...At the Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon today, Chris Samuels (offense), London Fletcher (defense) and Rock Cartwright (special teams) received awards for their performance last year.
The best introduction came from Jeff Bostic, who got off a few funny lines: "I live in north Atlanta and we hope to get professional football back soon... Dog gone, I don't know what happened to it."
He also implored the players to dream big. As in Super.
"We've been in Super Bowls in the 70s, 80s and 90s," he told the crowd. "It's time. It's time."
He later referred to Samuels as a rock.
...Samuels had the shortest speech. When he was done, emcee George Michael said, "Chris, you still have seven minutes, 10 seconds left."
...Dexter Manley introduced Fletcher, but, really, said nothing memorable. Fletcher, though, had the best acceptance speech. He displayed the leadership that everyone raves about by thanking practically everyone on the defense.
And after Fletcher watched the video of himself, he said, "I got goosebumps looking at that video. That's a hell of a player right there."
...Coach Jim Zorn spoke for just under 18 minutes – some of us had an over-under on 15 minutes; I went over. First he razzed rookie Fred Davis for being shy, apologizing to the people at his table for how little Davis probably said. Then he apologized to Fred Smoot's seatmates for probably not getting a word in.
But Zorn's best story was about the time he played in an NFL alumni flag football co-ed game. He drilled a cheerleader running a pass route over the middle in the nose and broke it. Blood poured everywhere and Zorn thought, "Catch the ball!" He then tossed a ball to a lady in the crowd just to make up for it. Turns out she was pregnant, which made Zorn laugh thinking he might do damage again. The guy has a good sense of humor.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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