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Four Redskins And Their Favorite Christmas Gifts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 24, 2010 – 10:30 am

The Toys For Tots/Redskins Santa Shoppe at FedExField on Tuesday was mainly about the, you know, IMPORTANT parts of the holiday season. It was about giving back, about charity, about a little girl who wanted to help people. But, as that girl’s mom noted, “it’s very humbling to realize that your child — your 8-year-old child — wants to put other kids before herself on Christmas. Normally, Christmas is all about me-me-me-me.”

I wrote about the humbling charitable parts the other day, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t ask a few of the players there about the me-me-me-me part as well. Here, then, are four Redskins players talking about their favorite childhood Christmas gifts.

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Ma'ake Kemoeatu Wins Redskins Ed Block Courage Award

Posted by Matt Terl on December 2, 2010 – 12:02 pm

Redskins nose tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu was named the recipient of the team’s 2010 Ed Block Courage Award. A player on each NFL is given this award, which rewards extraordinary courage in the face of adversity. Kemoeatu has rehabilitated a torn Achilles tendon prior to the 2009 season, and didn’t return to practice until this past offseason.

“I missed a whole year of football,” Kemoeatu said. “I tore my Achilles in training camp 2009, had to get it repaired, had surgery, and after the surgery the skin got infected so I had to have another surgery to get a skin graft. And when I first got here, Larry Hess and the trainers got on me quick, and from April all the way ’til training camp we’ve been working on it and rehabbing and making a comeback. It wasn’t normal until probably, maybe the end of preseason I started feeling like I could walk normal again.”

It was an injury that Keamoeatu briefly thought could end his football career. “It did cross my mind,” Kemoeatu said. “I was like, ‘Football could be over for me.’ And being that it was eight years, it could be over. Football’s not forever; it could be over any time.”

Keamoatu was grateful to his teammates for the honor. “That just shows me that they have my back through thick and thin,” he said.

And then, when Kemoeatu was done speaking to the media, Mike Sellers demonstrated for the cameras once again just how big Kemoeatu’s helmet is, this time even using Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez as a prop:
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Ma'ake Kemoeatu On Watching His Brother

Posted by Matt Terl on November 10, 2010 – 3:59 pm

Redskins nose tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu has a younger brother named Chris, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. (He was, in fact, one of the Steelers who wore Russ Grimm Redskins jerseys when Grimm was inducted into the Hall of Fame.) Since both brothers play in the NFL, it’s not every workday that they get to see one another play, but this two-week stretch seemed to break down pretty well for them: Chris was playing on Monday night first, then Ma’ake the following Monday. Two chances to watch each other play sounds pretty good.

But in the second quarter of a game that saw an inordinate number of Steelers injured, Chris Kemoeatu was on that list, a second quarter leg injury that has turned out to be a sprained knee.

Today, Ma’ake Kemoeatu talked a bit about what it was like watching that happen to his kid brother. Read more »

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Another Post Kedric Golston Did Not Approve Of

Posted by Matt Terl on May 25, 2010 – 3:23 pm

Today’s picture of a rookie carrying helmets wasn’t the first thing I’ve done this year that Kedric Golston didn’t approve of. Back when I posted about Mike Sellers trying on Ma’ake Kemoeatu‘s helmet, Golston took issue with that as well.

“You don’t even know the guy,” he told me. “You can’t just write stuff like that without having met someone.” This came after a number of people in the building had mentioned that Kemoeatu had been asking about who wrote the blog.

So I went to Kemo and owned up. I apologized, explained that I have an enormous skull, that my kid has a head that measures in the 95th percentile, that I didn’t mean any offense, so on and so forth for what felt like an hour. Eventually, he stopped being able to keep a straight face, told me it was fine, and that was that.

Still, Golston was still insisting that I had been out of line, even interrupting group media sessions to mention the topic. I, of course, felt guilty about all of this, until Casey Rabach pulled me aside and told me a story about Kemoeatu’s rookie year, when both had been in Baltimore. Read more »

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Some Interesting Headwear At Mini-Camp

Posted by Matt Terl on May 8, 2010 – 3:53 pm

There were some slightly unusual choices of headwear at Redskins mini-camp today (although you may have gathered that from the title of this post).

I guess Brian Orakpo wearing the cut-off sleeve on his head doesn’t count anymore — he’s been doing that as long as he’s been here, and actually back to college — but I’m including it anyhow, and there were others as well. Look: Read more »

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Ma'ake Keomeatu Has An Enormous Skull

Posted by Matt Terl on April 15, 2010 – 4:22 pm

New Redskins nose tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu has a big noggin. That’s the summary here. The difficulty has been in coming up with ways to demonstrate this fact. For example, the guys in the equipment room say that he wears far and away the biggest helmet they’ve ever seen in all their combined years in the NFL — but whenever I tried to get a picture of it, it just looked like a helmet that was slightly bigger than the already-large helmet next to it.

Enter Mike Sellers.

Sellers — who has a fairly substantial cranium himself — came out of the locker room today brandishing Kemoeatu’s helmet.

Then Sellers put the helmet on, found that it totally swallowed his head, and that he could swivel it almost a full 360 degrees without removing it. Read more »

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