Redskins fans are in need of a hero
The 2010 football season is now past the halfway mark and the landscape of the season is taking shape. Some teams are, as expected, over-achievers heading toward a post-season birth and others ... well, not so much.
One thing that comes to mind for me at this stage of the season is the time of the year and something that is so relevant to it. It's the holiday season, with Thanksgiving having just past and Christmas quickly approaching. Holidays are deeply rooted in the same principles as football -- they are about caring, sharing, hope and a long list of other important things.The one that jumps out for me in particular is heroes.
I began thinking about how the word hero applies to this Redskins team and this Redskins season. Let me start by giving my own personal definition of a hero. A hero is a person who is willing to put his or her own personal dreams, agendas and aspirations aside in order to deliver those very things to others. The fireman who knows there are people inside a burning house who could lose their lives and selflessly puts his own life on the line to save another is a true hero.
So it's understood that there are real-life heroes and there are sports heroes.The Washington Redskins fans have stood by their team through thick and thin over the years. This is the perfect time for someone on this Redskins team who has it in him to be a hero to them.There needs to be a player that represents the common man, who offers hope in an otherwise hopeless situation. A person who understands that by placing the weight of others on his shoulders he will be providing much-needed help to the fans who are struggling to make it through to the other side with this team. If someone is willing to accept the challenge and try, he will be loved forever!
Who will it be? Is it London Fletcher, the fiery veteran that leads the defense? Will it be Donovan McNabb, with late-season heroics? Maybe it's not even a marquee name player at all. Maybe it's a name we've just come to learn? Maybe the hero for the Redskins is someone with a big heart and a lot of energy packaged up into a small body, a person that, in reality, has always been told he's too small. Maybe the smallest pair of shoulders will carry the heaviest burdens -- Redskins' fans hopes and dreams.
Maybe that hero for the Redskins fans is a young man by the name of Brandon Banks?
| November 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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