“Broke,” the ESPN “30 For 30″ documentary that debuted tonight, detailed the various ways professional athletes have lost their, at one time or another, enormous wealth.
The documentary hit close to home for several current Redskins players, as much of it was aimed at how NFL football players — who, on average, have the shortest careers of any professional athletes and do not have guaranteed contracts — can easily lose their fortunes.
As one stat in “Broke” pointed out, “by the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress.”
Several Redskins players took to Twitter during and after “Broke” aired and gave their reactions:
Defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins:
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Well, if you didn’t know before, that’s how Lorenzo Alexander’s teammates feel about him.
Redskins safety and fellow special teams standout Reed Doughty tweeted that after last Sunday’s 24-22 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game in which Alexander made three tackles on special-teams plays like punts and kickoffs. And, when Alexander wasn’t making the tackle, he was making it possible for one of his teammates to get the stop.
And, with a quarter of the 2012 regular season already behind us, I don’t think it’s too early to say this: I agree with Doughty — Alexander, at this point, has definitely earned a postseason trip to Hawaii.
Doughty reiterated Monday what Alexander means to the Redskins’ special teams unit.
“If you watched the [Buccaneers] game, we had a lot of guys running down there and working hard, but he just made play after play on special teams, and he does it week in and week out and he does it whether he’s double-teamed or not,” Doughty said. “I guarantee you every single team game plans for [Alexander] and he still makes plays.”
Alexander said he appreciates having the support of Doughty and his teammates, but that none of his success is the result of an individual effort.
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Kendra Cofield watched in amazement as four breast cancer survivors had professionals applying makeup to their faces.
Yes, the four women looked amazing, but, you see, makeup just has never really been Cofield’s thing.
“Honestly, I don’t really know how to put on makeup too well,” Cofield admitted with a smile. “So I like the whole makeup counter we have going on here. I’m trying to pick up some tips.”
Cofield, the wife of Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield, was one of several Redskins’ wives or girlfriends helping out Tuesday at the fifth-annual All-Star Survivors Celebration at Redskins Park.
The area women participating in Tuesday’s celebration are currently battling breast cancer and receive new wigs, scarves, makeup, jeans and a custom-made pink and burgundy Redskins jersey.
“I was so excited when I found out about the event because breast cancer touches so many different people’s lives,” Cofield said. “I just felt it was so important to be a part of this event, which is such a happy time for them where they can come and be completely pampered and spoiled. It just gives them a break from the daily grind of what they have to go through.”
Cofield said, like so many others, she has been personally affected by breast cancer.
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For the second time in four weeks, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is a candidate for the Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Week Award.
Griffin III, who led the Redskins on a game-winning drive in last Sunday’s 24-22 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won the award after his stellar NFL debut Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints.
Can you fans make it No. 2 for Griffin III? Because voting is super easy.
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