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Redskins Work In A Pizza Place For Christmas

Posted by Matt Terl on December 25, 2009 – 3:46 pm

Waleed Zarou, owner of The Don’s Wood-Fired PIzza in Sterling, Va., had one major concern with letting Redskins players act as servers during his second annual Christmas Eve free pizza dinner: “They take too much space,” he said. “You see how tight it is. I was nervous with them being in the kitchen how the other guys were gonna move. It’s a tight space, [and] you got a 700, 800 degree oven going, man.”

The dinner — supposedly two hours of free pizzas for all, although Zarou was still handing them out when I left half an hour past the scheduled end time –is partially about fellowship, a place for people who don’t have anyone else to come on Christmas Eve, and partially about charity, raising money for a mission in Africa. This is the first year that the players have participated — “I thought these guys would help me to grow it,” Zarou said — and Kedric Golston, Derrick Dockery, Lorenzo Alexander, and Renaldo Wynn seemed to really be enjoying themselves.

“We’re very blessed people,” Golston said. “To be in the NFL — regardless of the record — we’re very blessed, and to be able to give back and help … I mean, you never know.”

Golston is friends with Zarou through his father-in-law, and was acting as the de facto manager of the restaurant-working Redskins. “It was hard to get Derrick from the pizza,” Golston said, explaining how the group divided their labors. “I didn’t wanna fight that battle, so I just left him there. And Lorenzo’s more of a calmer dude, so he just said he’ll get the drinks. Renaldo was actually the last guy to show up, so we was actually already operating when he came, and so he was kinda like the guy in the restaurant that went around talked to everyone.”

Watching Golston and Dockery handing out pizza like old pros — asking a firm “Cheese or pepperoni?” like they’d been doing it forever — was entertaining, but not as entertaining as watching them eat seeming one slice for every one they handed out.
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Wednesday, December 2: Redskins Discuss Easy Bake Ovens

Posted by Matt Terl on December 2, 2009 – 10:52 am

One last bit from yesterday’s “Holiday Wishes Come True” event, hosted by Renaldo Wynn and his wife LaTanya (along with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, the Family of Faith foundation, and Target).

Even though the event was about giving tangible gifts to kids as we get into the meat of the holiday season, Wynn made absolutely certain to remind everyone what the real purpose of the event — and the holidays — is. “Whenever we’re given the opportunity,” he said, “that’s our goal as human beings: to serve others. And it’s just a great feelin’ when you come and you give yourself to someone else, I think that’s the greatest gift you can have.”

And he’s probably right about that. Still, though, the kids seemed really enthusiastic about the material gifts they were getting, too. Read more »

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Redskins Kill Time By Doodling

Posted by Matt Terl on December 1, 2009 – 4:55 pm

Renaldo Wynn
‘s “Holiday Wishes Come True” event was a big success today. Wynn, along with his wife LaTanya and a huge number of his teammates, escorted local children in need through Target, providing each kid with a hundred dollars to use toward whatever they wanted for the holiday season.

Byron Westbrook was one of the players who helped out with — and enjoyed — the event. “This was a great event today,” he said, “being able to help these kids who can’t get some of these gifts all the time get some of what they did want for Christmas. And it helps the parents out as well, gets something to make their kids happy. The kids had big smiles on their face the whole day.”

Westbrook and a few of his teammates, though, did run into some downtime before the event got started, and they amused themselves by tracing their hands on the disposable tablecloth in front of them and autographing the handprint. Read more »

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Sparkly Jerseys In Photographic Form

Posted by Matt Terl on December 1, 2009 – 2:30 pm

At the breast cancer awareness a few months ago, when the wives of the Redskins players were wearing the pink-numbered jerseys, head coach Jim Zorn’s wife Joy got to talking about wives wearing jerseys that had been “sparkled up,” in her words.

Phillip Daniels’ wife Leslie “has the best one that I have seen,” she told me. “Hers is something else. You have to go see her on game day; hers is very sparkly.”

Daniels wasn’t wearing her sparkly jersey that day, but I did ask her about it.

“I only wear them to certain games,” she explained, “but this year I got one that’s really, like, pimped up. I thought I’d try something different. Well, it’s bedazzled. Not actually bedazzled, but it’s got Washington crystals with the numbers all filled in, and on the sleeves. And it says Mrs. Daniels on the back, and ‘I Love’ over the 93.”

Daniels has her jerseys designed by the wife of the quarterbacks coach from Phillip’s days in Chicago. “We’re still close friends and she designs clothes,” Daniels explained, “and she hooked me up. She did one for Clinton Portis’ mom, and one for Renaldo Wynn’s wife, and all three of the them had them on last week at the game. But mine was more pimped out than theirs.”

Today, Renaldo Wynn and his wife LaTanya hosted an excellent charitable event at Target in Sterling, Virginia (more on that a little later), and I finally had the opportunity to compare and contrast his the two wives’ jerseys.

