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Robert Griffin III is a busy man. But that doesn’t mean he can’t show common courtesy.
While the Redskins quarterback rehabs from a season-ending knee injury, he still made time to send out thank you notes for wedding gifts he received from fans. Oh yeah, it also included an autograph.
“Thank you for your kind gift,” Griffin wrote Keith and Emith Elgin. “Even as nothing was expected from you, out of the love in your hearts you sent us one anyways, and made our wedding experience even more special. Thank you!”
Griffin took some criticism last week after he tweeted a picture, thanking fans for helping buy items from his wedding registry at Bed Bath & Beyond. The handwritten note should quiet the critics.
Well done, RG3.
If the Redskins owner gets his way, the xx-year NFL franchise will never change their name.
Daniel Snyder told USA Today Sports in an exclusive interview that he wouldn’t consider tweaking the team name.
“We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder told USA TODAY Sports this week. “As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.” Keep Reading…
On December 30th, Fred Smoot was arrested and charged with a DUI in Washington D.C. according to the Washingtonian. Smoot a former corner back for the Redskins and Vikings from 2001-2009, was pulled over driving an Audi A7 with no tags. The officer claimed he smelled alcohol on Smoot’s breathe and person, and his eyes appeared red and watery. The officer issued a field sobriety test and Smoot showed several signs of impairment according to an affidavit. Smoot pleaded not guilty to the charges, after agreeing to the field sobriety test and refusing a breathalyzer twice while in custody.
Unfortunately we are all too familiar with the stories of NFL players being charged with a DUI, but this particular instance takes this tired tale to a new level. The affidavit states that, “During processing, in the service area, while handcuffed, the [defendant] peed his pants creating a puddle on the floor, [A police officer] witnessed the urine running down his pant leg and onto the floor. [Smoot] did not express that he had to use the restroom.”
While playing in the NFL, Smoot once said, “Two-thirds of the world is covered by water. The other third is covered by Fred Smoot.” Speaking in the third person aside, now just a little more of the Earth is covered by water instead of Fred Smoot. Not even Billy Madison can save Fred Smoot from this one.
Coming into the wildcard match up between The Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks, the injury discussion started and ended with Robert Griffin III. While RG3 players through a complicated knee issue, another injury may have a greater impact on the game than RG3. Late in the second quarter, Seahawks place kicker Steven Hauschka went into the locker room with an apparent left ankle injury, but returned to the game to make a short field goal before the half. Hauschka did miss one kick off, and punter Jon Ryan kicked a line drive to the ten yard line.
Reports from FedEx Field claim the turf has been slick with player footing becoming an issue. Hauschka may have injured his non-kicking ankle while planting that foot on a previous kick. Even though Hauschka was able to return and make a short field goal before the end of the half, the Seahawks will have to reevaluate their kicking game in the second half. It is safe to assume the Hauschka’s range will be slightly diminished in the second half, if he is able to kick at all. Punter Jon Ryan has never kicked a field goal in the NFL. As this game develops remember that field goals will be an issue for the Seahawks. The coaching staff must determine whether they will trust Hauschka for the rest of the game and reevaluate what distance they are comfortable attempting a field goal. These seemingly small decisions could greatly effect how this game is coached down the stretch, especially the last two minutes.
Editors Note: Special Agent Pack offers his unique perspective on the coveted NFL on FOX Galloping Gobbler award.
Since 2002, along with the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving – the most American of all holidays — has also meant the Galloping Gobbler. Yes, the Galloping Gobbler, the trophy awarded to the Most Valuable Player of the NFL on FOX Thanksgiving Day game.
It has been my pleasure, no, my honor, to have served as head of Gobbler security since its inception. Initially my rank was a simple one, Officer Pack. But along with the rise in prominence of the Gobbler award, my title also has gotten a bump, to Special Agent Pack. In the decade since its inception, the Galloping Gobbler trophy itself has gone through myriad changes, but at its heart it remains an award second to none, treasured as one of the most prestigious in football.
I am often asked how it came to be that I was plucked from the shadows and thrust into the bright national spotlight of this security detail. Most have assumed that it happened because I so ably fit the 54-inch long dimensions that the uniform provided. And they would be correct. In this case, size did matter.
But be that as it may, I take this duty seriously and with it comes the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of the award and its recipients.
Ah yes, the recipients. Our inaugural Gobbler winner, Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys, famously stated that the trophy resembled a Cris Collinsworth bobblehead. It did. Smith, so enamored with the honor, summarily left the first-ever trophy behind in his locker room. It then ended up in a trash dumpster, only to be later rescued by yours truly. A dubious debut, indeed.
The following year, a true Thanksgiving miracle took place when winner Dre’ Bly triumphantly burst into the Detroit Lions locker room with his Gobbler trophy held high above his head. Not lost amid the cheers of his teammates was the acknowledgement that the Gobbler truly had arrived.
In the ensuing years there have been memorable games and memorable Gobbler winners. The lone defensive lineman winner, Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware, took home the hardware in 2008. As a native Wisconsinite I have been quietly thrilled to present the Gobbler to three Green Bay Packers, Brett Favre in 2007; our most controversial winner Donald Driver (a mixed vote that could have seen the bird go to either Charles Woodson or Aaron Rodgers) in 2009; and last year Rodgers captured a turkey trophy of his own.
While I am instructed to offer a mere congratulatory handshake when presenting the Gobbler I could not help myself when upon handing the reigning NFL MVP his trophy. I whispered, ”Dreams do come true”. A knowing nod and smile from No. 12 told me I had done the right thing.
So Thursday will provide another chance for Thanksgiving game immortality. Will we have our first repeat winner? Both Ware and 2006 winner Tony Romo are slated to play as the Cowboys take on the Washington Redskins (4:15 p.m. ET on FOX).
Or will we witness the dawn of a new age? Will it be RGIII or perhaps Dez Bryant, both of whom have the talents needed to take home yet another brand new version of the Galloping Gobbler?
No matter who emerges as the lucky winner, just know that Special Agent Pack is ready and willing for duty. It is indeed my honor and privilege.
FOXSports.com national writer A.J. Perez reports from Ashburn, Va. at Redskins team training facility.
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall and a reporter had to be physically restrained as a shouting match ensued at the team’s training facility Tuesday.
Hall was angered by a blog post written by Washington Post reporter Mike Jones last Thursday, which centered around one-on-one meetings between members of the defensive backfield and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. FOXSports.com learned that Hall had an issue with a quote attributed to him in the post.
Tuesday’s conversation escalated in the hallway outside the locker room as Hall’s teammates and Redskins team personnel separated the two. The two were kept several feet apart.
Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie told reporters that Hall and Jones met and the issue “had been resolved.”
Jones declined to comment.
“It wasn’t a big deal,” Hall said on his WJFK-FM radio show. “It wasn’t like I was saying, ‘This is the end of the world.’ It wasn’t anything negative in the article.”
Hall said it wasn’t until others intervened in their conversation that things got out of hand.
“People were pulling me back,” Hall said. “People were pulling him back…There wasn’t anything going on.
Check out some bonus footage of Erin Andrews’ interview with Robert Griffin III.
You can call him a realist or you can call him a pessimist, but no matter how you look at Mike Shanahan’s comments, Redskins fans have to be left disappointed.
The Redskins lost at home to the Panthers on Sunday 21-13 to drop to 3-6 on the season. Leading up to the game, coach Mike Shanahan labeled the contest a “must-win” game. He all but threw in the towel on the 2012 NFL season with his postgame comments.