Redskins Reflect on the Election
It's been a fruitful season for Redskins political stories, and in the aftermath of the election the revelations kept coming.
* Jason Campbell took photographs of his television on Tuesday night, so he could show the pictures to his children. I've heard of bloggers taking photos of their television. NFL quarterbacks taking photos of their television was a new one for me.
"It was something that I'll always remember, and hopefully one day I can tell my kids, and I took pictures of it just to show [them] one day," he told me. "Just to show them history. They're not here at the time to see it, but whenever they get here it's something you'll definitely share."
* Jim Zorn and Sherman Smith have taken to using slogans from the Obama campaign in offensive team meetings this week.
"I'm an American like everybody else, and very excited about the new opportunity," Zorn said. "In fact, we tried to steal some of the lines. You know, we talked about we wanted to make some change, we wanted to have some change, and Yes We Can. And Sherman kind of threw out there another one as well. So we're trying to stay abreast of it. There's gonna be change, regardless of who was going to be the next president, and now President-Elect Obama, he's got a tremendous rallying cry. And I have no authority and no wisdom to say, 'Let's go!' because he's got it pretty well [in hand]."
* Obama volunteers Lorenzo Alexander and Leigh Torrence plan to write their Congressmen in hopes of scoring tickets to the inauguration. Assuming neither is still playing then, I guess.
"You know, me and my wife [were] very happy," Alexander said. "She started to cry. Just the history of our nation, where we started and where we've come to, it was just real emotional, especially for our grandparents and people in the older generation of African Americans. I had a sense of pride for actually exercising my right to vote this time around. [Obama] was just able to energize us, I was passionate about it and I was happy I was able to be a part of it."
* Zorn also took two more bike rides with the current president over the weekend.
"We just went for a workout," Zorn said. "He rode me into the ground, so he's in tremendous shape and he's a competitor. When he has a chance to play hard, he plays hard."
* Fred Smoot watched the coverage, and said he got emotional Tuesday night.
"It went great," Smoot said of the results. "It went picture perfect to me. I watched everything. I couldn't believe. It was history, point blank. It's big. It's real, real [big]. You'll never know how big this is until you get to look back on it, but it's monumental."
* Alexander, one of the most politically active Redskins, said he thinks the country (and the locker room) will unite behind the new president.
"Obviously I was happy with the outcome; I wanted Obama to win," he said. "But regardless of who won, the country needs to get behind him. And it happens to be Obama, so I just hope that us as a country, we're able to kind of come together over this, because I know a lot of people were kind of hurt for what has transpired. Just got to pray, and hopefully people's minds and hearts will change over time, with his actions in the House."
* Campbell, who became a daily subscriber to The Washington Post this year, already put Wednesday's front page in his scrapbook. The quarterback isn't given to histrionics, and usually speaks in pretty measured tones about everything, but he went and got all eloquent about this one.
"Like my parents, just calling them, talking to them," he began. "They're just sharing the feeling of just to able to witness something like this. It was definitely a feeling, and not just for African Americans. I'm talking about whites, blacks, Asians, Latinos, every group, because everyone was in this together. Sometime you'll look at this and be like, 'The Changing of America.' It could make a difference, make people start to love each other more, start to respect each other more.
"And when you look at a person, you're not looking at a person for race, you're looking at a person for who they are. That's how I always look at people. I have never looked at anyone with race, I always talk to people just like if they was me, how would I like to be talked to. That's how I treat people on a day-to-day basis, and I hope that's what we unite to as a world."
* Marcus Washington said he didn't vote and only watched bits and pieces of the returns.
"I was a slacker," he said. "Take away my birthday as a punishment."
* And Smoot said despite the end of the campaign, and despite the departure of Torrence, the locker room political debate club wouldn't disband.
"Nah, nah," he said, when I asked if it was all over. "We're gonna keep talking about it."
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