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Series History: Cowboys Redskins

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 20, 2013 – 1:32 pm

You know the deal.

If you were clothed in burgundy and gold diapers, you were raised to despise the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas Week always presents a reason to get fired up. Here’s a comprehensive look at the history of the rivalry. Read more »

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Daniels Tears Up Watching Son Play

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 1, 2012 – 10:52 am

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Phillip Daniels spent 15 seasons in the NFL as a defensive lineman, the last seven of which were with the Washington Redskins.

He’s now moved on from his playing career and is in his first season as the Redskins’ director of player development (I’d like to bet that he’s the buffest director of player development in the entire NFL).

Though Daniels’ playing career is over, his son, DaVaris, is trying to pick up where his father left off.

DaVaris Daniels is a sophomore wide receiver at Notre Dame, which is playing its season opener today against Navy in Ireland. DaVaris’s father, meanwhile, hasn’t been holding back his emotions throughout the morning with tweets like this:

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Carriker Officially Out-lifting Phillip Daniels

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 19, 2012 – 3:51 pm

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During the 2010 season, Adam Carriker was united with Phillip Daniels on the line to form one of the strongest defensive end  tandems in the history of the NFL.  They played together for only one season and made only one start together in that span, but changed the standard for ‘player strength’ in Washington.

The question of strongest Redskin was a dangerous question in those days, with two of the team’s more outspoken interviews making the case for themselves.

Even a review of the Youtube tape sheds little light on the subject, with Daniels squatting 722 pounds, and Carriker allegedly benching over 500 pounds, squatting 600 pounds, and clean and jerking 405 pounds.

I don’t know anyone strong enough to determine who wins that contest.

But after spending 2011 in retirement, Daniels, the new director of player development, has apparently left his power lifting days in the past.  According to head strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright, Carriker is now the undisputed strongest man in the building: Read more »

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Daniels ‘Getting His Feet Wet’ On Sidelines

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 2, 2012 – 1:27 pm

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When the lockout ended last July, Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels was prepared to return to Washington for his 16th season in the league.  The 38-year-old strongman ultimately sat out the 2011 season, but not from a lack of desire on his part.

He’s just passionate about football.  And lifting weights.

Throughout a difficult Redskins season, Daniels remained loyal to his teammates and fans, by continually offering his support for the Burgundy and Gold.  Coincidentally, this made him the perfect candidate to step in as the new Redskins Director of Player Development for the 2012 season.

Here’s the nameplate to prove it:

Moving forward, Daniels will have to adjust to life on the sidelines as a liaison between the players and the coaching staff. He chatted with the folks over at ESPN 980 about his new role in the organization, and how it has been tailored to fit him: Read more »

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Phillip Daniels Doing Some Light Lifting

Posted by Brian Tinsman on June 7, 2011 – 3:15 pm

After completely exhausting everything Chris Cooley has said (seemingly for the last month), intern Brian Tinsman now brings an update on defensive lineman Phillip Daniels.

Now entering his 16th season in the NFL, Phillip Daniels keeps his edge by working out harder and heavier than his peers. In the last several offseasons, Daniels has turned heads in powerlifting contests.

Recently, Daniels shared his most-recent workout footage on his Youtube page. Keep in mind, Daniels weighs only 302 pounds.

He’s been doing a few deadlifts:

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Phillip Daniels’ Son Is Officially Irish

Posted by Matt Terl on February 2, 2011 – 9:31 am

Exciting news for Redskins defensive lineman Phillip Daniels and his family on this National Signing Day, as his son DaVaris officially declares for Notre Dame. Daniels has been covering the recuiting process pretty exhaustively via Twitter, and he posted the news there this morning.

As I’ve mentioned before, Daniels is his son’s most avid fan, frequently posting YouTube videos of his highlights in multiple sports. Most recently, it was this thunderous basketball dunk — DaVaris is the one wearing 21, in honor of late Redskins safety Sean Taylor (and, even more notably, he’s the one who throws down the dunk).

