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Doug Williams is getting a street named after him, which makes Magic Johnson very happy

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Doug Williams is getting a street named after him, which makes Magic Johnson very happy

On Friday, Grambling State University plans to honor former Redskins quarterback and current Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams with a street naming ceremony.

Long before he became a Super Bowl-winning quarterback with the Redskins, Williams enjoyed a fantastic collegiate career with the Tigers.

As a four-year starter, Williams led Grambling State to a 36-7 record, where he was a two-time Black College Player of the Year award winner. In his four years, the Tigers won three Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Champions.

Williams played for the Redskins for four seasons from 1986-1989, reuniting with head coach Joe Gibbs, who initially drafted him in 1977 when Gibbs was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Initially signed to be the backup, Williams took over as the starting quarterback following a late-season injury to starter Jay Schroeder in 1986.

Williams went on a legendary playoff run for the Redskins, earning Super Bowl XXII MVP honors as the Redskins defeated the Broncos, 42-10. Williams was the first African-American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl, and thus, the first African-American to win Super Bowl MVP as well.

As Grambling State is set to honor Williams on Friday, one NBA Hall of Famer and a friend of Williams shared his congratulations: Los Angeles Lakers point guard Magic Johnson.

"Doug, I just want to congratulate you man, a street named after you," Johnson said. "You've meant so much to Grambling, but also the state of Louisiana; the NFL; fans like myself, who admire you, respect you, love you. You're a Super Bowl Champion; a Super Bowl MVP, and now, a street named after you."

Congratulations to Williams. From one champion to another, it's pretty cool to see Magic reach out.

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One important thing that Ron Rivera will bring to the Redskins, according to an NFL agent

One important thing that Ron Rivera will bring to the Redskins, according to an NFL agent

What will Ron Rivera bring to the Redskins in 2020 and beyond (well, besides lots of people who worked with him in Carolina)? That's a question everyone's trying to figure out.

Many are hoping for more wins, obviously. Washington's been one of the league's worst franchises for the past decade, while Rivera was a two-time Coach of the Year with the Panthers who made it to the playoffs four times in nine seasons there.

Beyond that, however, there's an expectation that Rivera can also elevate the Burgundy and Gold's day-to-day operations, making the organization more professional, consistent and stable — words that haven't been used to describe their operations in a long time.

In an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast, longtime NFL agent Andy Ross spoke to that second point.

"I will say this," Ross, who reps players such as Morgan Moses and Taysom Hill, told the podcast. "The one thing that Ron really instilled in the players, because I've had players on Carolina, was accountability. These are young men that are growing into men, so he wants to teach them to be strong men, be strong leaders. And I think that's something he's going to bring into Washington."

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The 2019 campaign was beyond chaotic for the Redskins, and one of its major turning points came when Dan Snyder made the decision to fire Jay Gruden after five straight losses to open the year. One of the most popular criticisms of Gruden was a lack of accountability. According to Ross, that won't occur now that Rivera's in charge.

The 58-year-old also possesses another quality that'll be incredibly valuable as he tries to turn around the Redskins, a place that's been plagued by distractions, leaks and fracturing season after season.

"He doesn't allow the outside influence to affect his football team," Ross said. "So I think you're going to see, with the Redskins going forward, that everything is going to be really kept in-house."

Rivera's reputation precedes him. Right after he was hired by Snyder, in fact, Panthers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy said he would tell players in Washington that "one of the best things in your career is about to happen."

Ross is yet another person to echo that kind of praise for the head coach. With each passing day, it sounds more and more like the Redskins landed someone with an approach that's precisely what everyone involved with the team needs.

"They have some really good, young talent," Ross concluded. "And I think he's really going to mold a lot of these young players into really strong men, and that should be good for the culture."

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Ron Rivera sends military veteran to the Super Bowl

Ron Rivera sends military veteran to the Super Bowl

One lucky fan is headed to Super Bowl LIV, courtesy of Redskins head coach Ron Rivera.

Teaming up with USAA and the American Veterans, Rivera is sending military veteran LeCheton “Omar” Settles to Miami. The Redskins head coach tweeted about it on Wednesday.

Settles joined the United States Marines at age 17 and dedicated eight years of his life to service. During his military tenure, Settles spent time as a Field Artillery Cannoneer, Marine Corps Security Force Guard, Martial Arts Instructor-Trainer, and Small Arms Weapons Instructor.

Rivera comes from a military background himself and is using this as a way to reward one military member for his service.

"Inspired by my father’s military service, we always had a strong military appreciation in our team’s culture during my time in Carolina and I plan on continuing that now with the Redskins in Washington, D.C.," Rivera said in the release. "To kick that off, I am privileged to partner with USAA and AMVETS to award a trip to the Super Bowl to Sergeant Omar Settles in recognition of and for his service to our country."    

 

He will meet with Settles on both Friday and Saturday of Super Bowl week at the USAA Salute to Service Lounge in Miami. 

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