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RGIII Makes Brief Cameo In New Gatorade Commercial

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 20, 2015 – 4:28 pm

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Gatorade recently turned 50 years old.

To celebrate their anniversary, the sports drink’s relatively new commercial highlights some of the best athletes, coaches, teams and moments over sports history.

The ad displays 50 special occasions that Gatorade has been part of, with each number attached to a player or achievement. Sometimes these correlations are fairly recognizable and others require some more thinking.

For example, while it might be reasonable to see Griffin III occupy the No. 10 spot (that’s his jersey number after all), he shows up later in the segment.

Can you guess where?


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Chris Mortensen Discusses Changes In Combine, Draft

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 20, 2015 – 3:16 pm

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ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen remembers when the NFL Scouting combine was just a few media members meeting with front office employees in hotel lobbies. The year was 1987.

“I actually bumped into a coach the other day. He said, ‘I remember when it was just you, Rich Gosselin from the Dallas Morning News, he was at Kansas City then, and a couple other guys.’ There was no event,” Mortensen recalled to linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and Redskins.com’s Andrew Walker.

“It was at the Hoosier Dome…the Indiana Dome,” he said. “You really just met up with general managers, scouts and coaches, in kind of just the lobbies in one of the hotels. But this is obviously a different time.”

Indeed. Part of the reasoning behind the explosion of interest in events like the combine and draft has been the union of college football with the NFL. Mortensen believes the calendar conflation makes both audiences tune in.

“How can the draft draw so many, 35-40 million viewers, over the course of a three-day event?” Mortensen said.  “I’ve always felt like I tried to solve this with the great mind I have. You know what? It’s actually the day that college football, now the second most popular sport in America, is married-up to the professional football, and it’s kind of like it’s graduation day and you’re getting grades, and you have a lot to talk about it. So, you put two popular sports together, and this obviously what they consider a critical time.”

Kerrigan then asked Mortensen for his thoughts on the NFL Draft moving from New York City to Chicago for the first time:

“I didn’t necessarily want to get it out of New York, although I’m not from there,” he said. “But, Chicago is a great town. It’s obviously more in the Mid-West – nothing wrong with that…It just won’t be the same because one of the things that makes the actual Radio Music City Hall or before that it was the Madison Square Garden theatre – Jets fans being in the balcony waiting for their pick and going, ‘Oh no!’ But, it’s still going to be exciting because it’s a time of anticipation.

“Maybe you could say it’s over-hyped. I think in the way you look at the Seattle Seahawks and you say, well you saw where all the sudden they were hitting on the guys in the fifth, sixth and seventh round. The Patriots and the Seahawks I think had more undrafted guys on their rosters than anybody. So, we get excited the rounds like you [Kerrigan] were picked in, and those are the guys who are visible. But, the draft is a total body of work and the headliners are headliners, and we’re going to talk about it forever until somebody drops saying, ‘I can’t take it anymore.’”

Check out what Mortensen had to say about Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan here.


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Chris Neild Among Those Attending NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 20, 2015 – 2:00 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

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Chris Neild is thinking ahead a little bit this weekend.

While the defensive lineman has been putting in a lot of work this offseason to get ready for the 2015 season, he’s taking a break over the next few days to attend the fifth-annual NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy in Louisville , Ky.

The partnership between NFL Player’s Engagement and the NCAA “provides both current and former NFL players with a unique opportunity to learn from top coaches and personnel at every level of the game,” said former Redskin James Thrash in a press release. “Our goal is to develop a professional pipeline of coaches who understand the NFL standard and transfer that knowledge of coaching skills, leadership, and character to players at all levels.”

The press release also says that attendees will get instruction from both top-ranking football coaches and business leaders on topics that include the following:

How to build a personal and professional brand; managing budgets; successful networking; health and safety; media messaging; coaching contracts; building relationships in college; effective leadership; understanding the academic landscape; and the interview process.

Former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly will also be a keynote speaker.


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Stanford OT Andrus Peat A Fan Of Redskins’ Trent Murphy

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 20, 2015 – 1:18 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

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There’s some history between Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat and Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy. There’s also some friendly competition.

Peat, who is participating in the NFL Scouting Combine today, used to be teammates with Murphy and often squared off with him when the two played for the Cardinal.

“My own teammate, Trent Murphy, was real tough to deal with in practice,” Peat told CSN Washington.

“He’s the toughest football player that I’ve played against,” said Peat. “Just his tenacity and his work ethic really helped him out of the field. He’s just tough to go against in one on ones anytime in practice.”

Peat’s father, Todd, was a former offensive lineman for the Cardinals and Raiders, and didn’t allow Andrus to start playing football until high school so he wouldn’t be too burned out by the time he got to college.

“His darkest day was his freshman year when he couldn’t block Trent Murphy,” Peat Sr. told Cardinals.com. “He called me in tears. I [recently] read something where Murphy was asked about the toughest guy [he] ever went against. Andrus Peat. That meant a lot.”

If the Redskins don’t draft the 6-foot-7, 313 pound lineman, they may just get to face off against each other down the road. Just like in college.


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Santana Moss Is Attending Classes At Miami

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 20, 2015 – 12:05 pm

Just leaving class, waiting on the cane shuttle like…bhiiiiii it's cold!!!

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Santana Moss has returned to the school where he made a name for himself on the field.

The 14-year NFL veteran attended Miami during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, smashing the school’s all-time receiving yards record (2,546) while also earning All-Big East Conference honors his senior season.

While at Miami, Moss was also hard at work in the classroom, majoring in Liberal Arts.

Now, 14 years after receiving his Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts, Moss is back in the classroom, this time as part of the school’s new Executive MBA program designed for professional athletes.

As PRNewswire.com explains, “it is an 18-month program that consists of six two-week residency modules at the School’s main campus in Coral Gables. The program, which will be taught by the same world-class faculty who teach in the School’s other programs, has the same curriculum as the School’s existing Global Executive MBA program, which meets on a similar schedule.”


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A Look Inside The Redskins Archives: George Allen Prepares Draft Board

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 20, 2015 – 11:43 am

George Allen Draft Board Edited

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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.

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The NFL Scouting Combine — a chance for general managers, coaches and scouts to examine college players up close — officially kicks off today.

Depending on how the weekend goes and if any prospects stand out, front office draft boards, many of which are already being put together, could see some transformation.

This photo, taken Jan. 30, 1973, featuring head coach and general manager George Allen (back left corner) with a group of scouts and coaches, shows the Redskins staff preparing their own draft board a good decade before the combine existed.

Back then, with no internet or easily accessible player footage, you could actually “look at the tape,” after you scanned through those big leaflets the reels of celluloid are sitting on.

This was also an era when notecards had some real value, just like pushpins and corkboards and waiting nervously by a rotary phone.

So, yes, there was a time where the 40-yard dash time wasn’t a standardized statistic.

For a moment you can live in that reality, carpeted floor and all.

Comment below if you can name the other men in the room


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