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PHOTO: Little Redskins Fan Ready For Sunday’s Game

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 13, 2014 – 4:43 pm

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This little guy is ready to watch the Washington Redskins take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the team’s annual Salute to Service game.

There will be quite a lot going on at the stadium before, during and after the Redskins play in front of the faithful that will honor the country’s servicemen and service women.

According to Redskins Public Relations, the team 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.

In addition to the tributes detailed above, the following Salute to Service elements, as well as pregame and in-game ceremonies, are planned to recognize veterans and current members of America’s Armed Forces:

  • Salute to Service goal post wraps, pylons with camouflage ribbon decals and wall banners in the back of the end zones.
  • Camouflage ribbon lapel pins, towels, players’ gloves, captains’ patches and helmet decals.
  • Footballs featuring camouflage ribbons.
  • Military guests of USO-Metro and Redskins Salute, the Official Military Appreciation Club of the team will form the fan tunnel for player introductions, as well as participate in the “living flag” ritual, sponsored by USAA.
  • Sgt. Vicki Golding of the United States Army will sing the national anthem.
  • Kaplan University and the American Freedom Foundation’s Military Family Scholarship Program will award a four-year scholarship to a military family member at halftime.
  • The Military Order of the Purple Heart Services Foundation will host a Purple Heart pinning ceremony at halftime.
  • Lenovo, the Official PC of the Washington Redskins, and proud technology provider to USO Centers, will make a donation to Redskins Salute, as well as the USO.

 


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Throwback Thursday: Clinton Portis’ Touchdown Vs. Tampa, Off The Field Fun

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 13, 2014 – 2:30 pm

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Clinton Portis’ debut for the Washington Redskins was unforgettable. So too, were his alter-egos.

Acquired by the Redskins through a trade with the Denver Broncos on March, 4, 2004, Portis came to the Nation’s Capital to serve as returning head coach Joe Gibbs’ premier running back.

On his very first carry as a Redskin, Portis sprinted past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense for a 64-yard touchdown:

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It was the start of a seven-year run that included nearly 7,000 yards, 46 touchdowns and countless and hilarious moments with the media as different alter-egos:

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The Redskins, by the way, won the last regular season meeting with the Buccaneers in 2012.


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Trent Williams, Gerald McCoy: Former Teammates Who Remain Close Friends

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 13, 2014 – 12:10 pm

(via NewsOn6.com)

(via NewsOn6.com)

Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy share a special bond.

Former teammates at the University of Oklahoma, the two were selected back-to-back with the third- and fourth-overall picks in the 2010 NFL Draft.

(Via NFL.com)

(Via NFL.com)

They’re also close friends.

Williams — checking in at 6-foot-5, 327 pounds — said that while the two are no longer walking Oklahoma’s campus together, they still hang out often.

“I’m talking about, like, having Thanksgiving dinner at his house,” Williams said. “We’re really close.”

McCoy, meanwhile, told reporters on Wednesday that after years of sharing a practice field with him and even lining up against him a few times in the pros, he knows why Williams has been selected to back-to-back Pro Bowls.

“I personally believe that Trent is not just one of the best left tackles, but one of the best overall linemen in the NFL on both sides of the ball,” he said. “Even though I think he weighed in at 318 [lbs.], 320 [lbs.] or something like that and ran a 4.81 [40-yard dash], I mean that’s rare athleticism and he is stronger than people think and he is a very smart guy.

“So when you face him, you know you’ve got to bring it all game because he can hurt you in many ways. I’ve watched him since college when we went [to college] together [at Oklahoma]. I mean he played center, guard and tackle, so with a guy with experience like that, he can definitely be scary for an opposing defensive lineman.”

As for that rare athleticism, McCoy found out as a freshman that Williams is a lot faster than originally believed.

“First time I found out Trent was faster than me, we were all freshman and Trent was a bigger guy before he started losing weight and I didn’t know he could run like that,” he said. “So all the linemen got out there – all the smaller guys did a little race, it was quick, like 20 yards – so all the lineman got out there and Trent beat everybody and everybody was like, ‘Come on, man.’ And I kept on like, ‘No, no, y’all are cheating me.’

“And then we got out there and did it again and he won again and I was like, ‘Man, maybe this dude is fast.’ Then we ran our 40s and his time was faster than mine. I said, ‘Yeah, he just can run.’ He is one of those rare athletic big guys from Texas and that’s what his trademark is – his speed.”


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Gibblettes Takeover Headquarters Before Denny Hamlin Runs For Title

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 13, 2014 – 10:27 am

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Joe Gibbs’ grandchildren had some fun running around team headquarters Wednesday evening, just days before Denny Hamlin — a longtime Joe Gibbs Racing driver — competes for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series title.

Also, check out the awesome Redskins photo in the background:

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As for Hamlin, the Chesterfield, Va., native is seeking his first-ever Sprint Cup title.

Bursting onto the scene in 2006, Hamlin became the first rookie to make the Chase — NASCAR’s playoff system that at the time was only 10 drivers.

Appearing in 325 races, Hamlin has 24 career victories along with 152 top-10 finishes. He will be competing against Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Joey Logano at Homestead.

The highest finisher among the four racers will take home the hardware.

Off the track, Hamlin is a huge supporter of the Redskins:

“I think there’s a picture of me in a Redskins helmet and a Redskins jersey, probably when I was about three years old,” Hamlin said during one of his TV interviews after the first Richmond race of the season. “And my mom was taking a bunch of pictures and I was outside and I was kicking the ball around. I wanted to be the next great kicker.”

And Gibbs, of course, led the Redskins to three Super Bowl victories in four appearances.

In 1991, Gibbs added NASCAR team owner to his resume.

Now, with just one race remaining in the 2014 season, Joe Gibbs Racing is within striking distance of claiming a fourth championship.

 


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Trenton Robinson Builds Lego City During Downtime

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 13, 2014 – 8:25 am

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Washington Redskins safety and special teams standout Trenton Robinson passed time Wednesday evening by building a Lego city:

Gonna build a LEGO city I am a big kid #canILive

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Everyone’s favorite construction toy both growing up and when grown up, Robinson would later send out a second Instagram post updating his progress:

@me_and_my_rc25 almost done wit the first box lol I be bored

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Speaking of the Redskins and Legos, check out these Lego replicas of quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris found on the team’s Pinterest:

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On the field this season, Robinson has been a contributor for both the defensive and special teams units.

Against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2, Robinson pulled in his first career interception.

Meanwhile on special teams, Robinson currently has nine tackles –tied with linebacker Adam Hayward for most on the team and fifth-most in the NFL — and appears on this year’s Pro Bowl ballot.

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To vote for Robinson and the rest of your favorite Redskins, click here.

 

 


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PHOTOS: Youth Redskins Team From Georgia Has Also Won Super Bowl

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 13, 2014 – 7:00 am

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More than 600 miles from where the Washington Redskins call home, there’s another Redskins team that has a storied past.

Sent to the Washington Redskins from Twitter user Tony Lynch (@Lynch47), there’s 95  grade-schoolers ages 7 through 12 that play for the Redskins in Woodstock, Ga.’s South Cherokee Recreation Association’s (SRCA) football league.

According to SRCARedskins.com, the goal of the league is to provide an environment for the youngsters that will help them succeed both on the football field and beyond.

Whether a child is at SCRA for one year or eight years, our goal is to provide them with a foundation and the tools to help them succeed in not only their future athletic endeavors, but several aspects of life as well. In essence, our vision is for all of our young participants to step out into the community with confidence as leaders.

And like their professional counterparts, Woodstock’s Redskins have won a Super Bowl:

 


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