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Fan Starts An Impressive Redskins Wall

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 5, 2014 – 4:47 pm

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Christopher Bishop always wanted a “man cave” for his Fleming Island, Fla., home and just recently he found the space to create one dedicated to the Washington Redskins.

After getting inspired by a Youtube video from a Redskins fan, Bishop decide to start painting his bare white walls with Redskins logos. He plans to add more throughout the year, including inserting some Washington, D.C. monuments for his love of the city.

Bishop was mostly a college football fan until he moved to Virginia as a member of the Navy. There, he started watching the Redskins and shortly became a fan.

“When I moved down to Florida, I found out that my wife’s grandfather was a Redskins fan and then the love for the team grew stronger,” he wrote to the Redskins Blog. “Even though I will still move around because of the Navy, the connection I have with the Redskins will follow me.”

 


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Happy Birthday, Art Monk!

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 5, 2014 – 2:47 pm

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Washington Redskins legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Monk is celebrating his 57th birthday today!

Monk — the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions (888) and receiving yards — played 14 seasons in Washington. He recorded 1,000-yard seasons three straight years starting in 1984, appearing in three Pro Bowls during that span as well.

But, while Monk’s exploits on the gridiron have been well documented over the years, The Redskins Blog wants to celebrate his big day by looking at another joy in his life — fishing.

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According to TheHogs.net, Monk received his first fishing rod from his family when he was five-years-old.

“The family lived in an apartment above the Shiloh Gospel Chapel, and attended services there. His unusual patience and ability to focus was evident at an early age. His sister, Barbara recalls Christmas of 1962, when she’d given the five year old Art a toy fishing rod as a gift. Lela had a small goldfish bowl in the apartment, and Barbara came home one afternoon to find Art fishing for them with his new rod. “There he was,” she says, “standing in the middle of the living room, holding the rod with the plastic hook in the bowl. Anything he would put his mind to, he would go at it.”

When Monk was finally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008, his son, James Monk Jr., recalled their times on the water together.

When we were outside playing with our friends, I was always Art Monk. He taught me how to catch a football. He taught me how to catch a baseball. We just spent a lot of time together going fishing in the Potomac River, get up early in the morning when the water is nice and still and being able to have talks with him. No one else is looking, no one else is around, just me and Dad having a talk about life. Those were the times that really counted and mattered. I want people to know how great of a man he is outside of his being a football.

CHIME IN: Do you have a favorite moment from Monk’s Redskins career? Let us know below. 


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Marine Driving 700 Miles For Redskins-Rams Game

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 5, 2014 – 1:00 pm

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Kristofer Sweitzer’s earliest football memory is with his dad, watching the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI.

Sweitzer grew up in southern Illinois but his father was a diehard Redskins fan, taking out all of his gear every game day for good luck. The ritual stuck, and Sweitzer, who served in Iraq for two stints, became a devoted fan.

“I was so hooked that after returning home from Iraq my second time, me and some friends bought tickets to a Sunday night game between the Cowboys and Redskins,” Sweitzer wrote to The Redskins Blog. “Art Monk was kind enough to take a picture with us outside the game.”

His fanhood was on display throughout much of Redskins territory Thursday, as Sweitzer and his recently married wife, Rachel, packed up their car with Redskins garb and began a road trip from their home in Murfreesboro, Tenn. to Washington, D.C.

Sweitzer, also celebrating his 28th birthday, decided to drive up because he plans to meet some of his friends from the Marine Corps and will be tailgating before the game.

His long trip will be worth it. He scored tickets in the lower level of FedExField, a spoiled view for his wife’s first professional game.


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Vote Joe Gibbs In Pick-A-Coach Poll

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 5, 2014 – 11:53 am

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Joe Gibbs needs your help, Redskins Nation.

Talkoffamenetwork.com is currently running a poll asking fans to pick between five great coaches — Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, Bill Belichick and Gibbs — from the Super Bowl-era.

While all of the above coaches are certainly well-deserving of the honor of being the coach picked, there is only one Joe Gibbs.

Gibbs roamed the sidelines for the Redskins for 16 seasons, accumulating 154 regular season wins, 17 playoff victories and, of course, three Super Bowl championships.

In 1982 — his second season in Washington — Gibbs’ Redskins would finish the regular season with an 8-1 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

Cruising through the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys on the NFC side of the playoff bracket, the Redskins would beat the Miami Dolphins 27-17 in Super Bowl XVII.

In 1987, the Redskins would finish the regular season with an 11-4 record including two victories over the Cowboys. Getting past the Chicago Bears and Vikings thanks in large part to the play of Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, the Redskins would beat the Denver Broncos in historic fashion in Super Bowl XXII.

In 1991, Gibbs lead a team that dominated the competition en route to a 14-2 regular season record. The burgundy and gold carried their momentum into the playoffs, as they outscored the Atlanta Falcons, Lions and Buffalo Bills — in Super Bowl XXVI — by a combined score of 102-41.

 


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Alfred Morris At Prom, DeSean And Iverson And More Throwback Thursday

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 5, 2014 – 9:57 am

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You didn’t know that Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris was apparently prom king at Pine Forest High School?

Neither did we, but thanks to Throwback Thursday (#TBT), we got a glimpse of the Pro Bowl running back wearing the crown before he was a Pro Bowl running back.

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PHOTOS: Serviceman, Redskins Fan Adds To His Signatures Collection

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 5, 2014 – 8:27 am

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Sgt. First Class James McCulley’ ’15th Anniversary Edition’ truck — fully decked out in the Redskins’ burgundy and gold colors — now sports safety Phillip Thomas’ signature.

During training camp, McCulley told Redskins.com that his customized truck was his wife’s idea.

“It was my 15-year anniversary and my wife took the truck for two weeks and I had no idea what she was doing with it,” McCulley said at the time. “And it came back painted like this. On the tailgate it says ‘15th Anniversary Edition’ to celebrate our 15 years together.

“I’m so thankful for my wonderful wife. She supports me 100 percent and so do the Washington Redskins.”

 


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