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Orakpo Hand-Delivers His First Nike Jersey

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 24, 2012 – 4:42 pm

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Linebacker Brian Orakpo was the Redskins’ official model for the prototype Nike Elite jerseys, earlier this month.  Now he’s the first person to re-gift his jersey, delivering one to rapper and Redskins’ super-fan Wale at Ben’s Next Door in D.C.

In an ad campaign released earlier this afternoon, Nike’s cameras takes a journey with the pair and capture their conversations.

Wale was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and remains an outspoken fan of his hometown team.  He is frequently seen on the sidelines of home games, has performed at halftime, and has gone on national sports shows in defense of the Burgundy and Gold.

Wale is a popular musician in the Redskins’ locker room, and is a worthy recipient of the first Nike Elite Redskins jersey.  Check out the video below: Read more »

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Happy ‘Golden Birthday’ To Jarvis Jenkins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 24, 2012 – 3:03 pm

What would a birthday be without a picture of a teammate hug? (FYI: This photo was taken last August.)

Things have been awfully serious on the blog recently, and it’s time to freshen things up.  Fortunately, defensive end Jarvis Jenkins was kind enough to be born 24 years ago today, and is celebrating his one and only “golden birthday.”

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NFL Films’ Cosell Ranks Griffin Over Luck

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 24, 2012 – 2:07 pm

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When it comes to the art of film study, few football-heads do it better than Greg Cosell of NFL Films.  Impervious to workouts and character off the field, Cosell strictly analyzes how a player performs on the gridiron.

What you see is what you get, which is a refreshing perspective in the age of over-thinking.

In the lead up to Thursday’s draft, Cosell put together his first ever mock draft, designed to match biggest team need with best prospect on film.  He’s watched hundreds of hours of college film, because, well, that’s what he does:

I am solely basing my player evaluations on what’s on the tape. That’s what I do. I watch tape.

And what Cosell determined during that film study, is that Robert Griffin III is the better quarterback prospect.  Not ‘he could develop in the future.’  Not ‘better for certain systems.’  He’s a better quarterback, right now. Read more »

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Ken Harvey To Announce Third Round Pick

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 24, 2012 – 11:57 am

The NFL has announced that, for the second consecutive year, retired players will announce each team’s second round picks in the draft.  The honor of calling the designated Redskins pick** is four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Ken Harvey.

Harvey played 11 years in the league, and his last five with the Redskins.  His breakout season in 1994 had him second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks, and he finished with a total of 41.5 during his time in Washington.  He was elected All Pro in each of the three seasons from 1994-96. Read more »

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Redskins Enjoy 3rd Annual ‘Ride 2 Provide’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 24, 2012 – 10:21 am

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The forecast called for rain, but it was nothing but sun and smiles at Lorenzo Alexander’s “Ride 2 Provide” charity bike ride on Saturday.  Alexander and Kedric Golston hosted the event for the third year, and were joined by teammates Ryan Kerrigan, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen, Rob Myers, as well as former Redskin Chris Wilson and the Hogettes.

And yes, Paulsen is shown wearing a light purple tutu.  No, I don’t know why–but I will find out.

The event raises money for wounded veterans recovering from their injuries, as well as Alexander’s ACES foundation.  Alexander was excited with the biker turnout, but really enjoyed the support of his teammates for his biggest annual event:

“It’s pretty cool to have your teammates out here supporting you,” Alexander said with a grin.  “A lot of guys have chosen to get involved and help me out, and it shows what type of men they are and what they’re all about.  The local media have created a great bond over the years, and those guys have come out to support me as well.

“It goes beyond football and the Redskins on a day-to-day basis,” he added.  “We’re about relationships and building a better community.”

Watch video recapping the day, below: Read more »

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