A Redskins Letter From Pat Fischer's Son
When Marty Fischer was a boy growing up in Loudoun County, his father's friends would come over on Sundays to watch the Redskins game. Just like a lot of you out there, I'd imagine.
Except his father was Redskins All-Pro cornerback Pat Fischer, and his friends were ex-Skins, guys like Billy Kilmer, for example. And Marty--now 32--can still picture those Sundays.
"I remember having to actually open the windows because my mom was going crazy," he told me. "My dad's ex-teammates would be over at the house, just getting so loud and pumped up, just like they were playing."
This helped form Marty's identity as a Redskins fan, and it helped reinforce what he thought of the franchise: guys who were proud of their franchise, guys who "played with more heart than anybody out there," guys who might have had less talent but who had the best camaraderie and the strongest will.
And like a lot of you, the recent results have been extremely disappointing to Marty Fischer. This week, he sent an e-mail to about 500 family and friends, trying to ask what's been going wrong. Without his knowledge, it got forwarded around to lots of places, including to me.
Let me emphasize that Marty isn't trying to criticize the franchise or the leadership or the roster, and he certainly is wishing them all nothing but the best. He said his dad has strong relations with the team, and that they all are staying positive. It's more a feeling of bewilderment, I guess.
"I don't ever ask questions, but this is getting a little bit confusing," Marty said. "I want everybody to stick with this thing. People are starting to get down on the Skins, and they shouldn't do it. We're born here, we're all proud of being Redskins fans. I see a lot of people getting negative about it, and I don't want them to get negative about it. We don't know the answer to why [players] don't seem a hundred percent into the game, why they don't seem like one unit out there, but we're all Redskins fans, we can't just throw our tickets away."
Basically, Marty and his friends just want things to be like they were when they were kids. Lately, it's seemed a bit different.
"Who knows why?" he said. "We just wish that it was still the same way. We're not in their locker room. We don't know what they're going through right now. But we hope that this loss to Detroit really brings them together and makes them bond as a team, only looking for victory, and not settling for anything less. They're amazing and incredible athletes, and we just hope they can come together."
Anyhow, here's the text of Marty's letter to his friends, in case it doesn't wander into your inbox this week.
Have the Redskins Lost Their Identity?
Have the Redskins lost their identity? The fact is we are Redskins fans and the Redskins are our team. We are dedicated to them during the season and during the offseason. There is no time for us, as Redskins fans, to let them down, right!
I am a Fischer, the son of ex-defensive back Pat Fischer. Being a Redskins fan started before life began for my sister and I. We grew up with so many diehard ex-Redskins players coming to watch the games after they retired. My father had a burgundy and gold Redskins horse trailer. We papered the house burgundy and gold. We opened the windows for mom, because we knew it was going to get too loud inside, yelling for our Redskins! As Redskins fans, it was go time then and it is go time now, for all of us diehard Skins fans.
So what's the answer to my question, "Have the Redskins lost their identity?" I have only just started my thirties, but can remember the fire in the eyes of dad and all his friends when just watching the games. When I watch the old films of them playing, we see how everyone on the field put their heart and soul on the line every single down. The whole team, including the sideline, watched intensely, pushing and being a driving force for their friends and teammates. Every down was played as hard as the previous play. They played every down to win, for their teammates/coaches/ friends, for their fans, for the nation's capital, and for the rich tradition and honor to be a Redskin.
Where is the bitter will to win? Where is the desire to put heart and soul into every play? I wish the fire was there, but no matter what we are cheering and will always be Redskins fans!
Little Fischer "37"
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