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Redskins’ New GM Scot McCloughan Has An Athletic Resume

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 8, 2015 – 6:35 pm

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Kids normally hope to be firemen, athletes, doctors or singers when they grow up. Scot McCloughan wanted to be a general manager.

He’ll get to fulfill that wish for the second time in his career now that he’s officially signed on as the Redskins new general manager.

Naturally, McCloughan’s rise to being known as a player personnel savant began at an early age where he both observed and participated in sports. He was a pretty good athlete, actually.

Before college, McCloughan– born in San Leandro, Calif.– was a standout on the football field as a running back, safety and return man. He was even better on the diamond.

McCloughan earned a scholarship to play baseball for Wichita State where he participated in two College World Series, playing third base and designated hitter. He caught the eye of baseball scouts as far back as high school, however.

McCloughan with the Hagerstown Suns

McCloughan with the Hagerstown Suns

The Mets selected him in the 10th round of the 1989 Amateur Draft but he opted for college. Three years later, the Toronto Blue Jays drafted him in the same round in June, 1992, and assigned him to Class-A St. Catharines in Ontario.

He jumped around a few minor league levels within the organization before leaving to scout in 1994, his best baseball season statistically. He hit .296 with a .428 slugging percentage, adding three home runs and four triples in 63 games, splitting time between the Hagerstown Suns and Dunedin Blue Jays.

Part of that was a good bloodline.

Kent McCloughan (right) with Nebraska head football coach Bob Daveny (center) (AP Image)

Kent McCloughan (right) with Nebraska head football coach Bob Devaney (center) (AP Image)

Scot’s father, Kent McCloughan, played six seasons at cornerback with the Oakland Raiders (1965-70)—he went to the Super Bowl in 1967– and later became a member of the Raiders’ scouting staff for more than thirty years. Scot’s brother, David, played for the Seahawks for two years from 1993-94.

In fact, the Redskins actually drafted Kent out of Nebraska in the third round of the 1965 NFL Draft.

“I had not thought about being a cornerback because at Nebraska I played safety in a zone defense, which meant I could lay back for passes,” Kent told the Washington Post recently. “But I did not have any experience in man-to-man coverage of pass receivers required of a cornerback. So I thought I would have a better opportunity with the Raiders, who needed defensive players at that time.”

In a detailed profile in December, McCloughan explained that his father’s intense work hours watching and scouting players rubbed off on him.

“Scot would join Kent in the basement, where the film projector was set near a bar. Father and son would scout players, sometimes until 2 a.m. When Kent was on the road, Scot would watch film alone and write reports. He’d even skip school to watch the draft, back when it was a weekday nonevent.”

Eventually, as an outfielder in 1994, McCloughan got a job offer to be a regional scout for the Green Bay Packers. He hasn’t looked back since.

 


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More On New Redskin Ricky Sapp

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 8, 2015 – 5:13 pm

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The Redskins’ second linebacker signee today is not, as you might assume, related to Warren Sapp.

Ricky Sapp, signed to a Reserve/Future contract, spent time over his first four seasons with the Eagles, Jets and Texans as an outside linebacker.

He was raised in Bamberg, S.C., and was considered a fivestar recruit in high school.

Sapp, a 6-foot-4, 252 pounder, went to Clemson, appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman and entered his senior year fourth among active ACC players with 26 career tackles for loss and 11 career sacks.

The Eagles drafted him in 2010 but a knee injury forced him to the sidelines for his entire first year. He later jumped between practice and active rosters in New York and Houston, appearing in 17 games altogether, mostly on special teams.

One thing is clear: Sapp has a lot of motivational support, as seen in a couple of special Youtube messages.

Here’s one from last May sent in by a pastor from Sapp’s home Baptist church in South Carolina.

Not to be outdone, former NFL cornerback Eric Thomas supported Sapp enough during his time with the Jets to make him this motivational video, too.

He quotes Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” but has a better, original message to give.

“Make the rest of your life, the best of your life,” Thomas tells him.

Good advice for us all.

 


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More On New Redskin Austin Spitler

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 8, 2015 – 4:00 pm

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The Redskins like their linebackers.

The team announced on Thursday the signing of free agent Austin Spitler to a Reserve/Future contract.

An Ohio State product, Spitler was drafted by the Dolphins in 2010 and spent four years in Miami, recording 31 tackles there, mostly on special teams.

He signed with the Ravens in 2014 but was released during final cuts.

He had a solid career as a Buckeye and in 2009 and was expected to take over for James Laurinaitis but was moved to the strong side to fill a hole on the defense. He played behind Laurinaitis every year after redshirting in 2005.

