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Old 12-09-2007, 12:59 AM   #91
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Re: Who's the coolest that you met??

Ade Jimoh.

He was downright cool as shit. Kind of wish we held on to him.
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:17 AM   #92
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When Jay Schroeder was third string (or maybe 4th, I was 10 or 11) he was jogging by my school one Saturday while a group of us were playing football. He asked if he could QB for us and none of us realized who it was. Until he told a friend of mine to "go deep". Deep for a 10 year old is much different than for a budding NFL QB. I don't know how far he threw it but it seemed like a mile to us. I know Schroeder got a bad rep here but it was so cool having him throw it around with a bunch of kids. I still didn't believe him when he said that he'd be playing for the Skins(most of us had Skins shirts on). But later I saw him on TV and recognized him. It's the only time I got bruises from just catching balls.
Second coolest:
I was in a bar in Centreville at 11 am one Tuesday in December right after I turned 21. My buddies and I were drinking and arguing football. In my altered state of mind I was arguing that Riggo was better than any back in the league at the time (1995). John Riggins overheard us and told my friends that he agreed with me and bought me a beer. Then he shot the breeze with us for a little bit until the guy he was waiting for got there and the two went into the restaurant area.
Funniest:
Georgetown Leather in the mid-80's. My father (not a football fan) bumped into a rather large man and dropped his bag. The man apologized even though it was my father's fault and picked up the bag for him. My father was pretty rude to him and once outside I told him, "Dad, that was Dexter Manley."
"The guy who knocked out the Cowboys QB? Damn, probably should've been nicer, huh?"
See.. so far ya have to give it to the story about Jay. Tough to out cool an NFL QB (OK, let's not get into that topic any further)... who took the time to play ball with neighborhood kids.
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:45 PM   #93
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Marcus Washington.. I met him in Panama City out at a bar and he was the nicest person. Opened up a bar tab and told stories about how this was our year. Unfortunatly things aren't looking that way
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Old 12-13-2007, 01:21 PM   #94
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Even after meeting all these players I have had the chance to correspond through the mail with some.. After a couple attempts to get Gene Pepper (1950-1953) to sign my 52 throwback mini helmet. I wrote him and asked for permission to send it. He said no problem he would be happy to sign it.. Anyway after sending it to him and getting it back I told him i would love to hear some of the stories from the old days. I enclosed my number and asked him to call even he was ever bored.. well weeks had passed after receiving my helmet back signed.. I came home from work one night and my wife said a Gene Pepper had called. She not knowing who he was just thought it was someone from work. He left his number and I got up the nerve to call. We had a great conversation for about 15 minutes telling me of the old days playing with Sammy Baugh and Eddie Lebaron. told me what it was like playing for Curly Lambeau. It was a great experience hearing some of the stories..

A class guy for doing that.

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Old 12-13-2007, 01:32 PM   #95
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Well through the years I have had the pleasure of meeting close to a hundred Redskins players. Begining with The Over the Hill Gang back in the early 70's to players from today.
Some were genuine nice guys others could have cared less that I spent an hour waiting in line to meet them. But through them all I would have to say Pat Fischer was by far the nicest and coolest that I have met.
He really seemed to care that you took the time to come out and meet him and was so personable telling stories of the Glory days with George Allen and the gang.
How was Krause at the event last week?
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Old 12-13-2007, 01:39 PM   #96
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How was Krause at the event last week?
It was great for getting in and out there was hardly anyone there. I felt bad for the school trying to raise money. I told the guy he needed to do a better job of advertising.

I got 2 of my 1964 team pictures signed by him and a spear throwback mini.
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Old 12-13-2007, 01:59 PM   #97
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I have met a lot of Skins over the years, and have probably forgotten that I met some. When I was 5 my family got to go bowling with George Allen, I still have a b/w framed picture of him helping me hold up a bowling ball. The early 70's garb that everyone was in is actually quite comical.

My mother worked for awhile with Pat Fischer and I met him several times, he was awfully cool and told great stories that I thought were predominantly fabricated until I met his Nebraska and Redskin teamate Ron McDole, who is extremely nice and corroborrated all the sories Pat Fischer told me. I even hired McDole to build 2 custom bars for me, he does excellent work.

I think the coolest Redskin I have met though was Irving Fryar, although he was an Eagle when I met him. I was working at a summer camp near Philadelphia years ago and took a group of kids to Eagles training camp for the day, After practice just about every player blew out of there quickly, but Fryar stopped and signed autographs for every single person who wanted one, and spent about 15 minutes after that talking to me and the kids that I brought to camp. I thought that was very nice of him.
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:14 PM   #98
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I helped as a recruiting coordinator for the Maryland Football team so i got the chance to meet a bunch of athletes and a lot of cool ones, here are some:

Sean Taylor - not just saying this in light of his passing but he was just really unassuming from the few times I met him

Shawn Springs - we went to the same high school (Go Devils) and had the same mentor Mrs. Amatucci NFL Teacher of the Year 2000; big heart

The now Redskin, then Terp: Stephon Heyer - Definitely a regular ol' guy with no ego

Shawne Merriman - that guy is just funny and the life of the party

Steve Francis - Typical Prankster/joker (he and Obinna Ekeze rented one of my family's properties when they went to College Park)

Marcus Washington - Through a friend; he is probably the coolest pro athlete I have ever met. Invited us to a party in DC without barely even knowing him.


