Redskins players explain the bucket-hat trend

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

When training camp started last week, a few of the Redskins players hit the field wearing white bucket hats with the team logo on it. It’s a look DeAngelo Hall has sported in the past, and the early wearers seemed to be all defensive backs. But as each day passes in Richmond, receivers, lineman and tight ends are adopting the trend.

RGIII was sporting one today, so it became time to find out why the hats are multiplying.

“Just for the sun,” cornerback Richard Crawford explained. “Maybe a little bit of fashion statement too. I think every day we’re going to get some more people into the DB idea, because the DBs started this.

“It’s the DB way,” he continued. “The DB hat, the DB way, whatever you want to call it.”

Defensive end Kedric Golston laughed when I told him about Crawford’s explanation.

“It would be a DB to say it’s the DB way,” Golston said.

Josh Morgan also disagreed.

“Nah, it’s not a DB thing. It’s a D.C. thing,” the wide receiver said. “The bucket hat in the summer time, it’s like a must-have in D.C. It’s part of your wardrobe. It’s one of the things growing up, all the guys had the bucket hat.”

Golston, who admitted he had a few more years on the other guys, offered a more practical explanation.

“I don’t know if you believe all that,” Golston said of the DB vs. D.C. debate. “Listen, all these hats are free. They give them out to us. I actually own a similar hat to this that I bought at Eastern Mountain Sports a couple of years ago to keep the sun off my face and my neck. Obviously, I’m using it to keep the sun off my face and neck. Some might be using it as a fashion statement.

“I think the kids these days, they call it swagger.”

(Steve Helber/AP)

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)



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