Sunday, August 9, 2009

August 9: Happy Bday Doug Williams

Happy birthday Doug Williams. Doug played 4 season with the Redskins from 1986-89 appearing 21 games. As a starting quarterback during that time he delivered only 5 regular season wins. But, for one playoff run, for 1 special day, and for incredible quarter… Williams will never be forgotten. Super Bowl XLIII MVP, throwing for 340 yards and 4TD’s. He played that game after having 6 hours of root canal surgery the day before and not sleeping well for several days. He also tore his knee up in the first quarter; he had to have surgery to repair it after that game. I love Doug Williams, you must watch the YouTube below. In retirement he succeeded the legendary Eddie Robinson as head football coach at his alma mater Grambling State University. He is now the director of professional scouting for the Tamp Bay Buccaneers with aspirations of becoming a general manager. I wouldn’t count this man out. Happy 54th Mr. Williams.

Happy birthday Deion Sanders. Deion had a hall of fame 14 year career…except the one year he played for the Redskins. Deion signed a 7 year $56 million dollar contract with the Redskins prior to the 2000 season. He was part of a free agent class that included Bruce Smith and Jeff George and we all know how that ended. Deion sleepwalked thru one season, intercepting 4 passes and averaging 7.4 yds on punt returns. He also threw in a kick return for –1 yard. No touchdowns, no “primetime.” After the season Deion retired so he could keep most of the $8 million signing he received…basically stealing money from the Redskins and giving them dead cap space in return. Of course he came back to play a few years later after he became a free agent again. You can now see Deion on the NFL network, or on MTV Rock and Jocks being schooled by Nelly. Happy 42nd Mr. Sanders…I’m still bitter.

Happy birthday Hunter Smith. Hunter was brought in this season to cure the Redskin’s punting woes. He’s averaged 43.4 yards per punt during his career and may be the best holder in the history of football. Zorn made a point to talk about him to the fans at fan appreciation day, noting how long his punts are and how much hang time they have. That all sounds good to me, I think our Punters cost us a game or 2 last year! Welcome to Washington Mr. Smith and happy 32nd!

Happy birthday Jarvis Hayes. Jarvis played 4 seasons with the Wizards from 2003-2007. He appeared in 226 games averaging 8.9 points per game. He was named 2nd team All Rookie after his rookie season. Jarvis currently plays for the Nets and has his own website. Happy 28th Mr. Hayes.

Cheers and Hail

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