The story of the Lion King is one that takes many of us to our childhood, a feel-good story about a young cub going through adversity to become King.
It's a story Redskins new quarterback, Dwayne Haskins Junior, has related to since he was a child himself, having taken on the moniker Simba.
Disney first came out with the movie in 1994 and just released a photorealistic live-action re-make. Haskins made sure he was there for the world premiere in Los Angeles walking the red carpet with his girlfriend Savhana Cousin earlier this month.
"The new Lion King brought so many great old memories!" he tweeted. "A blessing to be a part of. "
Haskins sees many parallels in Simba. He told me before the draft that the nickname first came from when his mom was combing out his hair saying he looked like a lion.
Beyond that, he liked the story of the young cub going through adversity to become King.
"The story behind him growing to king, going through adversity, and having to fall to get up and that's just something that resonates with my story. Everyone sees the highs of everything but not what it takes to get there," he said.
He has even used the story for his own clothing brand as well, Kingdom of Pride.
— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) July 18, 2019
Haskins fell in the draft to number 15 and the Redskins but has every intention of proving he is worthy of the pick and one day winning what he declares will be multiple Super Bowls.
That would certainly fall in line with the story of Simba taking back the kingdom.
MORE REDSKINS NEWS:
- 10 Training Camp Q's: Improve tight end play
- 'Hamstring who': Guice shares workout video
- Finally: Eight months later, Alex Smith has leg fixator removed