

London Fletcher wasn’t the only Washingtonian lighting up the night in Honolulu yesterday, as he was joined by Redskins Cheerleader Abby Dymond on the sidelines.

This special honor was voted on by her Cheerleader teammates, to represent them at the Pro Bowl.  The honor was announced as a surprise at the Redskins-Jets game on Dec. 4, in front of a capacity crowd.

While in Hawaii over the last week, she was part of a squad of the NFL’s best cheerleaders.  Along with their performance at the Pro Bowl game, she made several appearances around the island to speak with community, military and corporate leaders.

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Fletcher Plays Redskins Football In Hawaii

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 30, 2012 – 12:12 pm

via NBC Sports

Is that the face of someone playing a meaningless exhibition game?

Despite everything that differentiates the Pro Bowl from true NFL football, there was a distinctly familiar feeling about last night’s ceremonial contest.

The temperature (80 degrees), location (Honolulu, Hawaii), jerseys, fans and protocol may have been very different, but Redskins No. 59 was the same constant force that he’s been for the last 15 years.

This was London Fletcher’s “game face” getting off the bus, via his Twitter account (@LFletcher59): Read more »

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Players Allowed To Tweet From Pro Bowl

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 27, 2012 – 4:45 pm


Tired of watching a three-hour football exhibition without knowing exactly what the participating NFL players were thinking?  Upset that the NFL banned players from tweeting, starting 90 minutes before kickoff and ending 45 minutes after the final whistle?

Well, this tweet is for you, sports fans.

The NFL’s public relations staff confirmed a story originally broken by CNBC’s sports marketing guru, Darren Rovel (@darrenrovel), via Twitter of all things.  Here’s the scoop: Read more »

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Shanahan Articulates His Scout Strategy

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 27, 2012 – 2:46 pm

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Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan sat down with the NFL Network crew at the Senior Bowl earlier this week and discussed the assessment process that takes place between now and the end of April.

Investing a draft pick, player salary, coaching time and organizational resources into a player is no small commitment, and Shanahan’s staff is meticulously collecting as much information as possible.  After a week-long look at the best draft-eligible seniors, these are the criteria behind Shanahan’s drafting decisions:

1. Coach the players–how do they play?
2. See their work ethic and preparation–can they adjust?
3. Hour-long meetings everyday–how do they learn?
4. Interview coaches, watch film, watch workouts–what kind of a person are they?
5. Take your best-educated pick.

At the end of the day, hopefully it will work out (like Ryan Kerrigan)–but it might not: Read more »

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Fletcher’s Pro Bowl Gloves, Ninja Assassin

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 27, 2012 – 11:34 am

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In the grand spectrum of football games, the annual NFL Pro Bowl is little more than an exhibition for bragging rights.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a thoroughly entertaining exhibition.

Before yesterday’s televised NFC squad practice, Redskins linebacker London Fletcher tweeted out his Burgundy and Gold-themed practice gloves, asking Twitter users: “Like or dislike?”

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But the fun was just beginning for the Redskins Iron Man, as he was the first player interviewed on the NFL Network’s coverage of the practice.  His player interviewer?  Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith, disguised as a ninja assassin.

Hilarity ensued (via NFL Network): Read more »

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Alexander Named To NFL’s ‘All-Joe Team’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 27, 2012 – 10:36 am

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In the 4C section of today’s USA TODAY, Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was named to the “20th Annual All-Joe Team.”

This caps off a big year for the One Man Gang, in which he:

But this latest honor may be the most fitting of all.  USA TODAY has honored the unsung Joes of the NFL since 1992. Only players who have never been named to the Pro Bowl during their careers are eligible.

Now he can add an award that highlights the hard-working gridiron grunts that don’t get nearly the accolades that they so richly deserve.  While it may sound like a consolation prize, in the realm of blue-collar workers, it’s a badge of honor.

This was his succinct, but accurate bio in the article: Read more »

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