If the situation ever presents itself to walk in the front door at Redskins Park, you’ll hear the warm welcome of team receptionist, Ms. BJ Blanchard. If you turn to your left and look in the coaches’ office, you’ll see the smiling face of the coaches’ secretary/receptionist, Ms. Tammy Renich.
And it’s the way it’s been for quite some time. Players and coaches have come and gone, but these two have become hard working icons at the Park over the years.
So at season’s end this year, they were due for a little downtime, and joked about taking a vacation to see London Fletcher play at the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, when the Pro Bowl roster was released, No. 59 was listed as an alternate and appeared unlikely to attend.
Ms. Tammy explained afterward that she couldn’t help but share her disgust at the results with Fletcher.
“I told him, ‘London, I can’t believe you didn’t get voted in–you led the league in tackles!'” she recounted. “‘And what’s more, we were going to go watch you play if you made it.’ So he told me, ‘Well, there’s no guarantees, but I could still make it if someone goes down with an injury.'”
This non-guarantee turned out to be prophetic, as Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher bowed out with injury after the season, opening the door for Fletcher to make his third-consecutive Pro Bowl. It also got the ball rolling on Ms. Tammy and Ms. BJ’s first trip. Read more »
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You truly never know who you’ll find on Radio Row at the Super Bowl.
Over the last three days of working with the NFL public relations department, I’ve made it my mission to find any and all Redskins players, media, fans and exhibits. It’s been sparse at best, but today a legend finally showed up.
I spotted Coach Gibbs sitting with the midday hosts on “The Fan,” talking about his brand new book Game Plan: Your Personal Playbook For Success For Life, and of course reminiscing yesteryear along with NBC-4’s Jim Vance:
Coach Gibbs was only in town for today and was busy running the media circuit as one of the winning-est championship coaches of all time. But in between interview stops, he was kind enough to stop and share some of his Super Bowl memories, particularly of the 20th-anniversary 1991 Redskins squad. Read more »
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