A fond Dallas week memory
On the night of Dec. 28, 2002, Darrell Green gave a very spirited speech to the team in the hotel. It was the night before the last game of the season, against the Cowboys. It was also the night before Darrell Green's last game as a Redskin.
He talked about the pride of being a Washington Redskin, the tradition of the team we played on. I remember being moved to tears while listening to him talk, knowing that this would be the final time a legend would stand in front of his team and deliver a pre-game speech as an active player.
I believe everyone heard and hung on to every word that Darrell Green said that night. I still think about that night when Dallas week rolls around every year.
I remember going to my hotel room with the mindset that I would not leave the field without a win the next day. It was a very disappointing season. We were out of playoff contention and were fighting to have a 7-win season. To sum it up, if you didn't have pride you didn't have anything to play for.
Well, D. Green's speech changed all of that. I remember us in the locker room the next day and how we all came together and said we would carry one of the greatest football players ever off the field, and that if you weren't on board then get the heck out of this locker room. We went out there on the turf of FedEx Field and we put a tail-kicking on the Dallas Cowboys that day. We won the game 20-14,
It was one of my fondest memories of Dallas week and my career. I loved my teammates and still do. It was a beautiful end to a great career, and I was a part of it.
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