During his tenure as Redskins general manager, Scot McCloughan often wore a camouflage Redskins hat to practices and interviews, which sort of became his trademark look. Fans seemed to respond well to the hat — the same way they responded well to his lucky tan game-day suit — and he continued to wear the hat even as his tenure was winding down.
So after he lost his job, his wife, Jessica, came up with an idea: What if they auctioned off that famous camo hat and used the proceeds for something good?
Last week, they put two hats up on eBay — the camo one and a different Redskins hat, both signed by McCloughan. They thought maybe they would fetch about $100, if any fans were feeling particularly enthusiastic.
Well, that estimate was a little low. As of Monday morning, the camo hat’s price is just more than $400, while the other hat already topped $150.
It’s an incredible amount of money for a hat autographed by a former front-office exec. Guys in suits aren’t often the type of men who spark loyalty from sports fans during their tenures, much less after their tenures end. I think this sort of hints both at how fond Redskins fans were of McCloughan — his résumé, his philosophy and his passion — and how much they still like him, even after the events of the past few weeks.
So what are the McCloughans going to do with the proceeds? Their plan is to donate the money raised to the Redskins Charitable Foundation. Which is maybe not what I would have guessed.
“When it’s all said and done, Scot and I are still grateful that we were able to come here, so why not give back to the people that brought us here,” Jessica McCloughan explained. “The Charitable Foundation truly does a ton of stuff for kids in the D.C. area.”
The McCloughans also put the tan suit up for auction on Monday, with the proceeds from that item going to Northern Virginia Family Services, a nonprofit that helps vulnerable families and individuals move toward stability and self-sufficiency. The formal wear , Jessica McCloughan explained, is being sold because her husband “wanted to leave a little something behind for the loyal fans.”
For what it’s worth, the team is also selling autographed McCloughan merchandise. One Washington Post reader, Ryan, noticed some autographed McCloughan footballs for sale at FedEx Field during the team’s recent draft-day event, mixed in with balls autographed by former players. The one ball he grabbed was on sale for $59.95, nearly half off. It’s not clear whether the team will also be donating the proceeds of such items to the Charitable Foundation.