Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck turned 30 years old on Sunday and celebrated the milestone with a series of meetings, practice reps and film-study.
Beck joked that he feels sharper and more experienced now that he has hit the big three-oh.
“So much more than yesterday, because I’m 30 now,” he laughed. “It was cool yesterday. My kids and wife did something for me. I got to go out to dinner, and now it’s back to football. I’m excited and looking forward to playing the Ravens, a team that I’ve been with. I actually had some friends who were my teammates there call me and wish me happy birthday.”
Beck, who is competing with Rex Grossman for the starting quarterback job, would like to start Thursday as Washington faces the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in the third preseason game. But Mike Shanahan hasn’t announced who the starter will be yet, Beck said.
Leery of his rival, Beck said he will approach any gifts he receives while at Redskins Park with a good deal of reservation.
“I’d be a little worried about any presents coming from anybody in this building. You never know what it might be,” Beck chuckled.