The Washington Redskins got Virginia Beach and Busch Gardens rockin’ Saturday in the team’s 80th Anniversary Thank You Tour.
Nine current and former Redskins and the Washington Redskins cheerleaders made the stops and spoke on the stages, which were set up overlooking the beautiful beach area and at the Virginia amusement park.
Appearing for the Redskins were Fred Dean, Frank Grant, Clarence Vaughn, Stephen Bowen, Nick Sundberg, Niles Paul, Darrion Scott, Markus White and Doug Worthington.
The event was exciting for the hundreds of fans, like Michael Whalen of Suffolk, Va.
Whalen said he became a Redskins fan in 1980 when he moved to Virginia from New Jersey, where he was originally a Jets fan.
“I went with the winners,” Whalen said.
Whalen expects this season’s 80th Anniversary to “be like every other year,” but sees “dramatic improvement” with the addition of first-round draft pick, quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Whalen — who was wearing his new No. 10 Griffin III shirt to the event — said he was disappointed that his Griffin III-styled Superman socks hadn’t shipped in yet.
“I was hoping to wear them today,” he said.
The tour continued at 4 p.m. when the 80th Anniversary Thank You Tour bus made its way to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. The trip featured 20 players, cheerleaders and team officials riding Busch Gardens’ newest ride, the Verbolten.
Here’s a photo gallery of today’s stops at Virginia Beach and Busch Gardens:
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