According to Major League Baseball lore, White Sox outfielder Joseph Jefferson Jackson earned his nickname of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson for batting barefooted during a bout of blisters on his feet.
He was one of the greatest players of the early 20th century, but unfortunately his socks weren’t the dirtiest thing about him.
The connection to the Redskins comes through Roy Helu Jr.’s similar discomfort with wearing shoes. When he walks in to the facilities in the morning, he usually sports socks and sandals. After practice, he cuts the tape off, removes his cleats, and goes shoeless around Redskins Park for the rest of the day.
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Over the last two NFL drafts, Mike Shanahan’s Redskins have selected three players out of the Southern Methodist program coached by Run-n-Shoot savant June Jones. The Run-n-Shoot is far from a traditional pro-style offense, and players are thought to have trouble adjusting to the NFL game.
So what inspires the attraction to former Mustangs?
After drafting Aldrick Robinson in 2011, it was revealed that head coach Mike Shanahan spoke at length with Mustangs’ head coach June Jones, with whom he had a professional relationship dating back 25 years (via PonyFans.com): Read more »
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