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City Dogs and a cookie-bearing fan drew raves at the end of Washington's first camp at Bon Secours.
Washington wide receiver Santana Moss works on drills during practice at training camp in Richmond on Wednesday. Camp packed up Friday afternoon.
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III works on passing drills during practice in Richmond on Friday.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Like any good summer camp, the final day brought a flood of memories, emotional goodbyes and anticipation for next year.
The Washington Redskins left town Friday afternoon, concluding a three-week training camp that veteran players described as one of their best camp experiences.
“We came into it not knowing what to expect,” receiver Santana Moss said. “It was the first time in my career I had to leave to go to training camp, but I’ve enjoyed every moment. I can’t wait to come back again.”
The Redskins will practice at their Ashburn facility from now until the season opener on Sept. 9. By the end of the month, the team has to cut its roster from 90 players to 53.
None of that was on the minds of players during Friday’s workout, which ended with a number of kids rushing onto the field.
Fullback Darrel Young said interacting with the kids at the end of practice was one of his highlights, including one little girl he saw a few times who brought him chocolate chip cookies after a practice.
“I ate them all — don’t tell coach,” he said with a laugh. “I call her my little sister. We’re completely different, but whatever.”
The players also enjoyed the atmosphere at the team hotel, the Omni, which hosted a ritual known as “rookie skit night.”
Players new to the league had to put on a skit for the veterans’ enjoyment. Receiver Nick Williams drew laughs for identifying celebrity look-alikes of each of the coaches and players.
“I’d have to say the best was Kirk Cousins,” said defensive lineman Stephen Bowen. “Even though he’s not a rookie, he did it again because the rookies were horrible. He did an impersonation of coach Shanahan that was funny.”
Other players took time to enjoy the dining and nightlife in Shockoe Slip. Running back Chris Thompson offered high praise to the Cincinnati Dog at City Dogs.
“Probably the best hot dog I’ve had in my life,” he said.
Players said pranks were kept to a minimum at the request of the coaches, and were mostly limited to calling each other’s rooms at late hours pretending to be coaches.
“Coming out to training camp allows us to be even bigger kids, because we’re away from our families and stuff, just playing around and goofing off,” defensive lineman Kedric Golston said.
He added that Richmond met all his expectations, and “the Southern hospitality is something that’s second to none.”
By Friday evening, the show had packed up and moved on. The weight room was disassembled Thursday night, and Friday’s practice had minimal full-contact work.
Running back Alfred Morris lingered for more than an hour after practice to sign autographs and say farewell to the city he hopes to return to next July.
“It was a good time in a great city,” receiver Pierre Garcon said. “They showed us a lot of love.”
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