If you’ve been on Redskins.com lately, you’ve seen plenty of items about the new Hail to the Redskins Walk that debuted at FedEx Field’s club level last week. I mentioned this myself last month, when a smaller version went up at Redskins Park, absent the television monitors and ” “Hail to the Redskins” soundtrack.
Anyhow, I wandered up to the club level on Thursday to take a look. A few thoughts.
1) I do love history, and nostalgia, and paying homage to the glorious past. I’m a sucker for all that stuff, whether in tribute to the Redskins, the Bullets, The Washington Post, the design of federal Washington, or the half-smoke.
2) I’d like to see this opened up to every Redskins fan at FedEx Field. People on the 100-level concourse get to see a green thing on the floor painted to look like a football field, fans doing pull-ups and ads for Ivan Carter. This is kind of cooler. Shouldn’t have to pay to see it.
3) The huge image of LaVar Arrington made me smile, and not just because LaVar just invited me to his Halloween party. He was almost certainly the team’s most popular player of the last decade, and it’s nice to see that any personal conflicts don’t keep him off this space.
4) The current players pictured were Santana Moss, Chris Cooley, Brian Orakpo and London Fletcher. Can’t think of four better players to include.
5) Yes, as previously mentioned, there is a large photo of Snyder, though there are also photos of George Preston Marshall and Jack Kent Cooke.
6) Since some of you asked, here is the text of the Snyder image.
7) This would give me nightmares. What an awesome image.
8) The old clips might be the coolest part, although the captioning was kind of messed up. People will gather around these monitors in great crowds, though.
9) You don’t need a Hail to the Redskins Walk to realize this, but staring at the images and the captions and the timeline really drives home how many good times there were in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and how many bad times there have been since then. The good times were good, though.