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Dan Snyder Gifts Jones Redskins Van

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 1, 2013 – 6:05 pm

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Dan Snyder handed Charles Jones a $20,000 check, clapped him on the shoulder and gripped his hand.

When Snyder heard Jones’ story, how the 55-year old veteran escaped his life as a homeless man with help from his Redskins-themed 2001 Ford E150, the owner was moved to action.

On Friday afternoon, Snyder greeted Jones at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., to personally deliver payment for the van that would help Jones clear his debt. Then he told Jones, “the van is yours.”

“Your story really touched my heart,” Snyder said upon meeting Jones.

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Mike McCoy Played Under Mike Shanahan

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 1, 2013 – 4:00 pm

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Even if it was just preseason it still counts.

“Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down.”

Catchy start to a memorable tune, right?

Not only was the famous song by Will Smith the intro for one of the best shows of the 1990’s but it fits the beginning football story of San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy perfectly.

So NFL Network if you ever decide to do “A Football Life: Mike McCoy” you can thank me for the idea of that song punctuating his very brief stint as a quarterback under Mike Shanahan in 1995.

Sunday the two will meet as head coach adversaries in Maryland, but just 18 short years ago McCoy was under Shanahan in training camp as an undrafted tryout.

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In It To Win It Challenge: Get Your Rotator Cuffs Ready For The Weight Room

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 1, 2013 – 3:18 pm

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The Washington Redskins and Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. (HDLare challenging Redskins fans to heighten their activity levels with the “In it to Win It” Challenge. Sign up here to join the rest of Redskins Nation getting fit and winning prizes including Redskins gear, Nike+ FuelBands and more.

One way to log more activity minutes than your friends is to head into the weight room. But before you try to bench 300 pounds, you’ll want to ensure your shoulders are healthy and strong enough for the strain.

We brought in Redskins Head Athletic Trainer Larry hess to teach you about the rotator cuff and show you simple exercises to give you the proper range of motion and stability to start a weight training program.

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Friday Practice Snapshots

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 1, 2013 – 1:30 pm

Jordan Reed cracks a smile at practice (Gabe Hiatt)

Jordan Reed cracks a smile at practice (Gabe Hiatt)

At the end of the work week, the Redskins avoided threatening clouds and drilled inside the practice bubble.

Here are your Friday practice snapshots.

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Enemy Storylines: San Diego Chargers

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 1, 2013 – 1:00 pm

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Sunday’s game will mark the first time the boys of San Diego have played at FedExField since 2005. Not a traditional matchup, the NFC-AFC duel has severe playoff positioning consequences that no one in the media seems to be talking about—well—because we’ll have a few Jim Mora style responses if it’s brought up.

But it’s true.

Both teams sit in third place in their divisions and while it may only be Week 9, neither can afford to go into Week 10 with another loss. The Chargers are trying to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos while the Redskins are hoping to stay in the thick of a depleted NFC East.

Honestly, I don’t know much about San Diego past it’s beautiful weather year-round, strong military presence and Ron Burgundy’s legendary antics, but these guys do.

Check out this week’s enemy storylines roundup from local San Diego media below:

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Young remembers Haynesworth, Shanahan

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 1, 2013 – 12:00 pm

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Last week fullback Darrel Young told me a story involving Albert Haynesworth and Mike Shanahan.

Young’s story wasn’t a comment on Hayneworth’s time in Washington. The context was centered on Shanahan earning an established veteran’s respect.

But the anecdote is relevant in light of comments both the former player and the head coach made this week.

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Jim Thorpe “Greatest Athlete In The World’

Posted by Redskins.com on November 1, 2013 – 11:13 am

Jim Thorpe (center) and Lone Star Dietz (right) meet with Leo Disend

Jim Thorpe  and Lone Star Dietz meet with Leo Disend

November is Native American Heritage month. Throughout the month, we’ll look back at stories of interest.

Today we unearthed a photo of a Native American man King Gustav V of Sweden called, “the greatest athlete in the world.” Jim Thorpe won gold medals in the decathlon and the pentathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. He played professional baseball, but gained fame and fortune as a football player. In 1920, the charter members of the NFL named Thorpe as the league’s first president.

In this photo, Thorpe meets with the Redskins’ first coach, William “Lone Star” Dietz. The image comes from a book titled “Keep A-Goin'” by Tom Benjey.

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ESPN 980’s Interview With Chargers Radio

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 1, 2013 – 10:30 am

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Hopefully you had a great Halloween and stuffed yourself with enough sugar and candy that this ominous looking first day of November isn’t too bad on you. I know my belly is fit to burst this morning with far too many candy bars shoved down my throat last night.

Anyway, with the trick or treating and poorly directed C-level horror movies out of the way it’s time to focus on Redskins-Chargers this Sunday at FedExField.

The Bolts offense has been electric (ahh you see what I did there?) this season behind a resurged Philip Rivers who’s been lighting up the Southern Cali sky.

Like Larry Michael, Chargers’ radio voice Josh Lewin hasn’t missed a snap of the home team this year and has a pretty strong foundation to speak on in terms of analyzing the offense.

He was a guest on “The Drive With Cooley and Czabe” earlier this week and shared some insight on the team’s play.

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Redskins Halloween Social Roundup

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 1, 2013 – 10:06 am

While you were double-fisting candy and escorting your own group of witches, vampires or comic book super heroes last night, the Redskins could relate.

Kory Lichtensteiger and his wife, Mandi, had their hands full

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