Papa Smurf remains in the game of football.
Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Virgil Seay – 30 years removed from his playing days – is now a coach for George Mason University’s club football team.
Seay, of course, spent four seasons with the Redskins and was a member of the team’s “Fun Bunch.” In 1981 – his first season with the Redskins – the diminutive wide receiver was quite the home run threat.
His first three catches as a Redskin went for 28, 31 and 51 yards. In a Week 10 matchup with the Detroit Lions that year – a game the Redskins would ultimately win 33-31 – Seay would record a career-high eight receptions for 145 yards.
In 1982, the Troy product helped the Redskins win their first Lombardi Trophy, as Washington defeated the Miami Dolphins by a final of 27-17 Super Bowl XVII.
Seay still carries on the legacy of that game and that team on his hand, as he wears his Super Bowl ring whenever he can.
It’s the same ring that his players see each day in practice, and while they will probably never win one as well, they do get the unique opportunity of getting coached by a former Super Bowl winner.
“They have a lot of heart,” Seay said. “They don’t get any money for playing, they have to pay for a lot of different things, and while the school does give you some benefits, the majority of their practices have to be around their academic schedules. That’s tough.
“There have been times when we don’t have enough guys at practice to really do what we want and need to do. So instead, we just have to work on specific things at that time.”
While the players certainly enjoy learning under Seay’s tutelage, the former Redskin admitted “it’s really honestly great” to remain in the sport with such impressionable players.
“For me to be able to use some of the same techniques that I learned when I was playing and give it to those players, it helps,” he said. “Even though we’re not sanctioned by the NCAA, they’re still learning and playing the game of football, which they love and I do too.”
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