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Training Camp Tracker

The Redskins dive into preparations for the upcoming season.

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By Mark Viera
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 27, 2008

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

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Days until the Giants host the Redskins in the NFL opener Sept. 4

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TODAY'S SCHEDULE

When: 8:30 a.m. practice open to the public.

Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn.

Admission, Parking: Free.

Updates: 703-726-7411.

FRESH FACE {vbar}Kevin Huntley

DE Kevin Huntley grew up watching Washington Redskins greats Mark May and Darrell Green, and he said he "almost cried" the night Doug Williams led the team to a Super Bowl XXII title because he desperately wanted the Redskins to win.

He lived in Northeast Washington, close enough to RFK Stadium that the clock atop his TV would shake when the team scored during home games. So for Huntley, who signed with Washington as a free agent in January, it has been a happy homecoming. In fact, his mother, Tonya Huntley, who still lives in the District, had the chance to join him yesterday at training camp.

Huntley starred at Carroll High School. He attended Kansas State and then played with the Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons. The opportunity to come back to Washington for his third NFL season was too good to pass up.

Huntley used to stare silently at the TV during Redskins games, Tonya Huntley said, not so much as going to the bathroom. Huntley still can remember the community's depression when the team lost.

"It just seemed like Monday was a little bit slower," he said. "People didn't want to get up and go to work, everybody was talking about the game. When they won, the week go by fast."

When Huntley was in elementary school, his mother bought him a Redskins coat that soon became his favorite piece of clothing. The big, down parka stretched beyond his kneecaps, and it had a whistle in its breast pocket.


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