Ryan Clark’s daughter designed his burgundy and gold suit

I have seen plenty of Redskins players wear plenty of notable Redskins-colored gear in recent years. See here, for example. But this suit that Ryan Clark wore on ESPN Tuesday evening — is it burgundy and gold? Maroon and yellow? — can compete with just about anything I’ve ever seen.

And the crazy thing is, it sounds like the suit was actually designed before Clark joined the Redskins. He explained its origins during an appearance on Mark Schlereth’s podcast. The former offensive lineman said it looked like a Redskins alumni jacket, and then asked Clark to explain its origins.

“It’s a cool deal,” the Redskins safety said. “We’re kind of hard on our kids, we want our kids to grow up and be successful people. So we asked our daughter what does she want to do with her life, what can we help her with. And she said she wanted to be a fashion designer. So I said if this is something you really want to do, I’ll try to help you.

“So I reached out to a friend of mine who used to work for a company that did suits for me. I said, ‘My daughter designed some things for me, could you help her make them, could you teach her how to measure me and let her see the fabric?’ And that’s what we did.

“And so she made me three suits last season, also some casual clothes, and this is just one of the suits that I wore. And it’s cool, because it has all my kids’ initials on the pocket, that’s kind of the symbol she came up with it. We got a trademark for her. And so we’re excited. She’s excited about it, she’s excited about getting to go home and watch it on TV today.”

In other words, if I’m reading all that correctly, the color coordination was just a coincidence. Still, he clearly should wear the suit to every Redskins game this season. His daughter, he said, was 14 when she designed this suit, and is 15 now. And she is apparently also telling her parents that if she’s going to be a fashion designer, she needs to upgrade her wardrobe.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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