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Robert Griffin III Makes NFL.com Week 15 Top Five Runs

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 16, 2014 – 7:15 pm

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III showed off his legs against the Giants last Sunday. The results were promising.

NFL.com took notice and ranked his 23-yard dash in the third quarter as the No. 4 run play of Week 15.

After scrambling out of the pocket towards the sideline, Griffin III highlighted his run with a perfect stiff arm against safety Antrel Rolle, pushing him aside before finally getting tackled by Damontre Moore around mid-field.


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More On New Redskin Isaako Aaitui

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 16, 2014 – 6:14 pm

Issako Aaitui

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The Washington Redskins have given defensive lineman Isaako Aaitui another chance to play football.

Aaitui, signed to the practice squad today, is a native of Pago Pago, American Samoa and graduated from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), playing all four years for the Rebels after redshirting in 2006.

The 6-foot-3, 315 pounder has only made three tackles in his professional career — all coming in 2013 — since being starting his career with the Miami Dolphins in 2011.

He’s had brief stints with the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and Dolphins again.

In 2012, his season was wiped away after tearing his ACL and MCL.

This past April, Aaitui went back to his school and home in Samoa as part of the NFL Players Tour to run football camps for youth. He helped with a foundation there to keep students active to fight diabetes and other health issues, as well as get them engaged with the sport.

“Just to see the faces and the smiles of the students and the kids [made me] speechless,” Aaitui said of the clinics. “I think if everybody can have the will to be successful, there’s always a way.”

Aaitui has an incredible backstory. He only played a year of football in high school and had never lifted bench pressed before in his life. He weighed 220 pounds. Then he came to the United States.

After one year using UNLV’s weight program, he had bulked up to 290 pounds, learned to speak English, and became an integral part of the Rebels defense. With two games left in the year, he’s hoping to make an impression while with his new teammates.


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Chris Baker Hosts Book Drive

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 16, 2014 – 3:51 pm

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Washington Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker, along with the Chris Baker 92 Foundation, hosted a book drive event at a nearby pizza restaurant in Ashburn, Va., Monday night.

Baker, whose foundation promotes children’s literacy programs in Washington, D.C. area schools, collected kids books and posed for photos with fans who were encouraged to bring books for students in grades K-5.

Joining Baker was wide receiver Pierre Garcon:

Baker, Garcon

Last month, Baker visited the Wheatley Education Campus and spoke to fourth and fifth graders about the importance of literacy, bringing in a computer program to the campus as well.

This month, the program will be implemented in Windsor, Conn., and The Chris Baker 92 Foundation Reading Challenge will take place in January of next year.

“It’s something they can do here [or] at home,” Baker said in November. “They can take it home to have their parents help them out with their education programs. It’s something to help them reach their scores in reading and writing.”


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Fan Transforms Couch For Gameday

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 16, 2014 – 1:39 pm

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Some fans need the perfect setup to watch the Washington Redskins play each week.

Carroll Nickens, who shared some photos on the “2014 Redskins Nation” Facebook group, certainly does.

She makes sure that people who come through her living room know what team she supports, covering up her couch with a burgundy blanket and seven different styled team hats.

She also has a Redskins helmet tucked away in the corner, too.

Redskins couch

A few weeks ago we caught up with Christopher Bishop, who had turned one of his rooms into a Redskins “man cave,” painting his walls with team logos. People have also gotten creative with their personal offices, turning their bland cubicles into bursts of burgundy and gold, like this office we found in October.

Keep sending us your pictures of your colorful dedication!


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Jarvis Jenkins Says Happy Anniversary To Parents

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 16, 2014 – 11:41 am

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Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins on Tuesday posted an Instagram shoutout to his parents who are celebrating their 27th wedding anniversary.

“Congrats to my two biggest critics and supporters my mother and father Mr and Mrs Lica and Larry Jenkins. 27 years of marriage today and counting. You guys keep me goin,” Jenkins captioned the photo.

Less than a year after their ‘I dos,’ Lica and Larry Jenkins had Jarvis — a now 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive end who plays a key role in the Redskins’ rotation at the front of the 3-4.

Born and raised in Central, S.C., Jenkins family was sports-centric, as Larry is a former high school football player while Lica is a former junior college basketball player.

He admitted in an interview with Redskins.com in November that their backgrounds led to a pretty strict household at times.

“It was a little bit rough. My parents we were real hard on me,” Jenkins said. “My mom and dad, both working 12-hour shifts, it was a pretty good athletic family, [but a] strict household.”

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving this year, Jenkins’ family hosted the first-ever J3 Foundation turkey drive.

At the giveaway, Larry struggled to contain his emotions after he was asked what it meant for his son to giving away whole turkeys, green beans, mashed potatoes and stuffing to more than 100 families.

 


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VIDEO: Skins Santa Shoppe Takes Over FedExField

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 16, 2014 – 8:08 am

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The looks on the students’ faces told it all.

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the U.S. Marines on Monday joined together to host the Skins Santa Shoppe at FedExField in Landover, Md.

The second the students — coming from 20 different Washington, D.C., area schools — walked into a locker room full of gifts, their spirits were instantly lifted.

As Daisy Anderson remarked, for some of the students, the gifts they received at the Skins Santa Shoppe may be the only ones they get during the holidays.

“I had one child tell me this experience will change his life,” she said. “You can’t beat it.”


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