Every day of training camp, The Redskins Blog will feature a devoted Redskins fan and tell their story.
Fifteen-year Naval veteran Jeffrey Deering is a lifelong Redskins fan. Born just six days before the team's 1983 Super Bowl victory, Deering soon discovered his love for the team from his father. "I'm a second generation [Redskins fan]," Deering said. "My father became a Redskins fan [because] he was in the Army for a few years and stationed at the Pentagon, so he became a Redskins fan there."
Check out these images of the Redskins reaching out to their fans Monday July 31, 2017, at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.
Reminiscing about great players of the past, Deering identified Redskins legends that made an impact on him at a young age.
"When I was growing up Art Monk was still a big one, in my time from my childhood," Deering said. "Him and [John] Riggins, they were big."
Today, he finds every player an asset to the team, but singles out DeAngelo Hall for his loyalty and hometown roots.
"It's hard to pick favorites," Deering said. "I like [DeAngelo] Hall. He's been with the team for [nine] years and he's actually from Chesapeake, Va., which is right around the corner from where I'm at now, which is cool."
Raised in Alexandria, Va., and now stationed in Virginia Beach, Va., Deering has cheered for the Redskins both home and abroad. Watching the team brings familiarity and comfort no matter where he is.
"A couple times on the ship, I've got to watch a game or two here or there," he said of his time deployed. "It's nice to have a little piece of home."