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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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