Here’s LaTanya Wynn:

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Redskins Chat With Troops

Posted by Matt Terl on November 12, 2009 – 9:47 am

One last Veterans Day link, because I didn’t see it on Veterans Day: Phillip Daniels, Chris Cooley, Fred Smoot, Rock Cartwright, and Renaldo Wynn do a webchat with U.S. Troops stationed in Iraq.

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The Pakulak Attack Is Back

Posted by Matt Terl on October 17, 2009 – 2:29 pm

Apparently chatting amiably with the media and bearing a passing resemblance to a character from Braveheart didn’t miraculously accelerate the healing process for Hunter Smith, because the team today re-signed Glenn Pakulak from the practice squad to the active roster and again released defensive end Renaldo Wynn.

It’s the same move the team made last week, and Pakulak responded with a 35.6 yard average on five punts. (Wynn responded by not being on the team, obviously, and by re-signing earlier this week.)

Assuming Smith’s assessment of his injury — “a three week injury,” he called it — is correct, this would be the last game as a Redskin for Pakulak.

In other news today, offensive lineman Chad Rinehart has been added to the injury report with a sore shoulder. Also, for everyone who has been clamoring for the whereabouts of Marko Mitchell, Jason Reid of the Washington Post posed the question on Friday. Read more »

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Saturday, October 10: Renaldo Wynn Released For Punter

Posted by Matt Terl on October 10, 2009 – 4:01 pm

Well, that answers that question. Since head coach Jim Zorn mentioned yesterday that Hunter Smith would be inactive Sunday and Glenn Pakulak would handle the punting and holding duties, there’s been a bunch of speculation as to who would be released from the active roster to clear room for the replacement punter.

Now we know: it’s veteran defensive lineman Renaldo Wynn. It’s a logical choice; Wynn has been inactive for all four games thus far, and — given his age — seems unlikely to be snapped up to another team. Which means he’d probably still be available if the team hopes to re-sign him once Smith is healthy again.

But all that is in the future; for now, it’s pretty simple: Pakulak is in and Wynn is out. Read more »

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Monday, June 29: The Circle Of Broadcasting Life

Posted by Matt Terl on June 29, 2009 – 8:42 am

Renaldo Wynn
was at the broadcasting bootcamp last week, the NFL’s three-day seminar designed to prepare current players for a second career in the announcing booth. As I mentioned on Wednesday, SI.com‘s Ross Tucker caught up with Wynn — among others — to get some thoughts about current announcers.

Wynn was impressively frank. After hammering Tiki Barber as his least-favorite current announcer, here’s how he responded to the question of what qualities he “really dislike[s] in an on-air personality:”

Wynn: “The least-liked broadcasters are former players who get in the booth and they start bashing other players immediately. They start bashing other players and forget they used to be a player. You can be critical if you need to be without personally bashing people. I think you lose your credibility.”

So you have to wonder what, exactly, Wynn would make of this morning’s news from an ex-player who recently became an ex-broadcaster. Read more »

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Around The Web, Cooley Is The Funniest And Wynn Gives Broadcasting Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on June 24, 2009 – 2:27 pm


A surprisingly lively day for Redskins mentions around the web.

The various NFL blogs on ESPN are celebrating all-decade week, and today Matt Mosley’s NFC Beast blog takes a look at All-Decade Moments. (Which, let’s be honest, is kind of a vague sub-category. But still!)

The bad news for the Skins is that we don’t show up in Play of the Decade, Most Feared Player of the Decade, Best Commercial of the Decade, or any of the other indisputably positive awards.

The good news comes in two parts: first, we avoided Scandal of the Decade, which is good. And second, the team essentially took home the Matt Mosley equivalent of “Most Entertaining” in this round of NFL Superlatives:

Funniest player: The NFL doesn’t really have an answer to Charles Barkley, although Clinton Portis had a nice run a few years ago when he came up with several alter egos. Let’s give it to one of Portis’ teammates, tight end Chris Cooley. Occasionally he crosses the line (accidentally publishing a picture of his manhood on The Cooley Zone blog), but he’s consistently funny. Still love that he walked out to midfield a couple of years ago and introduced himself to the opposing captains as “Captain Chaos.” There’s not enough of that type stuff going around.

Would it be nicer to have Play of the Decade? Yes, it probably would. But this was nice recognition of a very good locker room nonetheless. Read more »

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Antwaan Randle El Talks Fitness

Posted by Matt Terl on April 30, 2009 – 3:46 pm

Once their photos and physicals were done, Antwaan Randle El and Renaldo Wynn headed out of Redskins Park to a Boys & Girls Club in Southeast D.C., where they’re going to unveil a Redskins Youth Fitness Zone and lead a group of preteens and teenagers in exercises to combat youth obesity.

I talked to Randle El about it briefly before they departed. Read more »

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