Darrell Green had a vision when he came to Washington, D.C. as a speedy cornerback for the Washington Redskins.
On the field, the Hall of Famer wanted to let opponents know that despite being smaller than a majority of the competition, they wouldn’t be able to overcome his package of legendary speed, glue-like coverage skills and game-changing special teams play.
Off the field, he wanted to give back to a community that has supported him since the day he was drafted.
On Monday evening, Green hosted the 25th annual “Christmas With The Redskins” at the Hilton McLean Tyson’s Corner.
Joined by current Redskins Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Chris Chester, Shawn Lauvao, Kedric Golston, Keenan Robinson, Everette Brown, DeAngelo Hall, Bashaud Breeland and Akeem Davis, Green opened the doors to more than 175 kids that were receiving shoes, clothes and other gifts.
“I have been doing this for 25 years and it’s always the same,” he said. “It’s a privilege to wake up this morning and think right and be willing to care about other people. As a young man coming into this city and coming into this profession, I just had a vision and take the influence that came with that job and the resources and access, and I wanted to turn it into something with benefits. Think about other people.”
After helping three kids navigate through all of the gifts, Hall said that he takes any chance he can get to help those in need.
“Darrell has been this for a while and he is someone I definitely look up to,” he said. “I think this is my sixth year doing this event. I had three kids with me tonight, and anytime you can give back, especially during the holidays, to families and kids that are less fortunate than you, you have to take that opportunity to do it.”
Green told the story of how he returned to Redskins Park a few weeks ago and was overcome with emotion when trying to talk about his time as a player.
“I really love the Redskins and all that they meant to me,” Green said. “This is how I came to Washington, D.C. 31 years ago, I met my wife here, my pastor. My children were grown and raised here, because that job offered me benefits that are allowing me to give back.”
Closing out the event, Green thanked the players for their participation.
“I just want to thank all of the Redskins players – many of whom weren’t even born when I was playing – for coming and continuing to keep this going,” he said. “This is so humbling.”
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