Redskins headed to Japan

Most of the Redskins have never been to Japan. And most probably will never return. That doesn't mean they'll take advantage of this opportunity. Instead, most of the players dubbed it a ''business trip.''

Some would prefer to stay home.

''I'm going to see if I can find some American channels on TV and find a cheeseburger or two,'' tackle Jon Jansen said. ''I don't want to get lost or get left there, so I'm going where I'm told and then come home.''

But some will sample the culture.

''It gives a lot of us a chance for a new setting, a new experience,'' Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, who has been to Spain, Germany, France and London, said. ''I'm not close-mindsed so if I can understand the [language], I'm open to learning it. It will add something to my language bank. I'll come back and do an interview in Japanese.''

The Redskins were lectured on how much fluids to drink on the plane: 20 ounces for every hour of the approximately 15-hour flight. They had to wear compression socks for circulation and they were told to get up every so often and walk around, so they wouldn't develop a case of embolism.

Before they left, the Redskins had to make sure the Japanese chefs would cook portions suitable for 300-pound men.

''That's a tough one,'' Dan Wilkinson said. ''I've thought about that for three months, about what I'll eat there. We'll see what I get. I have to get something on the table that's chicken or beef. I don't want to eat any horse or cat.''

Left tackle Chris Samuels promoted this game with a trip to Japan in the spring. He liked what he saw. And he enjoyed a sumo wrestling match.

''The real Big Daddy over here looks like a little daddy compared to those guys,'' Samuels said. ''Over here, a guy 500-pounds, most women would look at him and be disgusted. Over there, they have four or five women on each arm. I might move over there when I retire.''


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