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Ryan Kerrigan is not phased by being left off the NFL Top 100 players list

Ryan Kerrigan is not phased by being left off the NFL Top 100 players list

BY ALEXIS DOWNIE

Ryan Kerrigan knows he has one job to do, make plays. 

With the NFL Network Top 100 list leaving off Kerrigan for yet another year, JP Finlay asked Kerrigan during a 1-on-1 interview on Day 5 at training camp about his reaction to it. Kerrigan responded by saying that, “It’s really kind of an inconsequential thing if you look at some of the guys on it.”

While it may not bother Kerrigan, it raises the question of whether he is receiving the national respect he deserves. 

“It’s tough for me to say,” Kerrigan said. “I really feel like I focus on the the respect and love that I get from Washington so much that the national stuff doesn’t come to mind. Ultimately, I have a job to do and whether people talk about me or not, I got to go out there and make plays.” 

With 13 sacks last season, Kerrigan ranked second among outside linebackers in the NFL. Hoping to have his numbers pop this year, he is shooting high for 20 sacks. This could create the talk around his name that he’s looking for.

Also playing on the defensive side, Finlay asked Kerrigan to describe Preston Smith in one word. And that word was "breakout."

“We all have high hopes for Preston and I know he has high hopes for himself,” he responded.

Beginning his fourth season with the Washington Redskins, this could be the year for Smith. Appearing in every game since joining the team, his role has played a heavy part in defensive success.

“You’ve seen glimpses and moments of it from the past,” Kerrigan said. “When he puts his whole thing together, he’s going to be a nightmare for opposing offenses.” 

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Winning a truck is DeAngelo Hall's fondest 2011 Pro Bowl memory

Winning a truck is DeAngelo Hall's fondest 2011 Pro Bowl memory

In the midst of the Pro Bowl being underway former Redskins’ defensive back DeAngelo Hall took a trip down memory lane. 

During Good Morning Football this week, the 2011 Pro Bowl MVP DeAngelo Hall said his favorite memory from the Pro Bowl wasn't exactly anything that happened on the football field.

You would think he would mention his impressive performance which included six tackles, an interception and a fumble returned for a touchdown. 

But no. His highlight of the day was winning a truck for his MVP performance. 

“I told my buddies going into it I wanted to buy a truck so I said hey, if I win this MVP I don't need to buy a truck so I called the shot ladies and gentlemen I really did," he said. 

It must have been a really special prize because to this day, he said, he still owns the truck. 

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You have to see this video of Daron Payne buying his mom a house

You have to see this video of Daron Payne buying his mom a house

The Redskins drafted Daron Payne with the 13th overall pick in 2018, changing the big defensive lineman's life immediately. Making the NFL is a dream for many players, but going in the first round means even more. 

It means life-changing wealth, and for Payne, the ability to keep a promise to his mother. 

Not much needs to be added when a video tells the story, but it's worth noting some of the comments from Payne's Instagram page from other NFL players. 

Redskins DL Matt Ioannidis: "This is awesome! Congrats!"

Redskins DB Quinton Dunbar: "She was patient bro that’s everything ❤️"

Packers DE Preston Smith: "Bro that’s a blessing"

Redskins Director of Player Development Malcolm Blacken: "Man this is what it’s all about! 👊🏾👊🏾🔥"

Saints SS D.J. Swearinger: "Yeeeessssirrrr!!!! #congratsfoolie!!! That’s what it’s all about!! Being That Rock & Provider For The Love one!! ✊🏾"

Not the last, but maybe the best was former Redskins DL Ziggy Hood: "My guy I told myself I'm not crying on a sat morning, ✊🏾"

Payne has been one of the Redskins best players since he was drafted. In two years he's logged seven sacks and 112 tackles as a force in the middle of the team's defensive line. 

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