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Morris, Cousins, Polumbus Attend International Justice Mission Event

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 12, 2014 – 5:37 pm

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Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris, quarterback Kirk Cousins and tackle Tyler Polumbus, along with their three wives, attended the annual International Justice Mission fundraising event Thursday night.

IJM, a non-profit founded in 1997 and led by Gary Haugen, seeks to bring justice to countries with residents living in poverty. The theme of Thursday’s event focused on impunity, an issue affecting areas who have corrupt or lack of police authority in which criminals don’t suffer the consequences of illegal acts. For Cousins, who has attended each of the last three years, the cause is an important one.

“It’s an organization I like to spotlight because I just think they do a really good job of really maximizing their resources they have to make a real difference,” Cousins said. “I keep in touch with them year round.”

When Cousins was a rookie, Polumbus, who had been an active member and donor to IJM previously, asked if he’d like to join him at his table in an effort to fill some of empty seats. Cousins, who already knew about the organization from his days in high school, jumped at the opportunity and was delighted IJM had its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“It’s an amazing organization that my wife and I have supported for six or seven years now,” Polumbus said. “They work with anything from sex trafficking to people who are wrongly imprisoned, or shouldn’t be imprisoned, and land grabbing cases. This is all across the world. Truly, I think they’re one of the most powerful and influential organizations in rescuing people out of situations that are terrible.”

Cousins vowed in high school that IJM would be the first charitable cause he would donate towards, once he had the resources. Now, he attends and gives to the event yearly, and is hoping he and his wife can someday travel abroad to India, the Philippines, or Central America to experience how IJM works in the field.

“IJM seeks to bring justice by going in there, investigating undercover, and prosecuting [criminals] so when their consequences are brought to the surface, hopefully it will not only free a few people but it will create a culture of change, of justice, and a lack of impunity,” said Cousins, who might pursue similar kind of work once his football career ends.

“When I come face to face with it is when I’ll really be moved.”

 


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This Day In Redskins History: First-Ever Championship Victory

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 12, 2014 – 3:42 pm

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Twitter account continued their “On This Date” series with an archived photo from 1937.

It shows Washington Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh (No. 33) leading the team to a 28-21 victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship game.

The win was the Redskins’ first league championship and happened to also be their first year located in Washington, D.C.

Below, you’ll see real footage from the 1937 championship game set to a peppy marching tune:


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Pro Bowl Voting Update For Darrel Young, Ryan Kerrigan And Tress Way

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 12, 2014 – 11:19 am

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NFL.com on Thursday released updated numbers for Pro Bowl voting, and fullback Darrel Young and punter Tress Way rank third at the respective positions, while linebacker Ryan Kerrigan ranks 10th.

While the season hasn’t gone as expected for the Redskins, all three have experience individual success that should be noted.

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Young currently trails Green Bay Packer John Kuhn and Baltimore Raven Kyle Juszczyk in voting, but not in total touchdowns.

Scoring the Redskins’ first touchdown in the first three games of the season (Texans, Jaguars and Eagles) Young has three touchdowns while Kuhn and Juszczyk each have just one.

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Did you know — out of the top-10 outside linebackers in Pro Bowl voting, Kerrigan ranks No. 1 in forced fumbles.

He’s also fourth in tackles (54) and fifth in sacks (11.5).

Seven different outside linebackers, including Brian Orakpo, made last year’s Pro Bowl.

Way, meanwhile, is behind Raven Sam Koch and Cleveland Brown Spencer Lanning.

The Oklahoma product, however, is leading the NFL in average yards per punt (48.1) and recorded the season long of 77 yards.

On a fun side-note, Way told PressboxDC.com that his wife spends an hour each day voting for him.

As you prepare to make your submissions for the Pro Bowl, perhaps for an hour as well, keep these things in mind about all three Redskins.


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Happy Birthday, Alfred Morris!

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 12, 2014 – 9:56 am

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Take a break from serving up opposing defenses, Alfred, and have someone serve you a piece of cake, because its your birthday!

Morris has been a steady presence for the Redskins over the last three seasons, starting 45 games and rushing for 3,787 yards and 27 touchdowns. The Florida Atlantic product needs just 164 yards to pass Earnest Byner for sixth-most rushing yards in franchise history (3,950) and 300 yards to pass Terry Allen (4,086) for fifth-most.

While it’s always great to talk about Morris’ success as a player, there’s a pretty awesome guy under the helmet that we want to talk about:

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PHOTO: One Month Old And Already Hailing

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 12, 2014 – 8:14 am

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While the above photo was featured on the Washington Redskins’ Official Facebook page this morning, the photo below of fan Robert Kelly and wide receiver DeSean Jackson was found in the Facebook fan group “Redskins Die Hard Members.”

(Photo Courtesy: Robert Kelly)

(Photo Courtesy: Robert Kelly)


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