Rocky McIntosh Loves Football

Posted by Matt Terl on October 30, 2009 – 9:59 am

I sometimes think that — despite the paintball and the roller coasters and all that — it doesn’t quite come across just what an interesting character linebacker Rocky McIntosh can be.

Fortunately, the magic of internet videos will help alleviate that concern. Here’s the new welcome video for Rocky’s website, in which he attempts to convey how much he loves football. And goofy dancing and Scrabble, but mainly football. Read more »

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Bring A Children's Book To Sunday's Game; Redskins Recommend Green Eggs And Ham. Again.

Posted by Matt Terl on October 17, 2009 – 12:29 pm

At this Sunday’s home game against the Kansas City Chiefs, there will be Redskins Read collection bins set up at every gate into FedExField. If you’re coming to the game, please consider bringing a new children’s book to donate; all books received will be redistributed to needy children throughout the DMV.

Last year at about this time, I went around the locker room asking players about their favorite children’s books. In the process, I learned that Fred Smoot was the only guy on the planet who had fond memories of a book called Sun Up, and virtually everyone else like Green Eggs and Ham.

This year, instead of thinking of something new, I figured I’d ask the same question to some of the guys I had missed last season.

Pretty much nothing had changed.

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DeAngelo Hall's Mom Writes A Book

Posted by Matt Terl on September 23, 2009 – 1:30 pm

The event last night at Maté in Georgetown was marketed as a launch party for DeAngelo Hall‘s website. And, to an extent, it certainly had all the trappings: other players in attendance, a charity auction, computers set up displaying the site (which Hall is hugely proud of), screen showing DHall highlights and snapshots, the whole fooferaw.

But secretly, to Hall himself, the website launch was pretty much secondary.

“This is about my mom’s book,” Hall told me. “It was a no-brainer for me. At first I had gone back and forth for even doing this event because I didn’t feel like I needed to do it to launch the website again. I feel like we had a good enough buzz coming off of training camp but when I had the chance to partner with my mom, that really made it a no-brainer.”

Hall looked around at the whole scene, waitresses carrying trays of sushi and drinks and people seeing and being seen, and shrugged. “It’s her, and I’m behind her. If my name can get one more person to pick the book up … once you pick it up, you’ll instantly be hooked.”

The book in question is called Bitter Sweet: A Woman’s Journey, and it’s the work of more than twelve years for Hall’s mother Joan. Read more »

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Friday, August 28: The Dead Man Suit Award

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 9:20 am

In the run-up to this year’s Welcome Home Luncheon, I talked to a few of the guys about their memories of last year’s event. They gave the answers I expected: good to meet the fans, great way to kick off the season, and so on.

Not one of the mentioned what is apparently one of the biggest draws of the day: the Dead Man Suit award.

Since Rocky McIntosh was the first one to spill the beans, on his Twitter feed Wednesday night, I’ll mash together a few of his updates here and let him explain what the award is about:

Dead Man Suit Awards..its givin to the player who wears a ugly 1960’s suit that looks like they stole it from a body at the graveyard. Past 2 yr winners were Andre Carter(sorry) and most recent Justin Tryon…Rick James was left freezing in his grave last yr cuz of this guy. Who will b next??? Stay tuned….. I will have flowers for this years winner.

And then this, from the bus on the way to the event:

Omg there r 2 many contestants for this years dead man suit’s going 2 be funny to see who wins we might have a repeat award winner. From d lineman to kickers nobody safe were checking all funeral homes for break-ins cuz we have suspects right here on the team……

At the event itself, I started asking who was likely to “win”; a lot of candidates were mentioned (Anthony Alridge and Eddie Williams being the most-suggested), but everyone said the final decision came down to one guy: Fred Smoot. Read more »

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The Most Optimistic Time Of The Year

Posted by Matt Terl on July 29, 2009 – 4:58 pm


Let’s be honest: it’s the day before the first day of training camp. If the head coach of the team comes out with anything other than full-bore optimism, it’s probably a really bad sign. So from that perspective, there wasn’t much that was unexpected about Jim Zorn‘s press conference today.

Here, for example, are Zorn’s opening remarks:

“I’m excited about starting 2009. I hope everybody else is. I hope everybody is ready for some great practice watching — from my standpoint, it’s participating. We are looking forward to an outstanding year. We’re looking forward to an excellent training camp. I think everyone around the league is. This 2009 season is going to be exciting but just as difficult to put together as it was last year, we’re on our way. We have a lot of healthy players this year. We are not starting out with an injury report this year. We’ve got all the guys are ready to participate the first day of practice, so we are excited about that.”

And, really, that was the tone he took for the rest of the session.

(The video above is oddly compressed for some reason. I recommend the better-resolution version over at For more transcribed excerpts and a look at Rocky McIntosh’s presser, keep on reading.)
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Redskins Golf For Rocky McIntosh As Well

Posted by Matt Terl on May 18, 2009 – 5:18 pm

When I saw Rocky McIntosh in the above outfit for his charity golf tournament today, I had one simple question for him: are you wearing the same thing to golf that you wore to paintball?

