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Reed Doughty’s farewell to the Redskins

ASHBURN VA - JUNE 11: Redskins' safety Reed Doughty during the Washington Redskins mini-camp held in their indoor practice bubble at Redskins Park in Ashburn VA, June11, 2013. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post) (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Near as I can tell, only four men played in both Joe Gibbs’s final game as Redskins coach and Mike Shanahan’s final game as Redskins coach: Santana Moss on offense, and London Fletcher, Kedric Golston and Reed Doughty on defense.

Fletcher is retired. Moss and Golston play on. And Doughty, the veteran safety — oft-criticized by fans, unfailingly helpful to media members — said his farewell on Instagram Wednesday afternoon. Here’s his message, which has been edited slightly for clarity:

Last week in the ‪#‎DMV‬. Headed to Colorado when the kids get out of school. Been a good 8-year run with the @redskins. Want to thank the Redskins organization, especially HOF coach Joe Gibbs. He valued character, hardwork and special teams. He believed in me enough to take a chance on me and draft me.

Thanks to my family, friends, coaches, teammates, fans, trainers, equipment managers, and all the people inside the redskins building who I have interacted with for 8 years. Thanks to the people at @VSI_spinemd and @thevtfc for getting me healthy after I thought my career was over prematurely. Most of all I am thankful for the relationships I have built over the last 8 years.

Thanks to my church @cfcwired and our small group bible study. This group has encouraged me and my family, prayed for us, and have become lifelong friends. God never ceases to amaze me. I pray that my life will be a living testimony of his faithfulness, mercy, grace and love. Whether I continue on my NFL journey or transition into a new career, I am thankful. I have my best friend, my wife Katie Deters Doughty, to share life with and raise our boys together. God Bless!

Doughty was taken by the Redskins in the sixth round of the 2006 draft, the No. 173 pick that year. The first time The Post really quoted someone about the safety was during minicamp that June, when Gregg Williams said he was impressed with Doughty’s progression, and repeatedly said he felt a kinship with the rookie.

“I think he’s an overachiever, and I can relate to that,” Williams said. “When he first got here, his head was swimming. He is a guy that overanalyzes everything. He is very bright. He is extremely prideful. He can’t stand making a mistake. He has been an overachiever his whole life.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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