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Willie Parker on the Redskins: “They don’t care about football”

Larry Johnson, Clinton Portis, Willie Parker

Washington Redskins from left, running backs Larry Johnson (27), Clinton Portis (26) and Willie Parker (39) at the NFL football team’s training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Tuesday, Aug., 10, 2010.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


It’s hard to imagine two organizations more diametrically opposed over the last decade than the Redskins and Steelers. The differences aren’t just in the front office and ownership.

Willie Parker, who had a cup of coffee with Washington last year after six years in Pittsburgh, says the players have a different attitude too.

“Being in Washington, they don’t care about football. I didn’t feel good from day one there. They weren’t about football. They were about partying. . . . You appreciate Pittsburgh a little bit more after going somewhere else,” Parker said on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh Tuesday.

Parker still wants to play and says he was playing hurt last preseason in Washington, which is why he was lacking explosion.

“If I had my choice, I’d go back to Pittsburgh with my boys,” Parker said, before recognizing that’s not likely to happen.