Today in Redskins Hazing
With training camp completed and plenty of rookies unhazed, apparently the veterans decided to just wrap things up with a rush. I'm not sure who exactly is in these planning meetings, but publicly, Albert Haynesworth very clearly seems to be the ringleader. He and Cornelius Griffin tied five rookies to the goalposts, four to each other on the ground, and then nabbed late arrivals Marko Mitchell and Keith Eloi and taped them up back-to-back, standing up.
"I'm allergic to tape," Mitchell tried to argue.
"This is what y'all get for hiding," Haynesworth said to the latter two.
"I wasn't hiding, I was in the cold tub," Eloi said. "I had to rejuvenate my legs."
"Oh, we're gonna get you in the cold tub, don't worry about that," Haynesworth said. "We're gonna rejuvenate your whole body."
Then, Haynesworth used a variety of means to deliver water, ice and other cold stuff onto the rookies.
"It's hot, they're real tired, so we just want to make sure they cool out," Haynesworth said. "This is family right here, so this is how we're doing to our little brothers....This is what we always do, this is to show love to our little brothers right here, to welcome them to the Redskins, so you've got to show them love."
But, I pointed out, Haynesworth is new to the Redskins himself.
"No, I'm 8 years into this league," he said. "We welcome our brothers to the NFL from the college experience. This is what we do."
I also noted that he seemed awfully competent at the process.
"Well, I've been doing it for six years, at least," he said. "I have a lot of experience doing it. We had to do our rookies right out at Tennessee, so I'm teaching my fellow brothers here with the Redskins how to do it. Plus, I'm from South Carolina. That's not exactly where they filmed Deliverance, but close."
I'm still not sure why the defensive line was in charge, but Phil Daniels was lurking around the perimeter, in addition to Haynesworth and Griffin.
"I'm not involved in this," Daniels insisted. "I'm just out here, trying to make sure they do the right thing, make sure the guys are ok. I'm taking myself out of it. I just stayed out with Cornelius to see what they were doing, and there were so many guys today, you need somebody else to help out. So I'm just looking, folded my arms. I haven't touched nobody, haven't sprayed nobody. I'm a good guy. All you guys know that."
Meanwhile, Haynesworth was telling reporters that in his rookie year, the offensive linemen made him pay for a dinner that cost $15,000 and included $50 shots for everyone in the restaurant.
"I love the tape instead of that," Eloi said.
The Washington Times's David Elfin and Fredburg's Rich Campbell report that all rookies save Chase Daniel and Robert Agnone have now been given this treatment.
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