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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.

By LaVar Arrington  |  September 10, 2010; 5:49 PM ET
 
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Awesome post! Darrell Green has always been one of my favorites. Always played with heart and determination.

Posted by: dogboy | September 10, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I hope this type of pride returns to our team.
Beat Dallas!

Posted by: priceisright | September 10, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

LaVar,

We felt your sincerity talking about this when you were doing your video posts Friday, it truly was a great game, with classy retro uniforms to boot.

I feel like the tumultuous seasons we have seen in the past 2 years has left the team with out a Green, a Monk. So do us all a favor, patch up that relationship with Snyder and get your @$s back in that locker room as professional motivator.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 11, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Aw please! The Cowboys let y'all win that game.

Posted by: jbworldwide | September 12, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Aw please! The Cowboys let y'all win that game.

Posted by: jbworldwide | September 12, 2010 9:16 AM

Yeah jbworldwide that makes a whole lot of sense. They actually called Shanahan and asked if they could just give us the win and stay in Dallas.

I guess Shanahan wanted to play a little football, but knowing that the Cowgirls were just going to "let us win" must have made the sidelines a bit less stressful. Thanks buddy!

Hey maybe they'll let all the other teams win against them this year too.

P.S. Was that you who called that perfect play to end the half? That is certainly how you let the other team win so keep em coming.

Posted by: Burg_gold_blood | September 13, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

This goes to show how teammates can feed off of each other and inspire each other. DG was awesome, and I do believe it meant a lot to him to be a Redskin and play for one team.

Maybe there is a way to build into new CBA something to engender this kind of team loyalty. Right now the system plays one team off another.

Posted by: ElYeah | September 15, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

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