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‘Griffin Enterprises’ Ready For Combine

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 22, 2012 – 4:59 pm

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Regardless of where he’s eventually taken in April’s NFL Draft, one of the most facinating prospects from this year’s class will be Heisman-winning Baylor quarterback RG3.

Or maybe I should say, ‘Robert Griffin III, CEO of Griffin Enterprises.’  That’s how he described his job to Jarrett Bell of USA Today, shortly before he left for the NFL Combine:

“This is a business trip,” Griffin, 22, says after a workout in Arizona last weekend. “I’m the CEO of Griffin Enterprises. It’s my job to go sell my product.”

But what exactly will that product be?  Rumors have suggested that top quarterback prospect Andrew Luck is ‘willing but unlikely to throw‘ at the Combine, acknowledging that it could only hurt his sky-high stock.  As the clock ticks down to throw time, it’s now being questioned whether or not Griffin will throw either: Read more »

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Wizards’ Mason Has Deep Redskins Roots

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 22, 2012 – 3:41 pm

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A slow news day during the Redskins offseason affords me the occasional opportunity to catch up on news about other Washington area sports teams.

But only because I’m looking for a viable Redskins connection.

According to a piece done by NBC-4’s Sarah Kogod, the NBA’s Washington Wizard players have hotel aliases that keep the fans (and distant family members) at bay while they’re trying to relax on the road.

There were some humorous names on the list, but the best belongs to point guard and DC native, Roger Mason Jr.:

“I used to use ‘Doug Williams,’” Roger Mason told us. “He was my favorite Redskins football player.”

Mason describes himself on Twitter (@MoneyMase) as a Redskins fan for life.  Born in 1980, Mason has seen the best of times with this franchise, including the magical ride of the 1987 Super Bowl winning Redskins team.

Even in the lean years, he has and will continue to bleed Burgundy and Gold.  Since the beginning of the 2011 season, he tweeted no fewer than 25 times about his favorite NFL team. Sometimes it was excited, sometimes depressed, sometimes reflective, and sometimes focused on the future.

In Week 1, he tweeted (presumably) his view of the Redskins-Giants action at FedExField, adding, “A little too loud in here for Eli!!! leggo Skins!“: Read more »

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Fans Asked To Participate In 2012 Combine

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 22, 2012 – 2:33 pm

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This week signals the kickoff to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, an even which has been held in Indianapolis, Indiana for the last 25 years.

Earlier last week, Redskins general manager and executive vice president Bruce Allen discussed his memories of the Combine with Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael.  Although Allen has only been an executive in the NFL since 1995, he’s been involved with the Combine since it’s early days:

Obviously, since 1985 the event has grown into a media spectacle that garners around-the-clock coverage on the NFL Network in the days and weeks to come.  Fans are taken into every conceivable angle of a player’s draft stock, but have never been allowed on the premises.

All of that will change this year, as 250 lucky fans are being invited to watch the workouts from stands in Lucas Oil Stadium. Read more »

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Thompson Finishing Boise State Degree

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 22, 2012 – 1:16 pm

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It’s been an academically productive offseason for Redskins rookies, as both linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and cornerback Brandyn Thompson have returned to finish their respective bachelors’ degrees.

Thompson shared the news with his followers on Twitter (@BThompson_BT), illustrating the hard work that got him to the NFL, with perhaps a touch of senioritis:

According to his Boise State player bio, Thompson is on track for a bachelor’s degree in communications.  A Facebook conversation with Thompson confirmed that he is back in the halls of Boise State–but only in the cyber sense–as he’s finishing up with online classes.

He’s spent most of his time since January living near his native Elk Grove, Calif., outside of Sacramento.

In addition to his work in the online classroom, he has been practicing his communication skills by keeping followers updated on Twitter. Read more »

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