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Young Salutes Departed Veteran Sellers

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 5, 2012 – 2:00 pm

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In the extensive discussions of player productivity that fans and media have, sometimes it’s easy to lose the human element that makes players real.

Football fans don’t need to be reminded that some of the greatest talents to ever take the field were some of the worst human beings off of it.  Redskins fans remember that some of the favorite sons in Washington were those that gave back to their teammates and community as much as they produced on the field.

Players choose how they want to be remembered, both for better and worse.  Take, for example, former fullback Mike Sellers.  Sellers was an undrafted free agent from a small school (Walla Walla CC), who needed a second chance and second stint with the team in order to make an impact.

He played in Washington for a total of 11 seasons, made a Pro Bowl, and blocked for dozens of 100-yard games.  But his lasting legacy was his unselfish willingness to train and mold his eventual replacement, breakout player Darrel Young.

In his most recent blog entry, Young discussed the two-year impact that Sellers had on his career, and thanked him for being a mentor that he needed, but didn’t have to be. Read more »

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Darrel Young’s Blog: We Will Get Better

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 25, 2011 – 3:11 pm

Redskins fullback Darrel Young has been a real success story over the last two years, making the transition from a FCS linebacker to above-average NFL fullback.

His emergence on the field has led to his emergence in the locker room, and the inevitable emergence in the media.  Following Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, he took to Twitter to promote his personal blog on his personal Web site, to talk directly to the fans:


And what he had to say was pretty profound.  It started with a look back at the disappointment of last Sunday’s game:

These past few weeks have been very frustrating. We have been so close but haven’t been able to finish. We have the talent among the players, knowledge among the coaches, and the system has worked under coach Shanahan.

Losing a division game to the Cowboys was more than just a loss. The meaning and feeling behind that game is far more than just a football game. It is one of the oldest rivalries and most historical rivalries in the game of football.

This touches on an important feeling in the locker room over the last few weeks: focus vs. frustration.  No one has been angrier at the fate of this team than the players.  No amount of fan ire or media criticism can make that feeling worse.

But rather than watching a locker room splinter into offense vs. defense or petty warring factions, this team has turned inward and leaned on each another.  Together, they’ve worked to tune out criticisms and fill in for injuries, trying to recapture the success they experienced early in the season.

Could last week’s near-miss serve as the spark this team needs? Read more »

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Darrel Young Is A Truck

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 30, 2011 – 10:00 am

Fullback is a position that hasn’t been a concern for Redskins fans since Mike Sellers returned to town in 2004.  The team still has depth behind him in Darrel Young, a one-time linebacker that has made the switch to the offensive side of the ball.

Some things Young does very well.  When he runs, it looks like a runaway train, and I feel sorry for any safeties and cornerbacks that he blocks.  His hands still need time to develop though, which was noted during a running back screen-pass drill: Read more »

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