Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III are neighbors


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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been effusive in his praise of coach Jay Gruden this preseason, describing the “energy that oozes out of Gruden’s pores” and the job he’s done in bringing the team closer together. The quarterback and coach have shared at least one bear hug at practice this training camp.

“It’s really just a good thing to have two coaches who believe in you,” Griffin said of Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay last week.

While Griffin is sensitive that his praise of the new regime is interpreted as a shot at the old one, it’s probably fair to say that he and Mike Shanahan never played board games — not even Trouble or Sorry! — with the other’s family during their two years together.

Which bring us to this anecdote from Dave Sheinin’s insightful profile of Gruden last week:

The Grudens moved into their new home in June, after their youngest son, Jack, finished his sophomore year of high school in Ohio, where Gruden had spent the previous three seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator.

One night soon after their move-in, the Grudens needed to borrow some ice. So they called the neighbor across the street, a nice young man with a nice young wife. The Grudens were all out on the porch, immersed in a game of Scattergories, when Jack spotted someone creeping through the house. All of a sudden, the young neighbor, Robert Griffin III, came bursting out into the porch, holding a bag of ice, and laughing uncontrollably at the stunned looks at the Grudens’ faces.

“He goes, ‘Game night at the Grudens!’ ” Sherry Gruden says. “And he sat down and played with us for awhile.”

“No,” Jay Gruden corrects her. “He won the first game, then got up and left.”

Imagining Griffin playing Scattergories with Gruden and his family makes me smile, especially if I imagine the 20-sided die landing on ‘S.’

THINGS THAT ARE COLD: Shanahan

HOT PLACES: Shanahan’s Seat (double points)

THINGS IN PAIRS OR SETS: Shanahans

THINGS YOU’RE ALLERGIC TO: Shanahans

THINGS YOU REPLACE: Shanahans

Gruden’s new home was featured in Washingtonian’s “Luxury Home Sales” this week:

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and wife Sherry bought a newly built home for $2.5 million at Creighton Farms, a gated golf-course community in Leesburg. The four-bedroom, five-bath French Provincial boasts a wine cellar and a grand walk-in closet/dressing area in the master bedroom. The home comes with access to concierge services and the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. A bonus: Gruden now lives just a few doors away from RG3.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.
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