WCAC Redskins Despise the Cowboys
I mentioned earlier that the Redskins seem to be stockpiling Texas boys. Of the 85 guys on the OTA roster, 11 are from Texas, the most of any state. Many of them grew up cheering for the Cowboys.
But there are also a fair share of local guys, many who were undrafted free agents and who might not be here for long. The current roster includes four guys from Maryland, four more from Virginia and two who list the District as their home town. So, as a group, the 10 DMV folks can almost cancel out those 11 Texans.
Also, many of the DMV guys were raised appropriately.
"The Redskins were my team; that's the only team I know," said center Edwin Williams, of DeMatha and Maryland. "You know, I hate people that are from, like, New York, but like the Cowboys. Never been to Dallas before in their life. I'm gonna only root for the team that I've been around, you know what I mean? I'm not gonna root for some team that's somewhere else. I like the Colts, just because of how Peyton Manning runs the offense, but that's not my favorite team. My favorite team is the Redskins, because that's the team I always grew up watching."
"I really wasn't a Cowboys fan," said cornerback Doug Dutch, who went to Gonzaga. "I mean, I always knew some of my friends growing up who liked the Cowboys. I was like, 'Why do you like the Cowboys? You're from D.C.' You know how that goes."
"It's ridiculous, that's what I'm saying," added Williams, who played against Dutch in high school. "I don't like that. You know, everybody should be a Redskins fan. You think people in Dallas are Redskins fans? I hated them....The Cowboys are a team that I despise, but you know, they're a good team. They've always got the best talent for some reason. The Redskins should always beat 'em, that's my theory."
This was refreshing. This is something people always bemoan about pro sports--that the athletes are paid mercenaries who care less than the fans. That's sort of thrown out the window on two kids like this.
Both said their first memory of the Redskins was watching the '92 Super Bowl on TV. Williams used to go to games with D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray, a member of his extended family. Dutch's father filled their home with Redskins couches and Redskins blankets. Williams said Doug Williams has been an inspiration in his life. Dutch used to work the concession stands at Skins games with his AAU basketball team, the Maryland Blazers, selling hot dogs and pretzels and then watching the fourth quarter.
Williams's favorite player was Jon Jansen; this spring, he played on the same line with him. "Hell yeah it's weird, man," he said. "But it's fun. It's great. I'm kind of past that starstruck moment."
Dutch's favorite player was Champ Bailey, and he still owns Bailey's Skins jersey; this spring, he was handed a 24 Redskins jersey with his own name on the back. "That was kind of crazy," he said. "I was like, 'Whoa, look who it is.' I was just blessed."
The whole "dream come true" stuff is slightly overused, but it's pretty inevitable for these guys.
"You kind of feel like this is kind of something you dream about when you're a kid," Williams said. "And then being on your favorite team, it just kind of adds more pleasure to that."
"That was always my dream," Dutch said. "When they picked me up and signed me that was like a dream come true."
(Both also graduated from school before their final year of eligibility. Williams began grad school at Maryland. Dutch--who de-committed from Miami and chose Michigan to get a more strenuous education--took it easy with one class, about dinosaurs. "It was the easiest class ever," he said.)
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