by Brian McNallyBy Brian McNally

ASHBURN — The Redskins have their share of prominent fans. NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is one.

But none can match Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who has become friendly with Washington owner Dan Snyder and addressed the team at their National Harbor hotel before Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

In town for a charity event, McConaughey was staying at the same hotel. It made perfect sense to bring him over and speak with the players. The unplanned chat went over well – even if the message was a little muddled.

“I don’t know what his message was, man,” Gruden said. “I just know that everybody was looking at him in awe. He’s a heck of a guy, a big Redskins fan. He got the team fired up and if we have to fly him in, we will. That’s up to Dan.”

Don’t expect to see McConaughey in Atlanta next Sunday. But he’s been a guest at Redskins Park before. During the team’s organized team activities (OTAs) in early June of 2014, McConaughey visited and watched from the sidelines with Snyder wearing an old-school gold Redskins tee shirt with the “R” logo in a circle. He later attended a charity event hosted by running back Alfred Morris.

McConaughey is a football fan at heart. An Austin native, he’s a huge University of Texas supporter and is friends with former coach Mack Brown and has met former Longhorns and current Redskins Colt McCoy, Keenan Robinson and Jackson Jeffcoat.

“It wasn’t planned or anything like that,” Gruden said. “He was there, so we just invited him over. Huge Redskins fan, had a good talk to all of our guys and got them fired up. That’s it.”

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