“No,” he said, “It’s my tribute to Greg Norman. I went out trying to be the Shark today.”

And did you play like Greg Norman today?

“Not in the least. I didn’t play too much like a shark. More like the Little Mermaid.”

Which, as seems to be the way with these things, was okay. The point of the event was not to dazzle with golfing ability, but to benefit the Loudoun Center for Social Justice. And from that perspective, it was clearly a success. “It’s our first year doing this,” McIntosh’s wife Alessia told me, who has supported the group more or less since they arrived in the area, “but we’re thrilled with how well it went.”

And that’s good. Much better than if they had taken a look at McIntosh’s hat and chosen to enforce club policy.

Of course, McIntosh himself considered the day a success for a different reason, reporting via Twitter after the fact: “my team shot 7 under ………i think i did good cuz i came back with 2 balls out a pack of twelve yessssssss”

More Redskins golfing pictures after the jump, although nothing that quite reaches the majesty of Clinton Portis’s socks at Jason Campbell’s event a few weeks back.

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Chris Wilson, Rocky McIntosh Doodle For Charity

Posted by Matt Terl on May 14, 2009 – 3:21 pm

A charitable organization called Neurofibromatosis, Inc. is running their third annual National Doodle Day auction, which raises funds to help them provide support to individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis. (Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on the nerves. If you, like me, are a bit of a hypochondriac, it sounds absolutely terrifying.)

Anyhow, for this auction, various celebrities have dashed off quick doodles which are being auctioned off on eBay. It sounds unremarkable when described like that, but the roster of artists actually has some big names on it, including a few DC and Baltimore-area celebrities, sports and otherwise: Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau, Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken, Jr., Chef Duff from Ace of Cakes, Adam Dunn of the Washington Nationals … and Rocky McIntosh and Chris Wilson of your Washington Redskins.

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Monday, March 23: Paintball With Rocky McIntosh

Posted by Matt Terl on March 23, 2009 – 1:40 pm

When Rocky McIntosh invited me to go paintballing with him and his friends on Saturday, a few thoughts went through my mind.

First, I wondered how good an idea this was. There’s a brief history of Redskins and paintball, and between Redskins players being badly outnumbered in a charity tournament and the team’s 2007 first round pick missing minicamp with a paintball injury to the groin, not much of it can be considered very good.

Second, I found myself wondering exactly why Rocky McIntosh — who has become a regular on this blog for his holiday antics, his office antics, and his refusal to give Intern Bridgette a straight answer to basic interview questions– was described to me as a non-talker. Really.

When I first started working here, different people would offer advice for what to expect from the various players and coaches. Not much of that advice was consistent from one person to the next, but the one thing everyone agreed on was that McIntosh was a quiet guy who really kept to himself. This opinion seemed to be borne out when McIntosh went so far as to disguise himself as Khary Campbell in an attempt to avoid the media, so this outgoing version of Rocky McIntosh is continually surprising.

And third, I wondered what I was supposed to do with the 25 pound weight vest he had handed me.

What I did NOT wonder, although as it turns out I maybe should have, were who his friends were. If you had asked me at the time, I’d have said that I assumed it was Rocky’s peers — presumably not other players, otherwise he would’ve mentioned it, but friends of about his age, background, and so on.

I can safely say that I wouldn’t have come up with the actual answer: Read more »

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Rocky McIntosh Is Quirky, Business-Savvy, And A Good Student

Posted by Matt Terl on March 5, 2009 – 3:53 pm

A couple of weeks ago, Rocky McIntosh set up shop a cubicle not far from where I sit in Redskins Park. This wasn’t like when Antwaan Randle El made a couple of phone calls from the front desk and I joked that he was the receptionist; Rocky actually moved himself into the cube and decided it was his new office space.

There was no discernible reason for him to do this; he just showed up (wearing a red shirt, with matching glasses and watch), complained about how dirty the previous occupant had left the space, and put up some personal decorations. Read more »

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Some Redskins Comment on The Acquisitions; Then There's Rocky McIntosh

Posted by Matt Terl on February 27, 2009 – 12:23 pm

Even though the activity level in the building is much higher than it has been, and even though the media presence has increased enormously (from “zero” to “a whole lot”), there still aren’t that many players here. Still, it seemed worthwhile to see if any of them had anything interesting to say about last night’s two big signings.

Mostly, no.

Kedric Golston was excited about Albert Haynesworth, his new defensive linemate:


(That’s Intern Bridgette asking the question, by the way — I haven’t undergone a startling and unexpected voice change.)

Chris Samuels was also enthusiastic about Haynesworth, but you couldn’t hear him on the video with Golston shouting in the background. Read more »

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