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In Memoriam: Armstrong’s Yellow Jersey

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 15, 2012 – 10:44 am

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One of the things I looked forward to the most when heading out for the Redskins’ afternoon training camp practices in recent days was discovering what Anthony Armstrong had put on his yellow “no-contact” jersey.

Well, Tuesday’s practice signified the end of training camp, so that pipe dream is over. But it doesn’t mean we can’t look back at the wide receiver’s antics with a glorious photo gallery.

Armstrong talked about the reason why he chose to alter his football fashion after Tuesday’s practice.

“It’s a way to break the monotony,” he said. “You get into late into training camp, it’s like groundhog day. And you don’t really know what day of the week it is. I’m just in there trying to be a little light and entertainment, for the guys that come out there. They’re going to dawn me with this yellow jersey, I might as well have a little fun with it and make a few guys laugh while I’m out here.”

Now, the reason Armstrong was wearing the yellow jersey — which is typically worn by the Redskins’ quarterbacks at practice — was not good. He injured his shoulder in practice last week and, while he recovered, was ordered to wear the non-contact jersey to avoid further damage.

Armstrong’s yellow-jersey adventure began Aug. 6 when he emerged from Redskins Park headquarters with question marks on his jersey.

Since that time, Armstrong’s designs have included a big “X,” a tic-tac-toe game, and Tuesday’s finale, which was a tribute to Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“I had to come with something real special,” Armstrong said. “Yesterday, they said I was looking like a quarterback out there — so why not be the quarterback. So I went with a little Bob Griffin shout out there.”

But why the mirror image of Griffin’s No. 10 and “Bob III” on the nameplate?

“Just because I had to be a different QB,” Armstrong said. “I wasn’t him. It was just 0-1 . Just flip it around a little bit.”

Armstrong said he thought the offense “would mesh just fine” with him at quarterback.

“We have a lot of great guys around, a lot of great additions out at wide receiver.  Good young talent at running back and the O-line,” Armstrong said with a smile. “I can definitely complete the ball. I don’t know how many deep passes there would have been. Maybe a lot of screens. Three-step backs. But I think with the talent that the coaches put around me, I think I would be able to run the show.”

By the way, for those of you who have already forgotten: Armstrong wears No. 13 with the Redskins. And he says his shoulder is healing just fine.

Here’s a video of Armstrong talking to reporters about his yellow jerseys:

Question: What was your favorite Anthony Armstrong yellow jersey design? Did he miss out on any good possibilities? Answer in the comments section below.

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