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Duke Ihenacho Collecting Winter Gear At Team Store This Week

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 22, 2014 – 3:25 pm

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Through December 24th, the Redskins will be collecting beanies, scarves and other winter gear outside of the Dulles Town Center mall team store.

Those that donate will be entered into a drawing to win either two tickets to this Sunday’s Cowboys game or a pair of Bose headphones.

Saftey Duke Ihenacho helped kick off the drive Monday afternoon for a few hours, asking fans to give away any extra warm clothing and obliging other with some autographs and photos.

“It’s getting cold. It’s the season of giving,” Ihenacho said. “There’s plenty of people that need scarves and beanies and socks and gloves, things to keep them warm during the holidays, things that we take for granted. We’re here today, we’re trying to collect as many…as possible before Christmas.

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“You want to feel connected to the community. You want to feel connected to the people and the environment,” Ihenacho said. “Anytime you’re in the position that we are in, you try to do whatever you can to help. You would be cheating yourself if you were at this position and you never gave back to somebody who needs it.”

Running back Alfred Morris also showed up for a little bit to encourage people to donate, and greeted fans doing some last-minute holiday shopping.

“Things like this definitely help put us at ease,” Ihenacho said. “Things like these are bright spots throughout the season.”

The team store will have a box outside the entrance to drop in items and sign up for the prize drawings through Wednesday night.





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Christmas Storytime With The Redskins And The Wizards Cheerleaders

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 26, 2013 – 7:00 am

I don’t have children, but if I did, it would be lovely to have Santana Moss, Alfred Morris, Joshua Morgan, Brian Orakpo, Niles Paul and 18 Washington Wizards cheerleaders read them a bedtime story.

If you ate too much glazed ham to read your young ones to sleep, show them this video of the Redskins players and NBA cheerleaders reciting “Twas the Night Before Christmas” courtesy of CBS affiliate WUSA-9. Read more »

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Best Christmas Ever: Brian Orakpo’s Mom Bought Him A Nintendo 64

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 25, 2013 – 2:20 pm



Brian Orakpo is a chiseled, 27-year old man with a face cut from granite, an imposing 6-foot-4, 257-pound linebacker who celebrates sacks with a low-octave growl like a malevolent Barry White.

But not so long ago he was just an excited kid, probably less excited than this kid, but still pretty excited.

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Watch Children Get Christmas Presents And Beam At ‘Skins Santa Shoppe

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 18, 2013 – 11:25 am

Santa’s workshop came to FedExField on Tuesday, and more than 1,100 presents found new owners.

Sit down and watch the video above. Then forward it to the scrooge in your life.

I’m still trying to clean up my heart, which has warmed and melted into puddle around my feet.

Read the full story here.

See a photo gallery from the event with accompanying music after the jump. Read more »

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Redskins Players Christmas Day Recap

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 26, 2011 – 1:31 pm

In honor of yesterday’s moderately well-known holiday, most players had a chance to spend time with some version of family or adopted family.

While many players hosted family or made it home, some of the visits were unexpected.  Safety DeJon Gomes was his own surprise present, playing Santa Claus for his delighted mom.  From the looks of his pristine suit, I don’t think he had to brave the chimney:

Other players had a visit from Santa…or at least from nose tackle Chris Neild’s “nutty Nephew”: Read more »

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To All Fans: Merry Christmas, Thank You

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 25, 2011 – 1:09 am

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On behalf of the Redskins organization, I hope that all people of all faiths and creeds can enjoy time away from the world, with their families today.  More important than any gift given or received, are the people that you get to share them with.  So to all of the Hoos down in Hooville, Merry Christmas!

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan began his post game press conference yesterday for their season-long support, regardless of the team’s record.

“I’d like to start off by saying thanks to our fans,” he said.  “Any time you’ve got a five-win season and a team comes in with two wins, it’s not too often you get that type of support. Obviously, we didn’t make them very happy with the way we played. But I’d like to thank them for being as loud and showing up over other things you would do over Christmas weekend.”

Whether you made it out yesterday or not, thank you for your support.  Now please close your laptop/smart phone and enjoy time with family and friends.

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Santa Shoppe Starts Friendly Competitions

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 19, 2011 – 5:44 pm

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Given the short practice week and Saturday game, everything in the normal NFL week has been moved up a day.

So happy Tuesday to all of you.

Tuesdays are a day for players to give back, which is precisely what they did this morning at the “Skins Santa Shoppe” at FedExField.  The event is held in the locker room, and 1,100 area school children get to walk through with their favorite Redskins player and pick out their favorite toy for the holidays.

