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Redskins Graduate From Kellogg School

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 5, 2012 – 4:12 pm

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The NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program has produced another class of graduates, including Redskins Lorenzo Alexander, Josh Wilson, and 2011 receiver David Anderson.  After receiving their certificates of graduation this afternoon, each tweeted this foggy picture (above).

Along with the picture, Alexander shared an important sentiment to his followers: “More than just athletes,” he said.  As the proud graduate of both of the NFL’s entrepreneurial programs, Alexander has set his sights on a successful business approach both during and after his career on the field.

“It gives you the tools you need to be successful, whether you’re an investor or someone trying to start your own business,” he told me on the phone after the ceremonies finished.  “As the owner of my own business with Kedric [Golston], I thought it would be important for me learn the tools of the business world, so we can grow and expand over X amount of years.”

The program is a joint venture between the NFL and Northwestern’s prestigious Kellogg School of Business, and condenses a three-week class into a five-day intense seminar.  Alexander reported that classes typically ran for 12-13 hours a day, and the discussions focused on branding, negotiating, finance, equity and management.

Altogether, he took 26 pages of notes throughout the week. Read more »

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Young Salutes Departed Veteran Sellers

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 5, 2012 – 2:00 pm

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In the extensive discussions of player productivity that fans and media have, sometimes it’s easy to lose the human element that makes players real.

Football fans don’t need to be reminded that some of the greatest talents to ever take the field were some of the worst human beings off of it.  Redskins fans remember that some of the favorite sons in Washington were those that gave back to their teammates and community as much as they produced on the field.

Players choose how they want to be remembered, both for better and worse.  Take, for example, former fullback Mike Sellers.  Sellers was an undrafted free agent from a small school (Walla Walla CC), who needed a second chance and second stint with the team in order to make an impact.

He played in Washington for a total of 11 seasons, made a Pro Bowl, and blocked for dozens of 100-yard games.  But his lasting legacy was his unselfish willingness to train and mold his eventual replacement, breakout player Darrel Young.

In his most recent blog entry, Young discussed the two-year impact that Sellers had on his career, and thanked him for being a mentor that he needed, but didn’t have to be. Read more »

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Mock Drafts: The Downside Of Trading Up

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 5, 2012 – 11:39 am

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When the Redskins made the move from No. 6 to No. 2 in April’s draft, it was instantly one of the biggest trades in franchise history.  As general manager Bruce Allen explained to the media in subsequent weeks, the Redskins put themselves in position to take an elite quarterback, addressing their area of greatest need.

As reports indicated, the move opened doors to adding playmakers in free agency.  It was also suggested that the timing of the trade was arranged by the Rams, and the price was the team’s last best offer.  Speculation suggests that other teams were in the market for the pick and may have paid more, closer to the draft.

But one tiny drawback to making the move early, is the loss of the mock draft madness that accompanies the road to the Draft.  Sure, there’s still some mystery as to who the Redskins will land, but it’s been all but narrowed down to one of two players.

Both ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay weighed in with their latest mock drafts, the first since the Redskins made the trade.  Let’s just say, the picks aren’t that surprising, but the analysis is intriguing: Read more »

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