Daniel Snyder on DeSean Jackson, charity and leaving the drafting to Bruce Allen [updated]

April 22, 2014

This morning, Roman Stubbs was at Park View High School, where Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder joined the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in announcing a “funding partnership” for a new turf field. The team’s charitable foundation put $100,000 toward the field, an NFL grant program put up another $100,000 and Loudoun County put up $800,000. For more coverage of Park View H.S., visit AllMetSports.com

Snyder spoke with reporters afterward. Here’s a transcript of his comments:

Statement on new field at Park View:

About 15 years ago we started the Fields for Tomorrow Program and we made a difference all across the region. And being based in Loudoun County and loving Loudoun County the way we do, so much, and having our training facility their, we just want to thank [Board of Supervisors] chairman [Scott] York and all the members of the Loudoun County Board. Working together, and having this opportunity for Park View, is something special. And when we see the final completion, we want to make sure you all come out and see it because it ends up being something so dramatic and so touching to the kids. And it’s all about the kids in the end. It’s something very, very important to us, and we’re just thrilled to be able to work together, along with bringing in the NFL, they’ve been great for us, they’ve helped on so many different fields. And I think this will be an opportunity for all the different sports teams as well as the community to see something special, to use this and enjoy it every day. So we thank everybody and appreciate you all coming out today. Thank you.

Responding to a question about giving back:

Because giving back to the kids is what its all about for us. We started out, the foundation is going on its 16th year, and whenever we do anything at the schools and being based in Loudoun County, it just means so much to us to be able to help them out and really participate in the community.

I’ve got two in high school. One going off to college. We see the impact they make as a charitable foundation [that] has really done some great things over the years and give back to the entire community and region, and we’ve enjoyed it and it’s something we’re proud of.

I think for Park View, this goes beyond football. It goes toward all their sports. I think because it’s a synthetic turf, they’re going to use it more it won’t be as limited to football. It’s for all sports, its for their community it’s for their school, and hopefully it helps them with training.

On tension between Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan last year:

First of all we’re moving forward. We’re proud of our quarterback, we’re proud of our head coach. Jay Gruden is working very hard every day. I think that we’ve got a great future so we’re looking forward to it.

On the draft:

Bruce is in charge of that and doing a great job and the scouting department is working 24/7 and they’ve done a lot of work as they do every year. We’ll follow the draft board as we always believe in.

We’re just looking forward to it. Its unusual because the draft is so late this year compared to, it’d be this week actually. So for us it’s a little bit more waiting than normal, but we’re excited about it.

On Griffin’s running:

Whenever you’re coming off a serious injury, it takes time to heal. And he’s 100 percent and is wonderfully healthy. So we’re looking forward to this season.

I think everyone’s excited. I think everyone’s excited.

Daniel Snyder Redskins owner Daniel Snyder waves to fans before a 2013 game at FedEx Field. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

On a new energy at Redskins Park:

I think there is a lot of positive energy and it’s great to see. Everyone’s enthusiastic every day and we just need to translate that to the field, and I think that everyone’s excited. I’m excited. I think we have a great future.

On DeSean Jackson:

That’s going to be exciting, not just the two games against Philly. We got tired of seeing him score a lot of touchdowns against us, and watching him on TV. So its great to have him here.

On what convinced him that Jackson was the right move:

I think that when you look at the fact that the head coach and the general manager said this is the right move, the only thing I can do is support it, and that’s what I’ve done. It’s been great. I’ve spent a little time with him and he’s really a good guy.

On Jackson’s alleged gang ties:

I was reading this morning that he’s got a book on bullying out, and I look forward to reading that. I think he’s someone that’s done a lot in the community. I think you’ll see him here for the Redskins for many years, and he’ll be part of this community. And what we’ll look forward to is obviously great play, but also the fact that, the stuff that I’d love to see to reported is really deservedly so regarding all of his charitable work. And that’s something we ought to focus on. And I think that he deserves a lot of credit for that. Not enough credit has been given to him.

On criticism regarding the Original Americans Foundation:

I wrote a letter to the fans and I think it speaks for itself. And I think it tells you that we did our homework, unlike a lot of people. And we understand the issues out there, and we’re not an issue. The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it’s time that people focus on the reality. Going back to DeSean, we’re looking to him playing for a long time and doing great thing for us.

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Snyder, speaking earlier this offseason:

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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