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Redskins great Charles Mann, part of the 70 Greatest Redskins, a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champion, will complete a 32-year long journey on Saturday when he receives his college degree from Strayer University.
Drafted by the Redskins in 1983, Mann never completed all of his course work required for graduating at the University of Nevada, and after winning the Super Bowl in his rookie year, he struggled to finish classes at George Mason University.
In 2010, he travelled to Southern California to see his daughter graduate. It made him realize what he had never fully accomplished.
"As happy as I was for her that day, I was sad for me," Mann said in an interview with the Washington Post. "I said, 'Wow, she completed something that her dad never completed.' And it just stuck in my craw, and I wanted to do something about it."
Mann found some contacts associated with Strayer and saw he still needed 24 credits for a degree. That led to three years of night school, sitting in front of the class, always attentive, ingratiating himself with his classmates and professors.
Saturday, at the Verizon Center, he will be a keynote commencement speaker and earn his diploma cum laude.
"I'll be right there, cheering him on," his youngest daughter Casey said. "My dad never starts something and doesn't finish it. There was no doubt he was going to finish. I didn't know when, but I knew there was going to be a graduation for sure."
Mann will also continue working with Strayer for a video series and will begin work on an MBA at Strayer this summer.