The toys are supplied by the Redskins in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Touchdown for Tots toy drive.

Redskins players Oshiomogho Atogwe, Brandon Banks, Travon Bellamy, Chris Chester, Reed Doughty, Chris Neild, Cole Pemberton, Markus White, Erik Cook, Nick Sundberg, Ryan Kerrigan, Darrel Young, Rob Jackson helped underserved kids that might not otherwise get what they want for the holidays.

“It’s just fun that the kids get to come out and have it here in our locker rooms, meet some of the players, Santa’s here, get to pick out a toy, and just make it a totally enjoyable day for them,” said Redskins safety Reed Doughty.

Looking around the room at the over-sized boxes of toys, lollipops, horses and candy canes, he added: “This is a whole different atmosphere in here.  I think it’s cool that they have it in here, where the kids get a better look at where we play, but I don’t get any nerves walking in here today.”

And neither did the rest of the crew.  Maybe it was yesterday’s win, maybe it was the holiday spirit, or maybe it was everyone’s inner child coming out–but the players might have had more fun with the toys than the kids.

The biggest hit of the day were the NRG yo-yos that were handed out in addition to the toys.  For most of the young players on the team, this harkens back to elementary and middle school when yo-yos were the coolest toy ever.

Let’s just say that some players still had skills…and some just had enthusiasm:

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Players Invest In Christmas With Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 14, 2011 – 1:53 pm

The holiday season is full of Redskins charity events throughout the DMV region.  Whether it’s a coat for a child, Thanksgiving dinner, or a meal for the homeless, the Redskins players are at the forefront of giving.

But not very often do the players have the opportunity to provide the cheer that brightens a child’s day, like they do at Darrell Green’s annual “Christmas with the Redskins.”

At this particular event, the players and other various members of the organization are given a name and picture of their appointed child, and they go out and buy that child shoes, clothes, and a unique gift.  Then, with the help of Ms. BJ Blanchard, the front desk receptionist at Redskins Park, they wrap the gifts in festive holiday paper and head off to deliver.

This might be the most uniquely personal act of giving that the players get to partake in, and as Green describes it, the blessing is on the part of the players that get involved.

“The privilege is ours, don’t kid yourself,” he said with a smile.  “This is the Super Bowl 12 times, meaning every time you go, the one you’re playing in is the most-special one.  The joy that we get–we’re the ones getting the blessing.”

For some players, events like this hit close to home, because they can identify with the situation that some of these children grow up in.

“I’ve been in his position before, I remember what Christmas was like,” said receiver Niles Paul.  “I’m gonna get him something nice and not just something that fits the criteria.”

Check out more of the Christmas magic, below: Read more »

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Santa Claus Is Coming To…FedExField

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 22, 2011 – 6:58 pm

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Jolly Ol’ St. Nick made his first appearance of the season at FedExField today, to participate in the “Harris Teeter-Redskins Harvest Feast” presented by Ryan Homes.

Kris Kringle revealed that not only is he a big Redskins fan, but he also used to be a Redskins season ticket holder.  He would spend more time at his favorite football stadium, were it not for his regular 9-5 of delivering toys to every good little boy and girl in the world.

“When I’m not flying my reindeer, though,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “I drive a Burgundy and Gold van around with Redskins decals on the side.” Read more »

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Chris Cooley Comes From The Best Christmas Town In America

Posted by Matt Terl on December 25, 2010 – 3:30 pm

Chris Cooley stared at my computer screen, slightly incredulous. “No way,” he said. “Logan, Utah?”

What he was looking at was an article from The Daily Beast that had named that city — where Cooley lived for more than ten years, including high school and college — as the best Christmas city for kids in all of America. The criteria included number of kids under 14, toy stores per capita, candy stores per capita, and the probability of snow on Christmas day.

For Logan, the Daily Beast put the white Christmas chances at eighty percent, a number that made Cooley dubious. “8 in 10?” he asked. “Oh, that means there’s just snow on the ground during Christmas, it’s not snowing on like Christmas Eve or something. That’s why five towns are in Utah, and all of them are in the west. I mean, we had Christmas, like, four years in a row with no snow on the ground.”

For the record, Cooley’s surprise doesn’t come because he lacked fun Christmases as a kid. “We always had good Christmases because my mom was big into Christmas,” Cooley said. “I guess it doesn’t totally shock me, but … you know.”

Indeed. So the ironic wrapper on this particular Christmas package is that Jay Cutler gets lots of ink around this time every year for being from Santa Claus, Indiana … “Which is not on the list,” Cooley noted.

Elfed Cooley image taken from the videos the Extremskins folks made. Read more »

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