WASHINGTON — Cleats have been and remain one of the best billboards for players to get their messages out to fans.
On a day when players around the league–especially in the Washington Redskins locker room–will be wearing pink breast cancer awareness cleats, teammate Ricky Jean Francois has another cause on his mind:
Francois is one of two Redskins players (Pierre Garcon) with recent family ties to the island, and he and Garcon joined the team’s head of team communications, Tony Wyllie, on a supplies delivery to the island earlier this week.
The delivery came in the wake of the devastation to the island following Hurricane Matthew, a disaster that wiped out 90 to 100 percent of structures in the southern part of the island.
The cleats are a reminder to fans that while the storm has passed and the emergency donations have been made, the real rebuilding effort hasn’t even yet begun.
He wasn’t the only Redskin making a fashion statement, as cornerback Josh Norman immortalized his bow and arrow celebration that got him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. He can now remember the play forever with his socks:
Redskins offensive tackle Morgan Moses uses medical balls with the training staff to help get his core muscles warmed up before every game.
But it’s a thing of beauty to hear the workout keep perfect rhythm with the music being played over the loudspeakers:
Here’s some great inside video (via @Redskins) of Kirk Cousins taking pregame snaps, getting his cadence and timing set for a critical Philadelphia Eagles matchup:
Then, of course, there are the wildly popular position group huddles and pump-up videos from the tunnel to the field at FedExField.
Next, Cousins talking to the offense:
And last but not least, the defensive backs: