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Australian Chad Ryan Takes In His First Redskins Game

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 8, 2014 – 3:45 pm

–PHOTOS: DC Sports Artist’s Redskins Work
–VIDEO: Artist Makes Redskins Pancake

Chad Ryan on Sunday sat in a state of awe.

After traveling more than 18,000 miles from his home in Australia, the diehard Washington Redskins fan took his place in the press box amongst the journalists he had only ever messaged online.

He had finally made it to his first game.

“I can’t think of anyone else in the world who would have had their very first Redskins game, [and] instead of going into the stands, [I’m] coming into [the pressbox],” Ryan told The Redskins Blog. “To be sitting amongst them is amazing.”

A long time sports fan, specifically of Aussie rules football, Ryan had an awakening 10 years ago when his cable company started broadcasting the NFL. At first he could only watch primetime games due to Australia’s time difference.

Eventually, he would wake up at 4 a.m. to catch the Redskins play every week, fascinated with his newly acquired favorite sport.

Ryan, however, didn’t want to support a team that recently won a Super Bowl for fear of being a bandwagon fan.

He had visited Washington, D.C. several times while working for the Australian government and fell in love with the city. He wanted a team with history and an active fan base and after watching former tight end Chris Cooley give one of his signature silly press conferences, the Redskins met all of his requirements.

“He had all those crazy hats and characters in his press conferences,” said Ryan of Cooley. “I couldn’t get enough of it.”

He elevated his passion this year. After interacting with many fans over Twitter and forming an online community, Ryan began his own weekly Redskins podcast where he waxes on the most recent games, highlights the news, and breaks down plays, engaging listeners from the D.C./Virginia/Maryland area. After messaging some of the Redskins beat writers, they connected him with the public relations team, who credentialed him for Sunday’s game.

Ryan had already purchased tickets back in the summer, unwilling to put his winter trip in jeopardy. He plans to marry his fiancé next winter in New York, and used the Redskins game as a brief excuse to stray from their vacation dedicated to scouting out wedding locations.

But traveling in the winter during the holidays meant the standard flight from Sydney-to-Los Angeles-to-New York would be too expensive. He had to make a detour through Hong Kong.

The long-journeyed, long-awaited experience, including getting postgame sound from the locker room, was enough for Ryan to consider moving to D.C. someday, maybe even to cover his adopted team.

“I’d love to get a job here and live here,” said Ryan, who cheered with his wife and her brother in the stands during the third quarter. “That’s the goal. Until that can happen, this is the first time I’ve come across here in winter so hopefully I can make it happen again during football time.”

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Throwback Thursday: Deacon Jones

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 4, 2014 – 4:19 pm

(AP Photo)

(AP Image)

Jones Made One Last Point Before Retiring
Chris Cooley Goes Undercover At Courtyard Marriott

As the Washington Redskins prepare to host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, it seems fitting to look back on the career of Deacon Jones, a longtime Ram who finished his 14-year career with the Redskins and is considered one of the best defensive ends in NFL history.

Jones, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, passed away in summer 2013.

He joined the NFL in 1961, spending 11 seasons in Los Angeles with the Rams before joining the San Diego Chargers for two years. Given the nickname “the Secretary of Defense,” Jones’ most marketable attribute was his pass-rushing, which netted him 173.5 total sacks, a statistic that wasn’t around during his playing days.

During the final season of his career, playing with the Redskins, Jones added another special feature to his impressive resume: an extra point.

The Redskins Blog ran a feature about the improbable kick, when head coach George Allen let his defensive end take a shot at the goalposts. The Redskins were ahead 41-0 against the Chicago Bears and quarterback Joe Theismann, in his first year with the team, held the snap for the Jones, listed as the team’s backup kicker.

Former Virginia senator and governor George Allen recalled the story a few years ago after hearing it from his father.

“In those days the goalposts were at the front of the end zone as opposed to the back,” said Allen. “The snap went back, Theismann put the ball down — Deacon didn’t kick him — the kick hit one upright, ricocheted into the other, and went in. Double bankshot, the goalposts are going [back and forth].”

Quite the retirement gift.



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Hail To The Beard Contest Winners

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 3, 2014 – 11:07 am


Hail To The Beard Photo Contest
Movember Matchup: Hairy Teammates, Franchise Greats Go Head-To-Head

The winners have been announced!

After voting through more than 50 fan submissions, Washington Redskins fans have selected their Top 3 “Hail To The Beard” hairy contest winners.

1st Place– Jeremy Grant

2nd Place– Whesley Warner

3rd Place– Jim Weiner

Jeremy will take home an autographed Alfred Morris Jersey, Whesley scores a DeSean Jackson autographed football and Jim will now get to boast that he has a signed Ryan Kerrigan photo all thanks to the beard.

Those finishing in the top 10 will receive a Jack Black’s Prize Pack.

Thank you to all who submitted photos during “No Shave November.” Happy trimming!


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Redskins Show Their Support At “Heart Of Gold” Event

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 2, 2014 – 5:50 pm


Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan talking with Washington National Ryan Zimmerman.

–VIDEO: Young Fan Sings Along With Fight Song
–Redskins Talk Thanksgiving Traditions, Plans

Current Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and former cornerback Shawn Springs hosted the kick-off event “Heart of Gold” Monday night, which honored the legacy of long-time educator Elaine Shuster. But there were plenty more athletes in attendance to aid the fundraiser.

Weaving through a packed Washington, D.C. restaurant, National Ryan Zimmerman stopped by to give his support and mingle with those in attendance, having a chat with Kerrigan as well before he left.

Other Redskins including quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Roy Helu Jr., safety Brandon Meriweather and wide receiver Santana Moss, filtered into the event, signing autographs and posing for numerous photos.

Here are some more scenes from the night:

Quarterback Kirk Cousins


From Left: Kai Forbath, Roy Helu Jr., Tom Compton, Chris Chester, and Eric Shuster


HeartOfGold event


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Roy Helu Jr. Gave Scoring Football To Baby Redskins Fan

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 2, 2014 – 12:00 pm

After Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. scampered into the end zone Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, he had unfinished business.

Shortly after he was able to retrieve the scoring football, he jogged over to the sideline stands to give a memorable souvenir to the youngest Redskins fan in attendance. Luckily, no opposing Colts fans tried to swipe the ball away from the little guy.

Here’s more on the young fan.

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Sunday Recap: Pierre Garçon and Ryan Kerrigan Return To Indianapolis

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 2, 2014 – 10:31 am


–The Redskins are in Indianpolis
–Garcon, Kerrigan Ready For Hoosier Homecomings

Last Sunday’s trip to Indianapolis was particularly resonant for Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garçon and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.

Garçon, who was drafted by the Colts in 2008 and played four seasons there, made his first trip back to Indy as an opposing player. While many of his former teammates from that time have moved on, he carved out a few minutes to connect with a few players, including Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, before the game.

“A lot of great memories in Indy,” Garçon told Redskins.com last week. “Won a lot of games in Indy, grew up in Indy – good times. Great times.”

Kerrigan never played for the Colts but the trip was still a homecoming. After growing up in Muncie, Ind. he graduated from Purdue University. He was able to meet with friends and family before the game and made sure they were rooting for the Redskins.

“I made it pretty clear: either you’re with me or you’re against me,” Kerrigan said with a smile. “If I’m getting you tickets, you’re not going to be cheering for both the Colts and Kerrigan — you’re going to cheer for the Redskins.”




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Redskins Talk Thanksgiving Traditions, Plans

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on November 27, 2014 – 7:27 am

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

–Social Media Recap: 12th Annual Redskins Harvest Feast
–Families Thankful For 12th Annual Redskins Harvest Feast

According to Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, the pressure is on quarterback Kirk Cousins to host a successful Thanksgiving dinner. According to Cousins, the pressure will mostly be on his wife who is in charge of cooking the turkey.

“I just got married this summer so I guess this will be the first time we’re starting our own tradition together as a married couple,” said Cousins. “Knowing my wife, in only the four or five months that we’ve been married, she’s lived up to the hype. She’s done a really good job cooking. So no doubt, Thanksgiving for her is game day.”

Along with Kerrigan, Cousins will host several other teammates and their wives as well as his own family members.

