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Jeremy Jarmon's World Cup

I'm going to go ahead and guess that only one guy in the NFL planned on wearing a Bastian Schweinsteiger jersey during the Germany-Serbia match Friday morning, before changing into a Michael Bradley jersey for the U.S.-Slovenia match later in the morning.

That one guy would be Redskins linebacker Jeremy Jarmon, a man of eclectic tastes, including theater, photography, international travel and the beautiful game. Jarmon happened to befriend two foreigners -- one from Ecuador, the other from Germany -- who lived in his University of Kentucky dorm, and they helped convince him that he should be following international soccer.

Jarmon had played the sport from ages 7 to 9, but he lost interest in the game before arriving at Kentucky. With his new soccer-loving friends, though, Jarmon got back into it, to the extent that he owns jerseys from his two favorite teams, and has been watching loads of the World Cup action this month. He even watched Argentina-South Korea on Thursday morning before the Redskins began their final mandatory minicamp session.

So, has World Cup fever spread throughout the Skins' locker room? Um, no.

"The kicker, Gano, he's a soccer guy," Jarmon told me. "Most people see my soccer gear on, they're like what is this?"

Jarmon has a prediction for the U.S.-Slovenia game, but he declined to provide it. But he also pointed out that one of his friends from Kentucky, all-American soccer player Barry Rice, has landed with D.C. United and has actually seen some action recently, so Jarmon said he plans on visiting RFK and touring the facility with Rice. Maybe he'll show up at Redskins Park this fall in a D.C. United kit.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 18, 2010; 9:11 AM ET
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Chad Ochocinco is also a big soccer fan - he posted a picture on Twitter yesterday during the Mexico game of him in a Mexico jersey with a vuvuzela with a Mexican flag hanging from it.

He also owns a DC United jersey, which I believe you may have chronicled here last year.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | June 18, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see a picture and find out where he found a jersey big enough to wear.. I can't find any for this big guy!

Posted by: kennyisbigk911 | June 19, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

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