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Australian Chad Ryan Takes In His First Redskins Game

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 8, 2014 – 3:45 pm

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Chad Ryan on Sunday sat in a state of awe.

After traveling more than 18,000 miles from his home in Australia, the diehard Washington Redskins fan took his place in the press box amongst the journalists he had only ever messaged online.

He had finally made it to his first game.

“I can’t think of anyone else in the world who would have had their very first Redskins game, [and] instead of going into the stands, [I’m] coming into [the pressbox],” Ryan told The Redskins Blog. “To be sitting amongst them is amazing.”

A long time sports fan, specifically of Aussie rules football, Ryan had an awakening 10 years ago when his cable company started broadcasting the NFL. At first he could only watch primetime games due to Australia’s time difference.

Eventually, he would wake up at 4 a.m. to catch the Redskins play every week, fascinated with his newly acquired favorite sport.

Ryan, however, didn’t want to support a team that recently won a Super Bowl for fear of being a bandwagon fan.

He had visited Washington, D.C. several times while working for the Australian government and fell in love with the city. He wanted a team with history and an active fan base and after watching former tight end Chris Cooley give one of his signature silly press conferences, the Redskins met all of his requirements.

“He had all those crazy hats and characters in his press conferences,” said Ryan of Cooley. “I couldn’t get enough of it.”

He elevated his passion this year. After interacting with many fans over Twitter and forming an online community, Ryan began his own weekly Redskins podcast where he waxes on the most recent games, highlights the news, and breaks down plays, engaging listeners from the D.C./Virginia/Maryland area. After messaging some of the Redskins beat writers, they connected him with the public relations team, who credentialed him for Sunday’s game.

Ryan had already purchased tickets back in the summer, unwilling to put his winter trip in jeopardy. He plans to marry his fiancé next winter in New York, and used the Redskins game as a brief excuse to stray from their vacation dedicated to scouting out wedding locations.

But traveling in the winter during the holidays meant the standard flight from Sydney-to-Los Angeles-to-New York would be too expensive. He had to make a detour through Hong Kong.

The long-journeyed, long-awaited experience, including getting postgame sound from the locker room, was enough for Ryan to consider moving to D.C. someday, maybe even to cover his adopted team.

“I’d love to get a job here and live here,” said Ryan, who cheered with his wife and her brother in the stands during the third quarter. “That’s the goal. Until that can happen, this is the first time I’ve come across here in winter so hopefully I can make it happen again during football time.”


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DeAngelo Hall Attends Sunday’s Game, Has A Special Message For One Fan

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 8, 2014 – 12:11 pm

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Despite having to using a scooter to get around as he recovers from a season-ending Achilles injury, Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Sunday made an appearance at FedExField.

Hall — who started the defensive backs’ ‘Bad Boys’ pregame tradition — joined several pregame huddles along with linebacker Adam Hayward who was also at the game.

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On Monday morning, though, Hall posted on Instagram a photo of Redskins fan Edwuin Ayala and he.

Got a chance yesterday to meet & spend some time with one of my biggest fans.. 2 months ago @EdwuinAyala reached out to me in a DM giving me words of encouragement as I fight my way back from injury.. As we exchanged messages I learned he was battling cancer.. Amazing to see the fight this young man has and he does it w a smile and I’m thankful that our txt convos weekly motivate us both.. Got a chance to meet him yesterday in person & introduce him to some of his fav Skins players as well.. Hearing him say “I made his year” is #Priceless. Y’all go show him love and support him as he continues to fight .. #LetsBeatCancer #HTTR

Update: Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins tweeted out that it was great seeing the three-time Pro Bowler again.


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Service Members Honored At FedExField

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 8, 2014 – 10:26 am

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Captain David Hamlin, U.S. Army CIO/G-6, Cybersecurity and Captain Lauren Hamlin, U.S. Army, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Commander HHC Warrior Transition Brigade on Sunday were honored by the Washington Redskins at FedExField.

Captain David Hamlin has served more than 21 years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, both as an enlisted soldier and as a commissioned officer.

He has been deployed to Kosovo, Iraq and Haiti, and is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award, and Sergeant Morales Club Medallion.

He earned his B.A. in History from University of Maryland, a M.S. in Biotechnology from Georgetown University and will complete his second B.S. in Cybersecurity in May 2015.

Captain Lauren Hamlin, meanwhile, has served more than eight years in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, and has deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

She is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Headquarters, Department of the Army Pace Award, calendar year 2013.

She attended The Citadel Military College of South Carolina on a soccer scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in Biology.

She also has a MS in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland.

Before stepping out onto the field, the Hamlin’s, along with their son, took a photo together.

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Charo Selected As This Year’s Pro Bowl Cheerleader

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 8, 2014 – 9:03 am

There will be a familiar face on the sidelines during January’s Pro Bowl, as First Ladies of Football captain Charo was selected as the team’s Pro Bowl cheerleader!

In her fourth season on the squad, Charo is now the second active Redskins Cheerleader to be bestowed the honor of repping the burgundy and gold at the annual spectacle, as fellow captain Maigan did so as well earlier this year in Hawaii.

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This year’s Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

To learn more about Charo and all the First Ladies of Football, check out the cheerleaders’ page now.


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