The Washington Redskins held their annual voting for team captains and selected left tackle Trent Williams as offensive captain, safety Dashon Goldson as defensive captain and punter Tress Way as special teams captain.
It’s the fifth straight year that teammates have selected Williams as captain.
“I’ve kind of gotten used to that part, being a leader, being the guy a lot of people look up to,” Williams said. “You know, being the older guy in the locker room takes a little bit to get used to. I still feel like I’m young, but everybody looks up to me like an older guy. It’s kind of weird.”
Williams added, “I take extreme pride and honor in knowing that the guys vote me to be on the front lines, represent this team, this offensive unit. So it’s a huge privilege to me. I look forward to, relish that role and be a better leader than I was last year.”
Goldson, whom Washington acquired via trade from Tampa Bay, immediately assumed a leadership role on the defense and so his selection as defensive captain came as no surprise.
Washington lost both Niles Paul and Adam Hayward to season ending injuries, and one of the two would have served as special teams captain if healthy.
Teammates gave Way the honor as he comes off of his first season with the team and averaged 47.5 yards per punt, which was tied for first in the NFL. The honor came as a surprise to the punter.
“I don’t know how long I’ll get to play this game or the accolades I’ll get on the field,” he said, “but when Coach called out my name that the guys voted for me. A lot of these guys, I’ve been watching them since high school or college. For the guys to see me that way … I was honored. It’s such an incredible feeling.”
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