“I’m ready I guess.”
Jay Gruden was self-deprecating already.
The previous offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals stood in Daniel Snyder’s corner office at Redskins Park and answered the owner’s question. Three flat-screen televisions flashed football highlights.
Joey and Jack Gruden, the next line of a football family, shook hands with Snyder. J.J. Gruden was away at college. The boys wore ties to match their father, who chose a navy pinstriped suit, oxblood shoes and a white oxford shirt. His burgundy tie was adorned with white dots.
Three hours earlier he wore a gray Redskins sweatshirt and jeans to his first lunch at the facility’s dining hall, where they served chowder. When he was finished eating, Gruden walked out and stopped in an adjacent hallway. He paused to read the ‘60s section of a historic photo mural, eyeing pictures of Sam Huff and Bobby Mitchell.
“One word: Lombardi,” was written in plus-size print.
Gruden would soon be introduced as the 29th head coach of the Washington Redskins.
Back in Snyder’s office, he joked with Jack about his grades. He made small talk with his new boss while Sherry Gruden and Tanya Snyder exchanged pleasantries.
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As new Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden and Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen demonstrated Thursday night, it’s never a bad move to begin with a thank you.
Some of the classiest moves in a classy day for Gruden were the thank yous he delivered to his blood relations, football family and the center circle of that venn diagram.
Gruden began his statement with a shout out to wife Sherry, sons Joey, Jack and J.J. and mom Kathy, “the toughest Gruden of them all.” He thanked his dad Jim, whom he called a “football coach, a football man, a football person,” and, his brother Jim, who “taught me there’s things other than football that are important.”
The new coach thanked his older brother Jon, who gave him his first NFL job with the 2002 Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. Read more »
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Bruce Allen didn’t mind answering the phone in the middle of the night.
The Redskins Executive Vice President/General Manager said he received calls at “all hours of the evening” from coaches looking to praise the man sitting to his right inside the auditorium at Redskins Park.
Jay Gruden’s references were impeccable.
Allen introduced Gruden as the 29th head coach of the Washington Redskins in a Thursday night press conference. The executive detailed the franchise’s exhaustive search for it’s new leader and the qualities required of the man who would direct the football team.
The team’s new teacher accepted a round of applause before thanking his family. Gruden thanked Marvin Lewis, Mike Brown and all the Cincinnati Bengals, then showed his appreciation for Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and Allen.
For about 45 minutes, he fielded questions about reviewing the assets he has in Washington, his impressions of quarterback Robert Griffin III and if he favors a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense. Gruden talked about his history with Allen, picking a coaching staff and much more.
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Last May, Yasmine Arrington, a senior at Benjamin Banneker High School, was in the middle of one of the last math tests that she would take in high school, when she was paged to the office. Certain that she had heard the announcement wrong, and focused on the test, she tried to concentrate on the problem on the paper.
Then she was paged again. And again. So she stood up and walked down to the office.
When she arrived, she was greeted by an office official, who told her: “You’re in big trouble, Missy.”
“I was so scared,” she remembered, with a laugh. ”I just wanted to graduate on time.”
She continued into the office to the Guidance Suite, where the counselors were all gathered around a desk. Her principal handed her the phone, and on the other end of the line was Redskins owner, Daniel M. Snyder.
That “trouble” that she was told she was in was Snyder congratulating her for being the recipient of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s $25,000 scholarship. Read more »
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One week from Saturday, on Dec. 10, the Redskins will welcome one of the oldest and most storied sports rivalries to Washington. For the first time in it’s 112-game history, the annual Army-Navy game will be played in the Nation’s Capital, at FedExField.
At today’s Army-Navy Press Luncheon, Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder spoke about the privilege of hosting an event with such prestige and tradition.
“It’s humbling,” Mr. Snyder said. ”This is a really humbling experience. To host this game here, with the backdrop of the Pentagon and the Nation’s Capital, for the first time ever, it means so much for us.
“We’re so appreciative to the Naval Academy and West Point to honor us, and to let us honor you by having this great game here.”
Navy Athletic Directior Chet Gladchuk discussed the significance of the game at FedExField, and discussed how impressed he was with the preparation by the Redskins and the Washington community as a whole. Read more »
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Following another wild Wednesday at Redskins Park, team owner Daniel Snyder accepted an unusual interview request with up-and-coming journalist, Sullivan Carr.
“Sully” happens to be 5th-grader from Leesburg, Va., wearing a No. 72 Dexter Manley jersey.
Carr was here to write a report on a person in his life and what they do for a living. Why not choose the owner of his favorite sports team?
Let’s just say that there were no softball questions from the young journalist, and there were some very interesting answers from Mr. Snyder.
The interview will air on Redskins Nation tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., and will be featured in a blog entry as well. Check in for the “Adventures of Sully at Redskins Park” tomorrow!
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Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and his wife Tanya, along with hundreds of Zeta Tau Alpha members, helped to distribute thousands of THINK-PINK! ribbon pins to fans coming into the stadium today:
The ribbons are being distributed in conjunction with the team’s health and wellness partners GlaxoSmithKline and CareFirst. The GW Mammovan, in partnership with The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, will also be on-site through the first quarter to provide educational materials and tours for interested fans.
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Earlier today, NRG and the Redskins unveiled the brand new green energy initiatives and solar panels at FedExField.
Because we live in a fast-paced news world, you can now watch the entire NRG solar panel construction in 1 minute, 36 seconds:
Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder, also shared some facts with the media during his press conference:
- This is a 10-year deal with NRG, and through the solar panels and the NRG power sources, will provide 100 percent of the energy for FedExField.
- The panels create enough electricity to fuel 300 homes. By using them as a source of energy, the stadium is effectively giving back 300 homes worth of energy to the grid.
- There will be charging stations at the stadium (and many more are being planned) so that drivers of electric cars can charge their vehicles during the game.
Watch the full media session with Dan Snyder:
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As we learned yesterday, there are two new walls in Redskins Nation, each commemorating the rich history of the team.
One thing that’s really cool about this wall is that I had the opportunity to help get it off the ground, when it was still in the concept stage, in March of this year.
I had just come aboard with the team, and this was literally the very first assignment that they asked me to do. My responsibility was to lend a hand with the research and photos, helping to build the skeleton that would later come to life.
Redskins.com’s Gary Fitzgerald put in a lot of the legwork to flesh out the project, producing most of the copy as well as assembling the photos necessary to create a timeline. Many hands helped to mold the final product, from team owner Daniel Snyder to general manager Bruce Allen, with help from team executives Larry Michael and Mitch Gershman.
HZDG is the company responsible for creating the final product and it really does look magnificent. It’s pretty cool to see something that started as a Word document on a 14-inch monitor end up as a 65-foot mural, commemorating a franchise that stretches over eight decades.
But I digress.
Yesterday, we looked at the franchise in its infancy, in the 1930s, and today we’ll look at the 1940s panel.
No man captured the essence of the Redskins in the 1940s more than team quarterback, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh. Baugh could do it all, and was a hero in all facets of the game. He finished his career with 13 NFL records as a quarterback, punter, and defensive back.
His indelible mark on the team and this city, is properly represented in the 1940s panel:
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While the Redskins were very much focused on the upcoming 2011 season at today’s “Welcome Home Luncheon,” there was time to reflect on last season’s accomplishments.
Former Redskins great Gary Clark introduced last year’s offensive player of the year, wide receiver Santana Moss. He said that his daughter describes Moss as “Sexy Cool,” and recalled that people had once compared Moss to him, “except better-looking and a step faster.”
Here was the Moss tribute video:
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