Snyder signed autographs for a short period of time, and then spoke to the local media for the first time in more than a year.
“It was a good day for us,” Snyder said of the fan appreciation event, which drew an estimated 24,650 fans.
Asked about Griffin, whom the Redskins drafted second overall in April, Snyder said, “I think it’s obviously exciting for everybody. It’s a big deal and we’re just thrilled with [Griffin] as a person, what he stands for, as a Redskin, and it’s exciting for all of Redskins Nation.”
Snyder is now in his 13th year as owner of the Redskins, and since then the team has made the playoffs only three times. Snyder in 2010 hired Mike Shanahan to restore the team back to the ranks of the perennial contenders. But in Shanahan’s first two seasons at the helm, Washington has gone a combined 11-21.
In April, Snyder – known for making high profile signings in free agency – authorized the blockbuster trade that earned Washington the rights to draft Griffin. The Redskins swapped the sixth overall pick of the draft for St. Louis’ No. 2 pick, and Washington also sent a 2012 second-rounder, as well as first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 to the Rams.
Asked about the buzz that Griffin has generated, Snyder said, “I think it’s obviously exciting for everybody. It’s a big deal and we’re just thrilled with him as a person, what he stands for, as a Redskin, and it’s exciting for all of Redskins Nation. … This is a top pick in the draft, a Heisman winner, quarterback. It’s a big deal for anyone, and for Redskins Nation, it’s as good as it gets. It’s exciting for us.”
Snyder said despite two losing seasons, he believes that Shanahan has the Redskins on the right track.
“Everything takes time, as you guys know,” the owner said. “We’re just excited to have [Griffin], and with coach Shanahan building right now, we feel pretty good about the future.”
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