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Throwback Thursday: Deacon Jones

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 4, 2014 – 4:19 pm

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As the Washington Redskins prepare to host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, it seems fitting to look back on the career of Deacon Jones, a longtime Ram who finished his 14-year career with the Redskins and is considered one of the best defensive ends in NFL history.

Jones, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, passed away in summer 2013.

He joined the NFL in 1961, spending 11 seasons in Los Angeles with the Rams before joining the San Diego Chargers for two years. Given the nickname “the Secretary of Defense,” Jones’ most marketable attribute was his pass-rushing, which netted him 173.5 total sacks, a statistic that wasn’t around during his playing days.

During the final season of his career, playing with the Redskins, Jones added another special feature to his impressive resume: an extra point.

The Redskins Blog ran a feature about the improbable kick, when head coach George Allen let his defensive end take a shot at the goalposts. The Redskins were ahead 41-0 against the Chicago Bears and quarterback Joe Theismann, in his first year with the team, held the snap for the Jones, listed as the team’s backup kicker.

Former Virginia senator and governor George Allen recalled the story a few years ago after hearing it from his father.

“In those days the goalposts were at the front of the end zone as opposed to the back,” said Allen. “The snap went back, Theismann put the ball down — Deacon didn’t kick him — the kick hit one upright, ricocheted into the other, and went in. Double bankshot, the goalposts are going [back and forth].”

Quite the retirement gift.

 

 


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Ryan Kerrigan’s Parents Thank Redskins Nation For Their Support

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 4, 2014 – 3:14 pm

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Anita Kerrigan wanted to personally thank Redskins Nation for their continued support of her son, Ryan Kerrigan.

She got her chance last weekend in Indianapolis.

Born and raised in nearby Muncie, Ind., Kerrigan had several family members and friends in attendance to watch him add to what is now a career-high in sacks (9.5) when he strip-sacked Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on the first play of the game.

That play drew a loud cheer from the Redskins fans in attendance at Lucas Oil Stadium, many of whom were wearing Kerrigan’s No. 91 jersey.

“The most important thing to me [and] the thing I appreciate the most is the fan,” Anita told Redskins.com’s Ross Hollebon. “The fan that I go and see here at Lucas Oil Stadium or at FedExField wearing a No. 91 jersey, that is so rewarding as a parent to see people support him and embrace him in that way.”

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While he’s already pretty intense on the field, Anita said that seeing the fan support “makes him want to play hard.”

“Ryan and I have talked, and it does pump him up when he goes to FedExField and sees everyone out there celebrating, wearing his jersey,” she said.

Ryan’s father Brendan, meanwhile, said he’s enjoyed seeing his son play so well on the field once again this season.

“It’s fun,” he said. “He works hard very consistently and like to see the improvement. We enjoy it every week.”

During his Wednesday post-practice press conference, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said the coaching staff and he have also enjoyed watching him succeed this year and that they “love the way he plays and the effort that he brings.”

To go along with his career-high 9.5 sacks this season, Kerrigan has also recorded 49 tackles and three forced fumbles.

Fan Support: 

 

 


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Tress Way Talks About Journey To Washington, Life Off The Field

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 4, 2014 – 12:10 pm

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When Tress Way joined the Washington Redskins on Aug. 20, few knew about the punter’s story.

Way punted collegiately at Oklahoma from 2008-12, appearing in 53 games with 250 punts for 10,988 yards (44.0 avg.) with 36 touchbacks and 91 punts downed inside the 20.

When he left Norman, Okla., Way owned the school’s record of 71 career punts of 50 or more yards.

Eventually signing with the Chicago Bears in 2013, Way would be released before the start of the season. In 2014, the exact same situation occurred for the former Sooner.

Fast-forward to Week 14 of the 2014 season, and not only is Way on the Redskins’ roster, but he’s proving to be one of the best at his position.

Earlier this week, Redskins.com wrote this story about Way’s journey to being a top NFL punter. Today, The Redskins Blog takes a quick look at three things about Way when he’s not booming punts.

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PHOTOS: DC Sports Artist’s Redskins Work

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 4, 2014 – 9:47 am

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If you want to add some art to your Washington Redskins collection, check out artist Paul Nichols.

Nichols — who’s known as D.C. Sports Artist on Twitter — has been doing different art pieces for Washington sports for years, and his Redskins work is just fantastic.

 


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PHOTO: Redskins Helmet Spotted In Mexico

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 4, 2014 – 7:33 am

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Redskins Nation scattering throughout the United States is nothing new, but the team’s international fans have used social media to show everyone that there are burgundy and gold supporters around the world.

In September, you may recall reddit user “Aarcn” appearing on a Chinese game show with a Redskins jersey on.

This photo was found in the Facebook fan group Hail to the Redskins. 


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