Standing in line at Popeyes these days is more suspenseful than the wait to find out who the Redskins' three 2018 Players of the Year were. But still, that doesn't mean the trio of winners don't deserve immense recognition.
On Wednesday, Tress Way, Ryan Kerrigan and Adrian Peterson were designated as the team's standouts from last season due to their work on their respective units. They were given their awards at the 58th annual Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon and each took the time to reflect on what they accomplished.
As usual, Way started off with some comedy. He stepped up to the podium after a highlight video featuring a montage of him bombing punts and mentioned how he's "definitely going to need a copy of that" because it was "pretty sweet."
Eventually, though, Mr. No Touchback did get serious about what the honor and his career in Washington means to him.
"My kids, my grandkids, my great grandkids, they'll get to see that I was a part of this franchise," he said.
Next up was Kerrigan, who notched his fourth double-digit sack campaign of the past five years in 2018. To no one's surprise, the pass rusher was very gracious in his acceptance speech.
"I want to thank our coaching staff," Kerrigan said. "You guys have really helped me take my game to another level and become a better player, and also become a smarter player."
Last up was Peterson, the future Hall of Famer. The moment was not lost on 34-year-old, as he recalled how the Burgundy and Gold took a chance on him late last summer when he was a still a free agent.
"Around this time, last year, two weeks before this luncheon, I was at home," he explained.
Of course, Peterson would go on to rush for more than 1,000 yards for the Redskins, a performance few saw coming. And in his closing remarks, he indicated he has plans to repeat that success in 2019.
"God willing, I'll accept this award next year."
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