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The Story Behind The Photo Behind DJax

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on April 3, 2014 – 11:45 am

The Redskins official Twitter account announced the team signed DeSean Jackson Wednesday with a picture of the receiver signing his contract from a conference room at Redskins Park.

The photo incited jubilant reaction from Redskins fans, vitriol from Philadelphia and a lot of questions about the photograph on the wall behind Jackson.

I have been in that room many times, and I can tell you the photo behind the receiver was not hung for the occasion. It’s been there since I’ve worked for the team, and it has an incredible story.

The photo entitled “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” was voted the 2012 Marine Corps Top Shot. Combat correspondent Cpl. Reece Lodder captured the photo of two young Marines resting with their improvised explosive device detection dog, Blue, after a patrol in Afghanistan.

According to Lodder, he saw an “unexpected slice of reality and humanity amid a long, cold day. It visually, physically and emotionally gets to the core of their experience in this moment. It helps any viewer feel, even if only in a small way, what the Marines and their loyal dog felt.”

For more on the photo, read Brian Tinsman’s blog from last year.

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