One of the enduring features of the Washington Redskins, is that many of the players stay in the area during the offseason and continue to live amongst the fans. This is especially important for injured players, who benefit from being close to the trainers and team doctors at the team facilities.
They can also enjoy some of the finer things that the great Washington metropolitan area have to offer with their time off.
Take for example rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson, the team’s third round pick in last April’s draft, taken No. 79 overall. The team has high hopes for the Godzilla-handed young man, and rightly so after his breakout eight-reception, 106-yard performance in Miami.
His season was tragically ended following that eighth reception, when he tore his hip labrum, landing him on injured reserve. But following a procedure to fix the hip, Hankerson has been a familiar face at the facilities, and looks to make a full recovery:
I'm feeling good after rehab and that good Ol workout 2day—
Leonard Hankerson (@HankTime85) January 10, 2012
In his down time, Hankerson has been amusing himself with Washington Wizards NBA basketball, embracing the team of his new city:
As anyone who follows the Wizards knows, this season has been difficult for fans, but Hankerson continues to be supportive. Last night, excited for a matchup against the Toronto Raptors, Hankerson took his dining experience to Velocity Five Sports Restaurant in Landsdowne, Va.:
It was there that Hankerson encountered a local Redskins fan that did not recognize his team’s top receiver prospect out of uniform: Read more »
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Last night’s ACC matchup between the Maryland Terrapins (Terps) and Miami Hurricanes (Canes) had the locker room buzzing at Redskins Park, and players fired up on Twitter.
Before the game, former Terps cornerback Kevin Barnes gave a preview before he headed to College Park to watch the game.
“It’s No. 1 Terps all the way, I wouldn’t go against them any day,” he said with a confident smile. “We’ve got a few players out also, but I think we’re gonna pull ahead.”
Altogether in the locker room, there were six alums with a vested interest, two Terps and four Canes. In light of the NCAA allegations and suspensions on Miami, there weren’t many players willing to lay down a friendly wager, but Barnes guaranteed, “If it gets ugly, I’m pretty sure there will be some trash talking.”
The Terps ended up fending off a late charge by Miami, securing a respectable 32-24 victory. But the bigger story in the game was the new Under Armour uniforms unveiled by Maryland:
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