It started when Vernon Davis, a first-team All-Met selection in 2002 who went on to star at Maryland, caught his first touchdown in 33 regular season games in the second quarter of the Redskins’ 27-20 win over the Eagles on Sunday.
A couple of hours later, Jaguars receiver Arrelious Benn, a first-team All-Met selection in 2006 who spent the past three seasons on injured reserve, caught his first touchdown in five seasons, a 51-yarder that proved to be the difference in Jacksonville’s win over the Bears.
Davis’s younger brother, Vontae, a cornerback for the Colts, capped off the day with his first interception of the season in a loss to the Texans on “Sunday Night Football.”
“It does [make me proud], especially when you know where those guys came from and how hard they worked to get where they are,” Jefferies said. “I had a really small role in terms of getting them started and helping them.”
Jefferies is a Redskins fan, so he watched Vernon Davis’s touchdown live, but said he follows and communicates with many of his former players who went on to the NFL through social media. Two weeks ago, Jefferies messaged Benn after receiving a Google Alert that injuries had forced the receiver to play some tight end for the Jaguars in their win over the Colts.
“He got back to me and said, ‘I’m doing whatever I have to do to get on the field,’ and then he went out and made a big play [on Sunday],” Jefferies said. “They know that I’m rooting for them and I’m supporting them.”
Sunday wasn’t the first time that two of Jefferies’s former Dunbar players scored touchdowns in the NFL on the same day. Josh Cribbs and Vernon Davis both had receiving touchdowns on Nov. 22, 2009. That duo repeated the feat on Nov. 20, 2011.
Jefferies, who brought his Oxon Hill team to FedEx Field earlier this month to see Vernon Davis speak at the Redskins’ annual ”4th and Life” event for high school athletes, wasn’t a fan of the 15-yard penalty that Davis received for shooting the football over the goal posts like a basketball after his touchdown. He took greater issue with one of Davis’s habits from his Dunbar days.
“He’s having fun,” Jefferies said. “You don’t want to hurt the team or anything like that, but the league should let the guys have some fun, and it’s the same thing in high school. If they’re not really taunting or hurting other people, that’s okay. But I’m more critical of him for turnovers and ball security. I text him all the time about not swinging the ball when he’s running with the ball. He did that throughout his high school career.”
With Jefferies in his fifth season at Oxon Hill, the Clippers are 7-0 heading into Saturday’s game against Eleanor Roosevelt. One of Oxon Hill’s top players is junior wide receiver Daniel George, whom Jefferies says is built in the mold of Benn and has more than a dozen Division I offers.
“The kids bought in,” Jefferies said of Oxon Hill’s best start in years. “This is a really good team and I think we’re not getting the credit that we deserve, but staying under the radar is cool, too.”