It’s well-known that NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a huge Washington Redskins fan.
It all began after watching his first game, which happened to be Super Bowl XVII, when Washington defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-17, and game MVP John Riggins ran 38 times for 166 yards and a touchdown.
Earnhardt was in attendance at Monday night’s primetime matchup against the New York Giants, and was so excited after leaving the game — a 17-16 Redskins’ victory — that he sent ESPN NASCAR reporter Marty Smith an 848-word piece about his love for the team.
You can read the entire thing by clicking here, but here are some of my favorite parts. I think we all can relate to Earnhardt’s passion and excitement for the Redskins:
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has done pretty well himself as a professional driver, but he got his shot at a new career as a football broadcaster in last night’s preseason finale between the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Earnhardt, a huge Redskins fan, was in the ESPN980 radio booth with Larry Michael, the Voice of the Redskins, and color guys Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff, when he was given controls of the play-by-play action.
And, wouldn’t you know it, Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. ran 15 yards into the end zone on that very first play.
Listening to Earnhardt’s reaction is priceless. Here’s the video:
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He’s one of the most famous Redskins fans out there, and he’s getting his first look at his favorite team tonight in their preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 himself, has been hanging around FedExField tonight taking in the football atmosphere as he takes just a little break from his Diet Mountain Dew/United States National Guard/7-Eleven Chevrolet Impala in the NASCAR Spring Cup Series.
Earnhardt, 37, who races for Hendrick Motorsports, was on Redskins Nation prior to the game and talked with host Larry Michael, the Voice of the Redskins, about what he’s looking for from his favorite team this season.
The Redskins Blog snuck in and got some video of that appearance. Here it is:
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Although the NASCAR season is still in its early stages, the driver of the No. 88 car was already looking forward to next season before he took to the Richmond International Speedway last weekend.
The next football season, that is.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a lifelong Redskins fan, and is known to have the team’s scores and stats relayed to him via radio during the caution in a race. He has also been a guest of the team to practice and training camp in the past.
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