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Redskins Say Thank You To Veterans

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 11, 2014 – 4:00 pm

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In honor of Veterans Day, Washington Redskins players have been posting on social media their thanks to all veterans that have served and defended the United States:

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Leonard Hankerson Builds Gingerbread Houses For Make-A-Wish Event

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 11, 2014 – 2:15 pm

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Leonard Hankerson knows there’s more to life than just football.

Hankerson on Tuesday morning joined three Make-A-Wish Foundation children at a local Macy’s department store for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Believe Campaign Kickoff. The group built gingerbread houses and wrote letters to Santa.

“I wanted to be able to come out here, give back to the kids, show them love,” Hankerson, who has kids of his own, said. “I know it means a whole lot to them also just to have an NFL player to come out here and sit with them.”

Joining his new friends at a table full of icing, candy canes, mints and other assorted holiday treats, Hankerson and the group got to work building their houses.

Putting a Smile on the little ones faces, decorating ginger bread house #MakeAwish foundation at Macy's, had a great time

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By the end of the event, there were gingerbread houses galore amidst quite the mess of holiday sweets.

On one side of his creation, Hankerson put his initials. On the opposite side, he added his number.Both features, though, were color themed for the Redskins and the University of Miami Hurricanes, his alma mater.

“I was just doing it on the fly and things came to mind as I was going,” he admitted of his decision. “I just decided to put an ‘L’ and an ‘H’ on it and an ‘85’ and it came together.”

After putting the finishing touches on their houses, the kids – and Hankerson – wrote letters to Santa.

For each letter written throughout the holiday season, Macy’s will be donating one dollar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

An active member in the Redskins community, Hankerson enjoys volunteering his time in order to better someone else’s day.

“It’s not always about football,” Hankerson said. “It’s about giving back, helping the kids out, making gingerbread houses and just putting a smile on their faces.”

Now that he’s created his first ever gingerbread house, he believes it will become an annual event that he does with his own kids.

“I think so,” he said. “It’s very fun just to see what you can do to build a house and decorate it. It’s fun.”


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Juwaan Espinal Has A Special Message For Robert Griffin III, Pierre Garcon

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 11, 2014 – 1:28 pm


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Juwaan Espinal simply wanted to say thank you to Robert Griffin III and Pierre Garcon for their support and friendship.

Espinal — a student at Centreville (Va.) High School — has cerebral palsy is non-verbal. But, thanks to a communication device, Espinal was able to speak to the two Washington Redskins.

In May, Griffin III helped Morgan Assel, a classmate of Espinal’s, with her promposal:

While there, Griffin III snapped some photos with Espinal as well:

The last picture has been Griffin III’s Twitter profile picture since:


Garcon, meanwhile, helped Espinal’s family raise funds for a specialized van through a meet and greet. Fans paid $25 to meet Garcon, with all proceeds raised going to the van.

During one of Centreville’s games in September, the new van was presented to the Espinal family.



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PHOTOS: DeAngelo Hall Twins’ Celebrate Their Third Birthday

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 11, 2014 – 11:25 am

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Time has really flown for Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall over the years.

A three-time Pro Bowl cornerback on the field, the Virginia Tech product is the father of six lovely kids off of it.

His two youngest, twins Jaden and D.J., are celebrating their third birthday today:

The two were born on Nov. 11, 2011, at 1:15 in the morning. They were 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and 6 pounds 1 ounce.

Here’s a photo Hall tweeted out earlier this year of the whole family:

Happy birthday, boys!




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Redskins Rally Bar Inviting Jim Lachey To Watch Redskins Game

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 11, 2014 – 11:03 am

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Caribbean Jerks this Sunday can’t wait to hold their next watch-party for The Redskin Fanatics of Central Ohio and are hoping legendary Washington Redskins offensive lineman Jim Lachey and his family will join them.

The watch-party will be pretty special for Caribbean Jerks, as it will mark the first time they will hold a part of Redskins Nation together for a game as an official Redskins Rally Bar.

Lachey was born and raised in Ohio, attending St. Henry High School before playing at The Ohio State University.

Acquired by the Redskins via trade with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988, Lachey appeared in two Pro Bowls as a member of the Redskins and helped the team cruise to a victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI.

He is currently in his 18th season as as color analyst for Ohio State’s football team.

UPDATE 11/12: Lachey responded on Twitter and said he’ll be there:


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Movember Matchup: Hairy Teammates, Franchise Greats Go Head-To-Head

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 11, 2014 – 9:02 am

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As part of the Washington Redskins’ efforts to raise awareness for men’s health issues during Movember, there will be a running social media contest until the end of the month pitting current and former players who rocked the upper-lip coat against one another.

The Redskins Blog last week discussed the importance of Pro Football Hall of Famers Art Monk and Russ Grimm on the franchise’s success. Defining tough-nosed play, the two were more than just teammates, though. They were fellow mustache rockers.

Today, we look at the next Movember matchup — tight end Clint Didier and running back John Riggins:

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Social Media Recap: Military Appreciation Meet And Greet At Ruth’s Chris

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 11, 2014 – 7:39 am


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Several Washington Redskins players on Monday showed their appreciation for our servicemen and servicewomen through a special meet and greet at Ruth’s Chris in Arlington, Va.

Those in attendance included wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, defensive end Kedric Golston, linebackers Will Compton and Adam Hayward and cornerback E.J. Biggers.

#Redskins players with service members at Ruth's Chris Military Appreciation Meet & Greet. #RedskinsSalute

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The Washington Redskins and USAA on Sunday, meanwhile, will continue their tradition of honoring our nation’s veterans and active duty military through the team’s annual “Salute to Service” game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers which is set to start at 1 p.m.

Per Redskins Public Relations, prior to kickoff, the Redskins will present a special military challenge coin, designed and created by USAA, for use in the official coin toss. The long-standing tradition among military members of carrying such coins symbolizes unit identity and collective brotherhood, and the coins are often traded or collected among unit members. USAA’s design of the military challenge coin for the Salute to Service game pays homage to that revered tradition.

The Redskins will also display Salute to Service banners on the sidelines honoring all branches of the United States Armed Forces, as well as honoring members of the military on-field. As part of the Redskins’ season-long military appreciation efforts, three families of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors – a non-profit geared towards helping those grieving the death of a loved one serving in America’s Armed Forces – will be highlighted in-game on the video boards.

Throughout the month, Redskins Salute — a free community providing a platform for fans to serve, support, thank and connect with military service members and their families — will be hosting events.

For more information, check out RedskinsSalute.com.

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