NOT COOL

John Riggins - that guy is as mean in real life as he played on the football field, i still respect him but i would not want to sit down and have a beer with that guy
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Old 12-13-2007, 02:46 PM   #99
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Sonny, regular Joe. Sitting by himself at an outdoor cafe, and I walked by him. I talked to him for a few minutes (after I got my voice back). He at least gave the illusion of being interested.
Total class guy
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Old 12-15-2007, 01:23 PM   #100
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Unfortunately, I've only met one NFL player that I recall and that was Jeff Bostic. Being an old school 'Skins fan, I was stoked when I first met him in Annapolis, MD back when he was still playing. More recently (two years ago), I again ran into him with my wife and two boys (all of whom are huge Redskin fans) at of all places, our church here in suburban Atlanta. Both times I met with Bostic, he was aloof and totally disinterested. I never approach celebrities if seen in public as I respect their privacy. But seeing Bostic was irresistable given our loyalty to the 'Skins, but we didn't interrupt his dinner or conversations with other people. He was basically a dick and just looked at my family as if we were hitting him up for money or something. We didn't even ask for an autograph, we just wanted to say hello and that we were big Redskin fans and had watched him pancake D-lineman for many years. Our boys were bummed that he wasn't very friendly and I lost a little respect for him because of his smugness. However, when my wife worked in Bethesda for a company that contracted with the Redskins back in the "salad" days (mid to late 80's), she met many players and coaches and never encountered one that wasn't nice or friendly. Pettibone, Monk, Mann, Butz, and later on Earnest Byner, all were class acts and many times initiated conversations with my wife and her co-workers. Those were the days I guess.
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:10 PM   #101
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I was last in line for Coach Byner this past Spring, he signed my card, posed for a picture and answered my question about coming two yards shy of being the first Redskin to have three consecutive 100 yard seasons. He is every bit as nice as people describe.

Taking a distant second is Mark Rypien. He takes the time to talk and makes sure you see his Super Bowl ring.

Charles Mann is great with fans as is Joe Thiesman and Joe Jacoby.
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:51 PM   #102
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When my father was working for Princess Jewlers is Vienna, VA ( LOTS of former/current player shop there) I met a few 'skins Sam Shade, Joe Jacoby, Darrell Green (who is the only skin i was dissapointed with, He really was my fav. growing up, but was kind of a a-hole when every time I met him) Brian Mitchell is by far the coolest player i have ever met period. He probably sat there talking with me and my Dad for close to an hour, about football, life, the way he approached the game. The guy has a great sense of humor! One time i was there and Brian was there talking with my dad and I (late in the first season he was in philly) and Darrell Green came in (skins had already been mathimatically eliminated from the post season by then) After talking for a few minutes BM told DG "I know how you can make it to playoffs" DG replied "Really? Hows that? We are already out" and BM told him "Ill save you a seat in my box" and cracked up... One of the best memories I have.

As for the worst I met Mike Tice back when he played for Minn. I was like 5 and he was a total d-bag to me and my dad.. he was the first pro i had ever seen in person and he was really shitty to us.
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:11 PM   #103
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When my father was working for Princess Jewlers is Vienna, VA ( LOTS of former/current player shop there) I met a few 'skins Sam Shade, Joe Jacoby, Darrell Green (who is the only skin i was dissapointed with, He really was my fav. growing up, but was kind of a a-hole when every time I met him) Brian Mitchell is by far the coolest player i have ever met period. He probably sat there talking with me and my Dad for close to an hour, about football, life, the way he approached the game. The guy has a great sense of humor! One time i was there and Brian was there talking with my dad and I (late in the first season he was in philly) and Darrell Green came in (skins had already been mathimatically eliminated from the post season by then) After talking for a few minutes BM told DG "I know how you can make it to playoffs" DG replied "Really? Hows that? We are already out" and BM told him "Ill save you a seat in my box" and cracked up... One of the best memories I have.

As for the worst I met Mike Tice back when he played for Minn. I was like 5 and he was a total d-bag to me and my dad.. he was the first pro i had ever seen in person and he was really shitty to us.
DG has always been that way..... love the way B Mitch cut on him
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Old 12-15-2007, 10:14 PM   #104
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I recently met DG at an opening of Circuit City and got a photo with him and my kids. That was cool. My rents met Theisman at the Kennedy Center. Not sure how that happened. Wouldn't be the first place I'd figure he'd spend an evening. My topper, however, is I just met President Bush at the White House this past Monday. Very, Very cool experience. Kinda bummed that he kissed my wife, a native Texan, but not me. Oh well...Guess the First Lady might not have approved (loud coughing sound). Be well or well...just be.
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Old 12-21-2007, 08:38 AM   #105
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The only player I've ever met is Fred Smoot. It was at the draft day party in 04. The year we drafted ST. He sat at our table for about 20 minutes near the radio booth talking to us about Taylor and signing a few things for me and my father.
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