If you saw a group of guys walking around the National Mall on Tuesday sporting matching Washington Redskins t-shirts, then you indeed got a glimpse of the 2014 rookies.
Led by Director of Player Development Malcolm Blacken, the first-year players saw the monuments that serve reminder of the country’s freedom and those that are in memoriam of our Founding Fathers.
While some had been to the Nation’s Capital on school trips before, linebacker Trent Murphy and others had only seen what D.C. has to offer through pictures and movies.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen the city and I was blown away by it,” Murphy told Redskins.com. “For me, the coolest two things to see were the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial. “Those are the two I’ve seen most growing up.
“Everyone always talks about the Forrest Gump scene. My mom told me I had to get a picture in the reflection pool and pretend I’m Forrest Gump. I couldn’t go in, but it was pretty cool to see.”
Also seeing the city for the first time was running back Lache Seastrunk.
“We got to see where the famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech took place and the Lincoln Memorial,” Seastrunk said. “That was my favorite moment.”
Spending a majority of their time together before training camp begins, the rookies have been adjusting to life as NFL players right next to each other. While they’ve been learning the playbook and attacking drills, Murphy said the D.C. trip gave the group the chance to get to know everyone better.
“It’s definitely a bonding experience and it helps you get to know the other guys better,” Murphy said. You laugh and be together and see how everyone is.
“It’s an opportunity to get out of the hotel and do something together. It will carry over to the field and be able to trust one another. I think it will make us better.”
GALLERY: Rookies Tour Washington, D.C.
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