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Carriker: Part Time Player, Full-Time Dad

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 16, 2011 – 1:53 pm

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Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker is widely considered to be one of the strongest men on the team.  His role on the defensive line is to be the grizzly bear that ties up two blockers so the linebackers can make plays, or the rhino that bursts through the line and takes down the quarterback.

But when he’s off the clock at Redskins Park, Carriker rushes home to spend time with his wife and his two kids under the age of 3.  And that’s when Carriker goes from a force of nature, to a full-time nurturer.

“My New Year’s resolution is to spend more time with my kids,” he said.  “I have a 2-year-old (Addison) and an 8-month-old (Jacob), and I mean, they’re only little once.  I gotta spend as much time with them as possible while they’re little, before they get that attitude in their teenage years.

“Those are the years I probably won’t wanna spend with them,” he joked.

Carriker makes it home from work everyday around 5 p.m. and has a couple hours to play with them before they go to bed.  But sometimes during the season, Carriker has to field a phone call or interview from home, and that’s when the juggling act begins. Read more »

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Carriker On Fans, Bands, and Weird Smells

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 1, 2011 – 3:41 pm

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A recent post by Dr. Aaron of “Joe Sports Fan” blog captured our attention, because it discusses almost everything you’d ever want to know about Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker.

Carriker is having a beastly start to 2011, already accumulating more sacks (4.5) than he had in his career combined (3.5).  He is also on track to break his season-high in tackles, with 18 through the first seven games.

It’s nice to see Carriker finally finding his groove, and it couldn’t be better for the Redskins.  After starting his career in St. Louis, he’s making a name for himself in Washington.

But how does he feel about the fans in Washington?  Dr. Aaron asks the tough questions:

JSF: What’s the biggest difference between playing for the Rams and the Redskins?

Carriker: The fans here. You go to the stadium and it’s sold out. It’s like a college atmosphere. We have our own band. I don’t know if any other team even has that.

There is only one other team with a band, and that would be our AFC neighbors, the Baltimore Ravens.  But they don’t have a fight song, so who cares? Read more »

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Atogwe Turns The Tables On The Media

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 21, 2011 – 12:48 pm

[Editor’s Note: The audio picks up about 34 seconds in…give or take a second].

Redskins Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe enjoys reading his opponents eyes and making adjustments.  When he catches them off guard, he wins.

This was his approach to the media yesterday, as he was asked to be interviewed after practice. Rather than taking his customary spot in front of the camera, he relieved the CSN Washington crew of their cameras, and panned the crowd of assembled media.

“Let’s see how you like having the cameras pointed at you,” Atogwe said, as CSN’s Kelly Johnson attempted to avoid being on camera.  “Everybody gets shy all of a sudden.”

Here are some of the more amusing screen shots from the CSN Washington footage of the interview: Read more »

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Local Student Interviews Dan Snyder

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 21, 2011 – 10:42 am

Writing someone a letter may seem outdated in today’s ever-growing world of technology, but there’s something special about the effort that it takes.

Take Sullivan Carr for example, a fifth grade student at Frances Hazel Reid Elementary in Leesburg, Va.  “Sully” needed to write a report for class, based on the personal and professional life of someone he didn’t know.

Why not ask the owner of his favorite sports team?

One simple letter later, and Sully was interviewing Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder on the set of “Redskins Nation.”

Before Mr. Snyder appeared, “Redskins Nation” host, Larry Michael, asked Sully what he thought of the recent quarterback switch to John Beck.  Sully responded, “I think it’s a good idea, it is not horrible.  I think he can do great in his first game.”

Not horrible, and he’ll do great on Sunday.  I like it.

[Editor’s Note: Much respect to Sully for sporting a No. 72 Dexter Manley jersey, given that he wasn’t alive during Manley’s playing career.  This young man knows his Burgundy and Gold football.]

The real fun began when Mr. Snyder appeared on the set to be interviewed.  This was no LeBron James-Jim Gray softball interview; there were some creative, and challenging questions.

One Redskins-related question was Mr. Snyder’s favorite football player.  He noted that he didn’t really have “favorites,” loving all of the Redskins alumni.  He did note, however, that he was close friends with Sonny Jurgensen, so Sonny was a step above the rest.

He also noted that he had a deep respect for cornerback Pat Fischer.  “I love Pat Fischer because he was my size and packed a wallop,” Snyder said.  “He was a great, great player.”

In his personal life, Mr. Snyder confessed to being “terrible” at video games, that he wouldn’t mind being featured on “Undercover Boss,” and he’d like to meet President Obama and “Late Show” host David Letterman.

When the interview concluded, Mr. Snyder presented Sully with a Redskins football signed by Snyder, Beck, general manager Bruce Allen, and head coach Mike Shanahan.

That should be enough to get him an ‘A’ on that report.

Check out the interview, in its entirety, below: Read more »

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Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Talks To Sully

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 19, 2011 – 4:38 pm

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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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Talking to Bubba Tyer

Posted by Matt Terl on January 16, 2009 – 4:24 pm

With director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer announcing his retirement today, I took a few minutes to talk to him about a mind-boggling 37 years with the Redskins organization.

So, you’re retiring?

“I’ve had a fabulous career, starting in 1971 with George Allen as the assistant trainer, and it has been wonderful. It has been such a big part of my life for the last 38 years. My family has been very proud of the fact that I have been with the Redskins.”

Any parties planned or anything like that?

“You know, I retired about five years ago and I had a bunch of parties. My doctors threw parties, my friends threw parties, Dan Snyder put me in a suite and I had a grand day and had my name put in the Ring of Fame. So on this retirement, I would kind of like to go out a little quietly. My assistants said, ‘Oh, we’re going to throw a party.’

“I said, ‘Nope, the parties are over.’ I’m just gonna head out. They’ll say, ‘where’s Bubba?’ and you say he’s down the road somewhere. And that is what I am going to do. I’m going to go to Texas and help my sister take care of my mother.”

Do you have one sort of quote or thought to sum it all up?

“I don’t know about a quote or what I can say other than that. It was just fantastic. There’s a lot of things that I am proud of. The fact that I was here so long. The fact that the Cookes and the Snyders were so good to me. The fact that Joe Gibbs thought to bring me back. When I retired five years ago, I thought I had had enough. And then when Joe called to come back, I was anxious to get back and work.

“To stay through Coach Zorn’s first year, to be a part of that it has been special, but it is time for me to leave.

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