There’s something to be said for someone who is able to get help from his friends at any time, no questions asked. Former Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is just that person.
“It’s no secret that Zo and I are friends, family as I call it,” Redskins defensive end Kedric Golston told me last week. “So anytime he needs me, it doesn’t matter what it’s for or what it is, the heart that he has for children and for community, so I’m here. Any time he asks me to do anything.”
Golston was talking to me during one of Alexander’s many charity events in Washington on Thursday. The event was in conjunction with Georgetown Hospital and FedEx, and Golston had no particular connection to either entity. Neither did Falcons guard Justin Blalock and former Redskin Oshiomogho Atogwe, who both showed up after being asked by Alexander to lend a hand. They, along with Redskin Josh Morgan, told me that when their friend called, they came without question.
“That’s what friends do,” Alexander said when I asked about the loyalty. “They’re there for me when I need them, and I make sure I’m there when they need me.”
Despite now playing for the Arizona Cardinals, Alexander still focuses much of his charity efforts in the D.C. area.
“When he left here, no one would have faulted him for just doing events in Arizona,” Golston said. “But to see him come back here just speaks to the dedication and the bond he’s built with this city. No matter where you are, he’s always trying to make a difference.”
Golston is easily Lorenzo’s closest Redskins friend. The two spent their years together in Washington with side-by-side lockers. They, along with their wives, opened a fitness studio in Ashburn and remain as close as ever.
“Obviously he’s in Arizona and I’m happy he was able to put himself in a situation to do that. Our bond goes deeper than miles can separate us,” said Golston, who considers Alexander family and admitted that he misses his former teammate. “The player that he is, the man that he is, the leader in the locker room. For the first time in seven years I had somebody different to the left of me. But I was fortunate to play with him.”
Alexander has a special place in his heart for both Golston, and the city he says still feels like home.
“I played here for seven years,” he said. “The community supported me while I was here and this became home for me. I still feel the need to come back and support it and help the kids in any way I can.”
Golston insists that Alexander’s community service in D.C. comes from a much deeper place than just a feeling of loyalty.
“When all is said and done in the business, all you have is the relationships that you built in the business,” said Golston. “Zo’s been doing this for as long as I can remember. When we first got to Washington, he was doing events for children, helping out inner city kids, coming to the hospital, Wounded Warriors. That’s what makes him so special. This is a guy you can tell has a true heart for community.”