Here’s a video from his time with the Dolphins getting interviewed about his first experiences playing in the NFL.


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Robert Griffin III Visits Family Friends In Hospital

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 8, 2015 – 3:00 pm

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Robert Griffin III has been busy since returning to his home in Copperas Cove, Texas.

It’s allowed him to attend the Cotton Bowl, revisit his childhood bedroom and, maybe most importantly, pay a special visit to two people in need.

Griffin III posted to social media on Wednesday a photo tribute to his friend Will Mallow, whose parents were both recently placed in the same nursing home facility.

Will’s father, David, has been battling lung cancer that was diagnosed last year.

Will’s mother, Margarita, recently joined him in the same nursing home after falling and being knocked unconscious. While at the hospital, doctors found she had temporary kidney failure that nearly ended her life.

In five days, however, remarkably, her kidneys began to function properly and she will be released soon.

Griffin III and his wife took the opportunity to visit both of Will’s parents, stopping by the nursing home as a surprise to bring flowers and cake and some momentary joy.

As Griffin III repeats in caption: Family is special. Family is there. Family is forever.


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Redskins Fans Hail Worldwide

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 8, 2015 – 1:52 pm

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We recently documented one fan’s dedication to the Redskins by posting a picture of him snowboarding atop the Vermont mountains wearing a Sean Taylor jersey.

When we asked for similar photos, a few were eager to share themselves hailing from all parts of the globe.

Here were a few more awesome pictures fans sent in displaying their Redskins passion, spanning from Nova Scotia, to Paris, to Hawaii, to San Francisco.

Have more photos like this? Tweet them out using #HTTR and we’ll try to feature more on The Redskins Blog in the coming weeks. We’re excited to see if these can be topped!


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VIDEO: Robert Griffin III Gives You A Quick Tour Of His Childhood Bedroom

Posted by Stephen Czarda on January 8, 2015 – 11:50 am

#tbt Went down to Copperas Cove, Texas to check out my old room. So many memories people!!!

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Like many kids growing up before him, during his generation and now, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s bedroom had three things — the classic sports wallpaper boarder, video games and action figures.

Griffin III posted on Instagram on Thursday video of him touring his old bedroom, the site of where many things were “poppin'” back in the day.

Griffin III has spent portions of the last week in Texas, as he was at the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day to watch his Baylor Bears take on the Michigan State Spartans.

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A Look Inside The Redskins’ Archives: Russ Grimm And McGruff The Crime Dog

Posted by Stephen Czarda on January 8, 2015 – 11:08 am

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Over the coming weeks, The Redskins Blog will be providing you with a different look at the franchise’s past.

Unlike Throwback Thursday where we’ve looked at important moments on the gridiron against an upcoming opponent, this series will examine some of the lighter moments as we go through all of the photos stored at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

To kick things off is the above photo of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Russ Grimm and McGruff the Crime Dog.

A few things to think of when looking at this photo:

–First off all, why are Grimm and McGruff together?
–Why is McGruff wearing a coat? Grimm and the police officer are wearing short sleeves.
–Finally, why is Grimm’s practice jersey so small? It’s not like he grew to the size he was during his playing days overnight.

Also of note, Grimm — a 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee — played alongside Joe Jacoby for much of his career.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight will announce the Class of 2015 tonight and Jacoby is one of a possible 15 men to enter this summer.


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Gary Clark To Attend Saturday Inova Blood Drive

Posted by Stephen Czarda on January 8, 2015 – 8:35 am

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Not only will Ricky Ervins, Ken Harvey and Dexter Manley be attending Saturday’s Inova blood drive at Redskins Park, but Gary Clark will be joining them as well.

From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Inova will be holding a blood drive at the team’s headquarters in Loudoun County, Va., where there will be a ton of neat activities, but, of course, most important is the opportunity to help save lives.

Inova Blood Donor Services supplies 24 hospitals in Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metro area with lifesaving blood and blood products. One blood donation can save up to three lives.

While at the Park, you can get a limited edition Redskins shirt, a VIP Tour of the facility, a picture with the Super Bowl Trophies and the chance to win a 2015 VIP Game Experience including two premium tickets, the opportunity to stand on the field during the National Anthem and more.

Clark, who played his first eight seasons in the NFL with the Redskins, helped the Redskins win two Super Bowl titles.

He finished his illustrious career in burgundy and gold with 549 receptions for 8,742 yards – he recorded at least 1,000 yards in five seasons — and 58 touchdowns.

Be sure to check back with The Redskins Blog tomorrow with more information on the blood drive.


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