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Seven Things We've Learned About Ricky Jean Francois This Offseason

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As players take their final breaks before training camp, The Redskins Blog will take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we've learned about them, football and otherwise, so far.

Today, we'll focus on defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois.

1. After first signing, Jean Francois didn't know what "HTTR" meant. He quickly learned: It's hard for any new player not familiar with Redskins traditions, let alone the Washington, D.C., area to know the vernacular around here. A tweet asking fans what "HTTR" stood for was answered with a variety of compassion and incredulity.

"I caught grief for that," he said. "I didn't know, but believe me, I know it now. I know it now. I was like, this is my first time, I've got to learn the coaches, [what] 'DMV,' 'HTTR' stands for. There's a lot of things I've got to learn."


Check out images of veteran defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois during his first few months as a Washington Redskin.

  1. His signature dance move is the Peanut Butter Jelly Dance, and he's gotten love from Smuckers: **Back in April, Jean Francois shared his special dance on a home video as he spread jelly onto his sandwich. It's become his sack dance celebration, and Smuckers even sent him a gift basket. Yeah, he's serious about it.

"That's a Miami dance we've been doing for so long, and I've seen everyone in the NFL have a signature dance, doing something goofy, and from Miami, we said we always liked that dance, so I said, 'Let me do something that still show in commercials and everything.'"

3. He knew a lot of players on the team before he signed with the Redskins:Jean Francois grew up in Florida and was familiar with Pierre Garçon and Sanatana Moss, who went to Carol City High School in Miami Gardens with him. At LSU, he played with linebacker Perry Riley.

"I was just a kid around the neighborhood. Santana Moss and I played on Carol City Senior High and just seeing a lot of the bigger guys – Andre Johnson – just seeing those guys through our neighborhood and we always wanted to be like them."

4. Jean Francois was really glad to reunite with general manager Scot McCloughan:"That was a guy that stuck his neck out for me a few years back when I was getting drafted. He took a chance on me; it landed big, and [he] did a great job in San Francisco. To be able to reunite with him again, that tells me a lot. …That he* *believes in me and I don't want to disappoint him in any way, shape, form or fashion, or disappoint the Redskins fans."

5. He likes defensive coordinator Joe Barry's scheme a lot:It's no question the Redskins defensive line has a lot of depth and veteran leadership. But Jean Francois is just as excited about how that talent is being used.

"It's more about getting up field and not mirroring," he said. "We're getting up field. We're using our technique. We have an attitude of getting aggressive. We have an attitude of competing, getting after the ball no matter what, and by any means win. I like that attitude. I love that attitude right there."

6. People didn't butcher his last name in Baton Rouge, La.: "It was perfect because everyone knew how to say my name. It was a catchy phrase just saying my last name Jean Francois. Everyone said it. Plus, they had great food to match with my name. Crawfish, that's my favorite."

For the record, it's pronounced "Zhon-Fran-Swah."

7. Jean Francois is a U.S. citizen of Haitian descent and repped the flag at his photo shoot:One of the ways he and Garçon connect off the field is their shared heritage and their efforts to support the country that has been still reeling from the deadly earthquake that hit in 2010. 




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