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Dominique Dorsey Used to Be an O-Lineman

Dorsey in college at UNLV. (By Robert Beck - Sports Illustrated via Getty)

With a listed height of 5-foot-7 and a listed weight of 175 pounds, Dominique Dorsey is both the shortest and the lightest current Redskins. (Anthony Alridge is also listed a 175.)

But with Albert Haynesworth's earlier discussion of his days playing running back, NBC Washington's Dan Hellie thought it wise to ask the undersized running back whether he was previously a lineman. And yeah, you guessed it.

"Yes, I was a lineman," Dorsey said. "My first position I ever played when I was 7-years old was offensive tackle and defensive tackle. For some reason they put me on the line. They knew I had skills to play in the backfield and they had promised me the next year I would play, but I played a whole season at offensive line. Weird enough....It was fun. I managed to get through it, but I'm glad I never got big enough to be an offensive lineman."

If you didn't know, Shaun Suisham, the kicker, grew up as a wide receiver and safety in 12-man football, though his real love was playing defense in hockey, and if his football games were in hand he would sometimes leave early and head to the rink.

So I think the real lesson here is that everybody started out as the opposite of what they are now. Adam Dunn was once a shortstop. Albert Haynesworth was once a speedster, Dorsey a blocker, and Suisham a hitter. Larry Michael was once a fount of objectivity. That's how it goes.

Anyhow, Dorsey said his strong enough to pick up teammates with one arm, and that his size helps him hide behind blockers and then "just pop out at any given time." When he goes out on the town away from the field, "I never get the question if I am a professional football player or not," he said. "I tell 'em my name, they're like, 'Oh I know you, I've seen you play,' stuff like that....It's cool to be all low-key sometimes."

I asked what he'd do if he had to block Haynesworth today; "we call that technique the cut technique," he joked.

Someone asked Dorsey if he has a nickname; "people have struggled for years and years to give me a nickname," he said. "I do have a weird nickname from Pop Warner. They called me Grandma, because I walked so slow. But when I'm on the field, I move fast, so it's good."

Speaking of which, there are a few new Fred Smoot nicknames to report. DeAngelo Hall is "Dirty Harry." Derrick Dockery is "Big Baby," though that name was given out in his first stint by Chris Samuels; "He's been Big Baby since he got here," Smoot said. Justin Tryon is "Try," which seems somehow fitting. Mike Williams is BMW: "Big Mike Williams, BMW." And rookie receiver Marko Mitchell, who made the mistake of talking junk with Smoot at the scrimmage, is "Big Face Hundred," or possibly "Big Fase 100."

"You ever seen his face?" Smoot asked. "It's just real round, like on a hundred dollar bill. So we call him Big Fase 100."

I asked Mitchell if he liked the name; "no, man," he said.

"That don't matter," Smoot said. "That's his name. He's Big Fase 100."

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 10, 2009; 4:37 PM ET
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Imagine the glorious hilarity of a Tony Plush & Fred Smoot radio show. Even if only for the month their offseasons overlap. It would be Bog Heaven.

One Oh Six Sevvven, The Faaaaan has got to be all over this.

Posted by: WebberDC | August 10, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Big Fase 100! That's funny.

Posted by: jimwest20 | August 11, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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