By Evan Redmon
Last year was my first year covering the Redskins. It was a real treat to be at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, catching all the action up close and personal. Reporting back to all the rabid fans in Redskins Nation was the type of job satisfaction I used to only dream about.
But one of the best parts of the whole experience was not the interaction with players, or the photos, or anything like that. Don’t get me wrong; that’s all great fun and I cherish every moment of it.
Yet, when you get the chance to talk to people who are not only die hard ‘Skins fans, but also some of the nicest, most decent people you’ll ever meet, that’s when you realize there is truly something special going on here in Richmond.
Last year, we featured an article on Son Of Washington about the Radabaugh family. They couldn’t possibly be missed if you tried. Their two young sons, Cole and Tyler, were holding a glittering poster board that proudly read “10 + 89 = TD”, referring to their favorite players — Robert Griffin III and Santana Moss.
This year, the Radabaugh’s are back at training camp again in full force with another poster board that is sure to entice the players into some autographs.
“This is the second year in Richmond, but I don’t know how many training camp’s we’ve gone to”, said Russell Radabaugh, the patriarch of the family. “I’ve been going since Carlisle [PA]. Art Monk, Joe Jacoby, Rick Sanders, Monte Coleman, Dave Butz. LOVE Dave Butz…it was probably 1988 when I first started going.”
“We live in Middlesex County, Virginia” added Lauren. No one is happier than her about training camp migrating south for the summer. What was a five-hour drive to Carlisle and a three-hour drive to Ashburn is now just a one-hour drive to Richmond.
They brought a family friend with them this time around. Youngster Jordan Blake was on hand to talk about what he wanted to see from the Redskins this training camp.
“Just good hard work, determination, who can step and become a starter to make this team better,” declared Jordan.
And I really liked what Cole had to say regarding his expectations. “I want to see some running backs running some routes” he said. That’s pretty specific knowledge for a kid who’s not even a teenager yet. Who does he like to win the third-down back role this season?
“I like Lache Seastrunk. I like that he’s from Baylor, RGIII’s college, so they should be good together.”
What is really good together are families like the Radabaughs who are coming out to Richmond and showing their Redskins pride.
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