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WOW, Redskins Salute Members Send Off Hundreds Of Care Packages

Posted by Andrew Walker on February 24, 2015 – 11:05 pm

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It certainly isn’t rare to see several people running inside the Redskins’ indoor training facility, but on Tuesday, the hustling was for a tremendous cause.

One hundred members each from the Women of Washington Redskins (WOW) and Redskins Salute – joining forces for the first time – came to Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va., and, under the leadership of current and former Redskins players and cheerleaders, assembled hundreds of care packages for U.S. troops stationed overseas.

The Care Package Assembly Night, also hosted by Papa John’s and Coca-Cola, was a huge success.

“It’s really cool,” said Redskins fullback Darrel Young, whose brother serves in the military. “It lets them know that they’re appreciated for everything that they do. Just sending them anything that you can send, they’re always appreciative, because they can’t always get the goods that they like. So you just like to send anything over there to show you care.”

Also taking part Tuesday were safety Akeem Davis, Redskins alums Dexter Manley and Ravin Caldwell, defensive coordinator Joe Barry, Redskins Cheerleader Ambassadors, Felicia and Angela, and Jacqueline Griffin, the mother of quarterback Robert Griffin III and a retired Army sergeant.

Click here to read the full story about the event.

Here’s some of the action from the night caught on various social media channels:

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Sports Illustrated Vault Finds Rare John Riggins Photo

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 24, 2015 – 5:13 pm

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Twitter, for all of its negativity, can be an amazing place to find random things.

Take yesterday, for instance, when the Sports Illustrated Vault Twitter account asked for photo requests from fans to challenge their digital archive digging team.

On the surface, the requests were pretty out there, like this one posted by Hugh Perry.

Good luck with that one, right? Well, apparently, anything is possible, and that possibility led to finding legendary running back John Riggins sitting in his other natural environment, fishing line in hand, on a boat, with a not-quite-so-big gold fish attached.

Close enough.

If you’ve followed Riggins recently, you know he’s an avid outdoorsman and had his own show, “Riggo on the Range,” on the Sportsman Channel. He told me in December that he’s also still deer hunting.

The gold fish isn’t necessarily the kind of thrill Hugh Murray was looking for. But, considering how great this shot is, I don’t think he seemed to mind.


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Joe Theismann’s Letter To Younger Self

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 24, 2015 – 3:26 pm

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Founded by New York Yankees legendary shortstop last year, PlayersTribune.com gives current and former professional athletes the chance to tell unfiltered stories.

On Tuesday, former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann was candid about his career, and what went through his mind sometimes, in an article entitled “Letter To My Younger Self.”

This letter, which goes in chronological order starting with his days as a sensational college player, provides an entirely new narrative about Theismann where he writes about advice he would have given to himself had he known more.

Theismann starts with when he was a Heisman finalist after his junior year and then fast forwards to the day he heeded the advice of the school’s PR Director to change his last name.

Before your senior year, Notre Dame’s PR director Roger Valdiserri convinced you to change the pronunciation of your last name so that it rhymes with Heisman. From this experience you’ll learn a couple of things. Firstly, voters aren’t interested in gimmicks. Secondly, sometimes nicknames have a way of sticking. Say goodbye to Joe ‘Theesmann.’

After his Notre Dame career finished, Theismann was drafted by both the Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Twins.

But, without an agent, contract talks would stall with the Dolphins and he’d instead join the Toronto Argonauts.

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Beyond The Sidelines: Kirsten On Cheerleading, School And Future

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 24, 2015 – 1:47 pm

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Get to know your Washington Redskins Cheerleaders beyond the sidelines! Today’s cheerleader is Kirsten, who is also a nanny and a full-time student. 

Hey everyone! I am Kirsten. Beyond the sidelines I am a nanny and a full-time student.

Our Washington Redskins Cheerleaders (WRC) practice schedule is super demanding, which can make it difficult for me to balance my school and work schedule as well.

Planning and writing down a specific schedule with time slots is very helpful for me.

Things don’t always go the way you plan, of course, but it at least gives me guideline to follow. Additionally, my best friend Meag, who is also on the team, and I live close to each other.

We carpool to practice together which means a few extra minutes of studying in the car whenever she drives.

I have also learned that time management is key. I make sure to remind myself this type of schedule is only temporary but worth it!

I am currently in school as a Nursing Major in hopes to become a pediatric nurse.

I also have so much love and respect for the men and women who serve for our country. After going on a military tour this past month, I gained so much insight about the life of someone who is deployed. In the future, I would love to come up with a new way to honor those who fight for our freedom.

Being a nanny is hard work, but so much fun. I hope to have children one day and I like to joke that the three kids that I nanny are helping me to practice for motherhood. You have to work under a lot of pressure when taking care of toddlers. I have learned so much about myself because of being a nanny. Teaching children brings you back to the basics, and I have become a much more patient person because of it.

I truly believe kids teach us so much more than we teach them!


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More On That Unconventional Robb Akey Interview

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 24, 2015 – 12:28 pm

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Remember last week when head coach Jay Gruden, at his press conference, said that during the team’s interview with defensive line coach Robb Akey “he knocked over garbage cans and chairs and tables, he was fired up.”

It created quite the image.

Well, in his interview with Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins, Gruden elaborated a little more about the hire and just why some of the room’s furniture was getting thrown around.

“We were going to go through the process of interviewing a lot of defensive line coaches, but when [Akey] came through our door it was like, ‘We’re done,’” Gruden said. “He did a great job in the interview, knocked over garbage cans, chairs and tables. [He was] very into it, very energetic, very passionate about the position. I’m excited. ”

But why was he kicking those things around?

“He was demonstrating some drills in the room, knocking things over,” Gruden said. “We were ducking and dodging flying objects. It was pretty impressive.” 


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Redskins Read Challenge Deadline Is Approaching

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 24, 2015 – 11:27 am

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There’s less than a month left to meet the deadline for the “Redskins Read Challenge,” which encourages students in grades K-6 throughout the D.C. Metro area to read 1,000 or more minutes from September 2014 through March 15, 2015.

For this annual challenge, hosted by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, once your child reaches the goal of 1,000 minutes, they can be nominated by a parent, guardian, teacher or librarian to be a “Redskins Read Challenge” Champion.

Each Champion will also receive a Redskins prize pack, and the school with the highest percentage of overall participation will receive the opportunity to host a Redskins Reading Rally at their school with a current or former Redskins player.

With the snowy, cold conditions persisting, it’s the perfect time to start catching up, especially considering Monday, March 2, is “Read Across America Day.”

There’s just more than a month left to be nominated for the challenge. Don’t let your child miss out on this opportunity! Nominations can be submitted here.

Any questions regarding the Redskins Read Challenge can be submitted directly to the Redskins Charitable Foundation via email at charitablefoundation@redskins.com.


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Is Darrell Green Going To Run Another 40-Yard Dash?

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 24, 2015 – 9:05 am

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This could get good.

With the NFL Combine dominating headlines over the weekend, and, per usual, the 40-yard dash coming into play when evaluating talent, former NFL wide receiver Joe Galloway stated he could could run a sub-4.3 with a little bit of training.

Even if he can, would it be good enough to best Green, a four-time NFL’s Fastest Man Competition winner?

Well the recently turned 55-year-old didn’t exactly answer the question as to who could clock in with a better time, but he did say he might run it soon to promote healthy living.

Here’s some of Green’s greatest highlights while with the Redskins:

They’ll never get old.


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