Congratulations to DaVaris, Phil, and the entire Daniels family. Read more »

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A Look Back At Casey Rabach's Signature Sandwich (And One That Wasn't)

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2010 – 11:41 am

Two days ago, in a post about the signature sandwich Phillip Daniels debuted at Harris Teeter, I mentioned in passing that Casey Rabach and Andre Carter had also had signature sandwiches this year. I was at Carter’s sandwich debut, although I don’t seem to have written about it. I remember two things about Carter’s sandwich: it was perfectly tasty, and — in keeping with Carter’s west coast roots — it had a California theme.

Which made me very curious about Rabach’s sandwich. Rabach is from Wisconsin, and tends to enjoy Wisconsinite things like cheese, bratwurst, and other kinds of cheese. When he found himself in a burger contest last year, Rabach developed a burger topped with bacon, mushrooms, special sauce … and beer-battered deep-fried cheddar cheese. So it seemed possible that he’d gotten Harris Teeter to sell something equally Wisconsonian, and therefore entertaining.

He didn’t, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Read more »

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Phillip Daniels Debuts His Sandwich: The Demolition

Posted by Matt Terl on December 14, 2010 – 5:10 pm

Phillip Daniels isn’t the first Redskins player to have a signature sandwich at Harris TeeterAndre Carter and Casey Rabach have both also been featured this year alone — but it’s possible that Daniels has put the most thought into the development of his deli-based creation.

“My sandwich has ham, turkey, bacon, avocado slices, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, mayo, olive oil and vinegar, and it’s on a wheat sub roll,” Daniels says, and these aren’t just ingredients that were foisted onto him by some faceless PR guy at Harris Teeter. “I thought about it, came up with all the ingredients. It’s just stuff I like on my sandwiches, stuff I eat. Turned out great, man. They brought a couple of platters over to the facility and everybody was eating it, they were gone.”

But it wasn’t just a dashed-off list of Stuff That Phillip Daniels Likes put onto a roll. There’s BALANCE here. A plan in place. “I tried to put a little bit of bad fat on there with the bacon and healthy fat with the avocado, so hopefully get the best of both worlds right there,” Daniels said, sitting at a table in a Virginia Harris Teeter. “I was in and out with the bacon. I was like, ‘Should I put bacon or should not?’ But then I was like, ‘Well, what’s a sandwich without bacon?’ They can take it off themselves if they don’t like it.” Read more »

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Redskins Explain How To Discuss Your Teammate's Ongoing Drama

Posted by Matt Terl on December 10, 2010 – 2:50 pm

One of the interesting subplots of the Albert Haynesworth saga was watching how different players addressed the topic with the media.

The players are put into an awkward position when it comes to something like this: if they don’t talk, the media gets annoyed with them. If they talk but offer nothing but platitudes, everyone rolls their eyes and keeps asking the same questions until they say something interesting. And when they say something interesting, they risk angering their teammates, their coaches, and even the fans. And that’s just when they’re quoted accurately.

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Area High Schoolers Learn From Redskins Players

Posted by Matt Terl on December 1, 2010 – 9:39 am

More than five hundred high school football players from five area counties gathered at FedExField on Tuesday to learn a few things from current Redskins players. But the lessons weren’t about running precise routes or executing a perfect bull rush; instead, Anthony Armstrong, Phillip Daniels, Santana Moss, and Darrel Young — along with moderator and host Rick “Doc” Walker — were taking the time to explain how important everything else in life can be.

The Redskins Charitable Foundation’s annual 4th & Life Forum (sponsored by Coca-Cola) lets the professional athletes explain exactly what went into their successes — and, often more interestingly, failures — as they made the long, sometimes-random journey to the pros from high school teams just like the ones the audience members are part of.

“I wanna be real frank with you,” Walker told the students, “because I want you to have the opportunity to get here. It’s one in a million. This is not accidental, and you’re gonna hear some stories that drive these points home.”

Here are just three of the stories that were told yesterday. Read more »

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