Dan Snyder doesn’t often do media interviews mid-season, but he did six minutes of one-on-one on Thursday. With a fifth grader.
“That’s probably the most thorough interview I’ve done in a long time,” he said when it was over. “That was great. I enjoyed that.”
Here’s how it happened. Sullivan Carr, an 11-year old from Leesburg, is a sports lover who does most of his book reports on athletes, his father explained to me. Last year, he wanted to do a book report on Under Armour’s Kevin Plank, but no books had been written, so he wrote to Plank and asked for a meeting.
Plank invited Sullivan to Baltimore for lunch, which led the boy to write to other local notables. This being football season, and Sullivan being a huge Redskins fan, he wrote to Snyder, mentioning how big a fan he is, and that he wanted to do a report on his favorite team, and that he could get a ride to the Park, and maybe could he get 15 minutes with the owner. He received an invitation to swing by, and the segment wound up being filmed for Redskins Nation, the team-produced show on Comcast SportsNet.
“Wait? What are you doing? What are you doing here?” Larry Michael asked Snyder, when the owner entered the studio.
“Hey, Sullivan hi, Dan Snyder,” the owner said. “I love it. I’m here for my interview. I don’t do too many. Fire away....That’s a lot of questions Larry. Go ahead.”
Some of the interview is below; you can watch it all here. It wound up being a tad over 6 minutes long. D.C. beat writers, I’d recommend you write a letter to the team, requesting an interview for a book report.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Like every kid, probably, in sports. I wanted to play sports like every kid growing up. But I loved the advertising business, the marketing businesses, and journalism, like my father was in.
Who were your heroes when you were my age?
Sonny Jurgensen, Sam Huff, Billy Kilmer and George Allen
What did you like most about school?
That’s a tough question. I wasn’t the best student, but probably sports, phys-ed.
What did you like least about school?
That’s a good question. In the morning, going to school, like every kid.
What were your favorite school subjects?
History, loved history, and mathematics.
How would you describe yourself as a student?
Not the best student. I was a bit of a daydreamer.
What was your first job and did you like it?
I was an ashtray technician. You know what that means? It means I was a busboy. That’s a nice way of saying it. I cleaned up ashtrays in restrooms in the beginning.
When you were younger what is your best memory about the Redskins?
Beating Dallas in, what year was that, with George Allen, ’72. Yeah, '72.
Who was your favorite Redskins player of all time?
I don’t have a favorite of all time. I’m really close friends with Sonny, so I’d have to say Sonny, but I love them all, I love the entire alumni. They’re all family. Love Pat Fischer, because he was my size and he packed a wallop. He was a great, great player. But I love and admire them all.