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PHOTO: Redskins Fan’s Preparations For Cooler Weather

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 5, 2014 – 5:28 pm

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This particular Washington Redskins fan is already ahead of the game for No Shave November.

The Redskins have four more regular season home games this season, starting with an NFC title vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 16.

This photo was found in the Facebook fan group HTTR Nation.

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Brig Owens Discusses Hank Aaron’s Career At Smithsonian Institution

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 5, 2014 – 3:10 pm

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Before building an impressive resume with the Washington Redskins that includes 36 interceptions, Brig Owens was a multi-sport high school student-athlete.

One of the sports he participated in was baseball, and at the time of his play, Henry “Hank” Aaron was taking the country by storm for his impressive offensive play.

Spending his first 21 professional seasons with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Aaron would eventually pass Babe Ruth for the most home runs hit in a career.

As part of the Smithsonian’s Portrait In A Minute series, Owens remembers Aaron’s career next to a beautiful oil painting of the Hall of Famer by Ross Rossin.

 

 


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Roy Helu Jr. Cuts Hair, Donates To American Cancer Society

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 5, 2014 – 1:27 pm

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Almost two years to the day he first started growing out his hair, Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. last week cut off his signature ponytail in favor of a more high-and-tight look.

Admitting that he’s going to miss his long hair at times, Helu Jr.’s decision to cut hair goes much deeper than fashion choice.

Before the start of this season, the Nebraska product had considered cutting it off to ensure opponents wouldn’t drag him down by his ponytail.

But, when offseason workouts really ramped up and the birth of his son came, there simply wasn’t time to see a barber.

“My wife came up with the great idea that we should cut it when the baby comes – our first child – because she wanted to cut her hair as well,” Helu Jr. told Redskins.com’s Andrew Walker. “So, time comes around and we get to out young boy being born, and I have to leave a couple days later, so baby’s still in the hospital and we end up not cutting our hair mostly because time restraints.”

His wife and he came up with a different plan instead — grow out their hair until October and then donate it to breast cancer patients.

“We came up with just a better idea to cut it and donate it for breast cancer awareness month for the NFL and that was during this past month in October,” he said. “And we waited until the very end of October, which was this past weekend, to cut it. My wife did her due diligence for both of us and we decided to donate through Painting Pro V and they partner with American Cancer Association and the minimum is eight inches of hair.

“It goes directly to patients who are women who’ve had cancer of some sort who cannot grow their hair back.”

Helu Jr.’s hope is that his donation will bring joy to those battling breast cancer and may not be able to grow their own hair.

“There’s a sense of fulfillment in knowing that this hair will go to hopefully offer a glimpse of hope in some way to a woman who can’t grow her hair all the way back,” he said. “And also knowing that you’re getting in on something bigger than yourself. There’s already an organization set up where it’s as easy as you cutting your hair you’ve grown and sending it off. It’s nice.

“I’m always talking to my wife and she was debating whether to go really short or not and I said ‘You can always grow your hair back,’ and the women who’ve gone through a terminal illness, specifically cancer, they don’t really have that opportunity. She went short. It’s something that was easy for us.”


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Fan Customizes DeSean Jackson Touchdown Photo

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 5, 2014 – 11:47 am

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Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson has had quite the start to his burgundy and gold career.

Through nine games this season, the California product has recorded 36 receptions for 784 yards (21.8 yards per reception) and four touchdowns.

The fourth touchdown came last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, where he hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Robert Griffin III.

After crossing the goal line and receiving confirmation that his catch had resulted in six points, Jackson spun the ball in celebration:

Redskins fan Michael Forchilli found a picture of the moment, made some pretty neat looking edits to it and then posted it on the Hail to the Redskins Facebook page:

 


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Will Compton Had Mizzouopoly Waiting For Him Upon His Return Home

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 5, 2014 – 11:09 am

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Washington Redskins linebacker Will Compton may have played high school ball in the state of Missouri, and he may be a St. Louis Cardinals fan, but he’s a University of Nebraska guy.

That’s why he wasn’t too pleased to find this “gift” waiting for him upon his return to his home state:

What kind of sick joke is this? Finally make it home and this was waiting in my room. I’d rather have an ouija board than look at this.

Before joining the Redskins prior to the start of the 2013 season, Compton starred at Nebraska.

He appeared in 50 games with 37 starts as a linebacker, finishing his time there with 247 tackles and two All-Big Ten selections.

 


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PHOTO: Young Redskins Fan’s Reaction To Bye Week

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 5, 2014 – 9:47 am

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Its that one week every fall where Washington Redskins fans aren’t sure what to feel — the bye week.

Counting the team’s four preseason games, this is the first time the Redskins will not play in game during the week since early on in training camp.

CHIME IN: How will you cope with not seeing your Redskins play this weekend? Let us know below. 


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Chris Baker’s Engagement Photos Taken At FedExField

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 5, 2014 – 8:23 am

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With a mutual love for football binding them together, Washington Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker and fiance, Jamila, chose FedExField as the spot for their engagement photos.

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“My fiance is really a good planner and football is really a big part of our lives,” Baker said. “We kind of met through football and sports. She works for ESPN, and obviously I play in the NFL. So we thought that would be a good site to capture us together, and that’s where we living at now in DC, so it captured a lot.”

The two met in 2009 according to Essence.com:

“We met after the 2009 NFL season once Chris returned to Connecticut,” Jamila recalls. “On our first date, he constantly told me how beautiful I looked and he enjoyed the way we instantly connected. Later on during the date, he told me I would one day become his wife. He knew exactly what he wanted!”

While Baker’s usually pumping up the Redskins crowd at FedExField with his dance moves and strong play, on this particular day, he was alone with Jamila in an empty stadium.

It was “a fun and unique” moment for the third-year Hampton product.

“It was fun, just me and her there and being able to take whatever pictures we wanted,” Baker said. “We had the whole stadium to ourselves on the off day, so it was a fun and good experience.”

 


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