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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Willie Parker says Redskins were about partying not football

There’s an entire blog cottage industry devoted to NFL players comparing the Steelers organization with the Redskins organization in radio interviews. Ryan Clark did it. Antwaan Randle El did it. And now Willie Parker — who had the shortest tenure in Washington of the three — has done it, with the strongest language yet.


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During an appearance on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan Wednesday morning, Parker — who was briefly with the Redskins last summer — said he wants to be back in Pittsburgh, and then elaborated why.

“The players, the coaches, we take care of each other,” he said. “The coaches take care of the players. The chemistry we have in Pittsburgh is just amazing. Being in Washington, oh man, they just don’t care about football. I didn’t feel good from day one there.

“It was just crazy, just seeing how their fans come. They have about 3,000 fans, [and players would] be geeked up, like we’ve got so many fans out here today. When you’re in Pittsburgh, there’s so many fans, you ask yourself, are they working today? Are they taking off their jobs? I mean, every single day you have fans supporting you in practice and training camp.

“[In Washington] they weren’t about football; they were about partying and stuff like that. When you’ve got one person trying to come in and be straight about football, I mean, it’s never gonna work. You appreciate Pittsburgh a little bit more after going somewhere else and seeing what another team has to offer.”

Then the hosts asked Parker to discuss the differences between Dan Snyder and the Rooney family, which wasn’t at all a leading question.

“You know, that’s a big difference, that’s a major difference,” Parker said. “You have an owner that just tosses money everywhere, and you have an owner that have a blueprint. They’re gonna do it their way: they bring players in, they get a few free agents each and every year, and those free agents are gonna help them some way or another. They don’t have to bring in no major big names or whatever that are gonna mess up their blueprint.

“They definitely know what they’re doing. When you compare and contrast, the Rooneys definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to football.”

Parker also said he was slowed by a groin injury during his entire tenure in Washington, and that he was never able to show his true abilities.

(Via Pro Football Talk)

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