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Alexander, Golston go back to college

Defensive linemen Lorenzo Alexander and Kedric Golston are back in school.

They're among 77 players participating this week in the NFL's business management and entrepreneurial programs at the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Alexander and Golston today began a four-day session at Wharton that focuses on real estate. Business operations are the main topics of the five-day session that started Monday at Harvard.

The programs are part of ongoing joint efforts by the league and the NFL Players Association to help prepare players for life after football and Alexander and Golston were eager to return to the classroom.

"I've heard about the program for a couple of years now and never really took the time out to fill out the paperwork and sign up," Alexander said in a phone interview Monday. "I've heard a lot of great reviews from guys like [former Redskins defensive lineman] Demetric Evans, so I decided this year to go.

"And I got Kedric to go, too. I talked him into it. You're going back to school, in a sense, you kind of want to suffer with somebody you know. You have to go back and apply yourself in the classroom, and you're dealing with material that is somewhat difficult, so it helps to have a familiar face there with you. It makes it a little bit easier. I think it'll be fun and a great experience for us."

Players complete an application process to take part in the program. Since the program began in 2005, more than 500 players have participated.

In addition to its emphasis on real estate, the Wharton workshop also includes "an emphasis on analyzing financial statements, legal issues, investing and money management, social responsibility, property management, insurance and liability fundamentals, and taxation," according to the league's news release. Alexander and Golston opted to pursue the real estate program at Wharton because of their familiarity with the subject.

Golston and his wife, Christal, own Sterling-based Golston Real Estate. Alexander's wife, Manjanique, works with the Golstons. "My wife is the guru when it comes to real estate. She's been doing it since she was 19 years old, so she clearly has an eye for that type of thing," Golston said. "I've learned a lot from her, but it's a great opportunity to go to Wharton and try to pick up some more knowledge. And maybe I can pick up some tidbits to help out the company."

So Alexander didn't have to twist Golston's arm to join him at Wharton?

"It's easy to sit up there in the middle of the grind of the football season and say, 'Oh, that's something cool,' but do you follow through when the season's over and you just want to chill?" Golston said. "Me and Zo are good buddies, and the fact that he was going kind of made it closer to home for me.

"He kind of made me confirm. I might have looked into it and thought about it, but I probably wouldn't have confirmed without him, and I'm glad I did. Anyone with the chance to go to Wharton should. And what you're going to learn ... it's just another tool on your belt. And you can never have enough tools to help you succeed."

By Jason Reid  |  February 16, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
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This is double post - you put this up a couple of weeks ago.

This is double post - you put this up a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by: charley42 | February 16, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

mmmm...hasn't this already been posted?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | February 16, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

There's an echo in here.


Posted by: DikShuttle | February 16, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Deja Voi???

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 16, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Nat's just signed a Ace Pitcher, Zards just dumped half their roster, Caps are on Olimpic break...

Skins, well 2 of em are going to a school type thing.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 16, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

There's a Glitch in the Matrix!!

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 16, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

So Kedric’s gonna go to school for 4 days, come home and tell his wife what she’s doing wrong and how she can run things a little bit better. Good luck with that Kedric. Nice knowin’ ya…..

Posted by: dlhaze1 | February 16, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedDMV | February 16, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Alexander and Golston go back to school?

I wonder which one will win the big diving meet with a Triple Lindy?

Posted by: Original_etrod | February 16, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

You bamas can't read:

Posted by: RedDMV | February 16, 2010 3:39 PM


I have resisted...and it's gonna be a long offseason...


The sh!t is still the same....BAMF....This one just got qoutes from the players...

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 16, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse's just another tool on your belt. And you can never have enough tools to help you succeed."

By Jason Reid | February 16, 2010; 3:10 PM ET

Redskins Insider secret to success! This place got so many tools on its belt that no one can even lift the belt off the ground and strap it around Jason Reid's waist. We got more tools than a Home Depot stocked for Christmas.

Posted by: League-Source | February 16, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

USA 1, Swiss 0 after 1.

Featured Shark: Joe Pavelski, USA

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 16, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, because they can always talk about what type of grass seed they're laying down on the practice field in Ashburn.

Smack your self if you still read the thread anymore for 'Skins news. Most of the time I scroll right to the comments section. Read what Reid has to say for what? His Rock nut stroking threads?

Posted by: RedDMV | February 16, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Alexander might get switched back to offensive line. He seems to have the mobility and athleticism to get out and zone block on running plays. He would probably bring some nastiness and attitude to the offensive line. Dude might be our right guard.

Posted by: coparker5 | February 16, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

If you want the fun reading you read the Bog, if you want the facts you read the RI stories, if you want the best break down of Redskins Football, you read the thread... Except for a few of the guys here, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

Posted by: alex35332 | February 16, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah YEah....

It still don't mean their ain't a glitch in the MAtrix.....Going off Headlines...Hardly Read the posts on my end...

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 16, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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