He’ll try to find some time to peek in on some games, too.

“It should be fun hosting a few of the other guys on the team, have some fun and fellowship and watch some football,” said Cousins. “It’s the 5 “F’s” in Thanksgiving that I love: football, family/friends, fun, good food, and a four-day weekend so I’m looking forward to that.”

Running back Roy Helu Jr. will also be with his wife Thursday after the team finishes practice. He’ll go to his sister’s house and eventually celebrate the holiday at his friend’s while unable to be home in California where he grew up.

“You kind of just adapt and make a lot of food,” said Helu, who promises to watch a lot of football as well. “We haven’t really started a tradition or anything.”

“I like the leg of the turkey, the dark meat,” he added.  “I want to try a deep-fried turkey because I haven’t tried one before. My pet peeve is cold Thanksgiving food. My favorite dessert is pumpkin pie or pecan pie– I switch in between– and cheesecake.”

Tight end Jordan Reed doesn’t plan to have the television on when he makes the trip to his brother’s home in Baltimore. He’ll be happy to lie around, talk to family and enjoy the macaroni and cheese his mother, the specialty cook, will pass around the table.

Kerrigan meanwhile is looking forward to his aunt’s sweet potato casserole and linebacker Trent Murphy expressed his excitement to try the fried turkey long snapper Nick Sundberg is preparing.

Wide receiver Santana Moss will also be with family Thursday, including his kids, whom he hasn’t seen for a while.

“I’m always thinking about the life that we get to live, that we don’t appreciate much,” he said. “I know some of us do. A lot of us don’t. We all complain, but at the end of the day it could be worse. So you’ve got to appreciate and love up your family.”

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Will Compton Pays Tribute To Adam Hayward

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on November 26, 2014 – 4:20 pm

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Jarvis Jenkins Reunites With Grade School Teacher
–PHOTO: Young Fan Dresses As Will Compton For Halloween

Linebacker and special teams captain Adam Hayward suffered a season-ending right leg injury Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. But on Wednesday, his number remained on the practice field.

In an act of solidarity, fellow inside linebacker and good friend Will Compton shed his personal No. 51 for Hayward’s No.55 during the Washington Redskins’ first practice since coming back to Loudoun County, Va.

11 games into his first full season, Compton has totaled 20 tackles. He has valued Hayward’s presence on the field and developed a strong relationship—and similar facial hair styles– with him, as evidenced in a couple of Instagram photos together.

BFFs 💚💜

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White House visit: RGIII speaks with CSNWashington; Kerrigan introduces Facebook video

Posted by Ross Hollebon on April 22, 2014 – 8:28 am

A variety of colored Easter eggs kept popping up yesterday at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll, and so has the content surrounding the event.

Tarik El-Bashir caught up with quarterback Robert Griffin III in this video:


Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan helps introduce this video for Redskins Facebook and Google+.

And, of course, HERE is Andrew Walker’s Redskins.com recap story from the special event.

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Ashley Caldwell: Olympian and Redskins Fan

Posted by Ross Hollebon on January 24, 2014 – 6:02 pm

Ashley CaldwellLoudoun County, Va. native Ashley Caldwell is now a two-time Olympian after being named to the U.S. Skiing squad for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Now 20 years old, Caldwell participated in the aerials event during 2010 in Vancouver as the youngest member of the entire U.S. team (16 years old), realizing an Olympic dream after combining a childhood of gymnastics and skiing.

She also happens to be a lifelong Washington Redskins fan.

Caldwell has competed in the NFL’s Punt, Pass, and Kick competition multiple times at FedExField and often displays her fandom when she is flying through the sky as a skiing aerialist.

Her skis are decorated with the Redskins logotype and colors as she shoots into the air, twirling, flipping and spinning before making her way back to the ground to stick her landing.

It isn’t often we get the opportunity to sit back as an organization and just be fans, but thanks to Caldwell we will get that opportunity next month.

We look forward to cheering as she competes for gold, and allows us to flip the script for our social media “Fan Fridays” as we cover her journey, provide additional background and exclusive footage from the Games and the moments surrounding them.

Congrats, Ashley! We’re excited to cheer you on and follow you on Twitter @AshleySkis.

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