The Washington Redskins on Wednesday hosted hosted their 54th-annual Welcome Home Luncheon, benefitting the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation & Alumni Association.*
Washington Redskins fans on Wednesday got the opportunity to celebrate the burgundy and gold as the team returned to the nation's capital to kick off the 2015 football season with the 54th annual Welcome Home Luncheon.
The Washington Redskins on Wednesday hosted their 54th-annual Welcome Home Luncheon, benefitting the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation & Alumni Association.
The Welcome Home Luncheon benefits the work of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, which strives to make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of children, as well as the Redskins Alumni Association.
"What it means to us, what it means to the community, it's always been about the kids," Redskins owner Dan Snyder told the crowd Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C. "We started this 16 years ago now, as a commitment giving back to be part of the community. It's been very, very personal for myself, my wife, my family's perspective and we're so honored to do that. Every year it grows and it's because of you all that it happens and I want to thank you so much for all the support, it's been fantastic."
The team's annual award winners were also introduced at the event, highlighting their performance from the 2014 season, and included:
- Bobby Mitchell Offensive Player Of The Year: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (presented by alum Gary Glark)
- Sam Huff Defensive Player Of The Year: Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (presented by alum Ken Harvey)
- Mark Moseley Special Teams Player Of The Year: Punter Tress Way (presented by Moseley)
- Redskins Community Man Of The Year Award: Fullback Darrel Young (presented by alum and team personnel executive Doug Williams)
- Redskins Salute Award: Quarterback Robert Griffin III (presented by U.S. Marines Major General James W. Lukeman)
Redskins President Bruce Allen also announced on Wednesday that Redskins great center Jeff Bostic and linebacker Monte Coleman are going to be the 2015 inductees into the team's Ring Of Fame.
'Spectacular' teamTaking part in his first Welcome Home Luncheon on Wednesday was first-year Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan, who already "bleeds burgundy and gold," Snyder said.
"He has been really working tirelessly since he got here," Snyder continued. "And I believe, I really believe that he has put together a fantastic team. I think you'll be very, very excited."
Of the 2015 Redskins squad, which wraps up its 2015 preseason slate of games Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField, Snyder said, "What I've seen, so far this season, has been spectacular."
"The players on this team are together," he said. "You see it when a player goes down, Niles Paul, and you see what happens as a team, and you see their faces and their tears, and they're understanding that we're all in this together is unbelievable."
You can help
Proceeds from the Welcome Home Luncheon will benefit the youth programs of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Redskins Alumni Association.
Also, for those interested in joining Redskins Salute – the team's FREE military club – please visit www.redskinssalute.com.