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Vernon Davis explains his abrupt decision to retire from the NFL

Vernon Davis explains his abrupt decision to retire from the NFL

Just hours before the Chiefs and 49ers kicked off Super Bowl LIV this past Sunday, Redskins tight end Vernon Davis announced his retirement from the NFL.

The decision itself wasn't expected, although it was not exactly shocking, either. But the way the tight end made his retirement decision public, in a skit with Rob Gronkowski and James Harrison, seemed a bit odd.

In an interview with Redskins Nation, Davis explained that he didn't plan to announce it in that fashion, but he wasn't upset about it. (Watch the full interview on Redskins Nation on NBC Sports Washington at 5:30 and 11 p.m. on Wednesday).

"It was extremely tough because I didn't plan to do it in that fashion," Davis said. "But it worked out the way it needed to, so I just let it go. It was an awesome skit."


On Monday, the 36-year-old reaffirmed his decision to walk away from the game with a lengthy Twitter post. In the letter, he stated the wear and tear his body endured as the main reason for stepping away from football.

Davis doubled down on those claims on Redskins Nation, stating that the physical nature of football, specifically citing concussions, caused him to hang up the cleats.

"Just the simple wear and tear over time. Especially those concussions," Davis said. "They can take a toll on you in the long haul. It's just better safe than sorry. But if it wasn't for that throughout the course of time, then I probably would have played for the next five years, at least. But I feel like I made a great decision as I move forward."

Excluding the six games Davis missed as a rookie in 2006, tight end only missed eight games over the next 12 seasons due to injury. He was one of the most durable and productive players at his position for nearly a decade.

But in his final season with the Redskins, Davis suffered a concussion during Washington's Week 4 loss to the Giants, one that ended his season, and thus, his career. He missed the final two games of the 2018 season with a concussion as well. Throughout Davis' 14-year career, he suffered five concussions.

Playing in an era that featured Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and Greg Olsen, Davis was one of the most productive players at his position. Although he was named to the Pro Bowl just twice, he finished five seasons with over 50 receptions and eight seasons with 40 or more catches. 

When asked when he will get the moment to reflect on his career and look back at what he accomplished, the tight end could not put a timetable on when that might be.

"As far as my career goes, I've never really had an opportunity to reflect on what I've done, with taking in the accolades and achievements that I've been able to bring together," he said. "I've never had the chance to reflect because I've always been one to be grateful and continue to live in the moment. As far as reflecting, I don't know when I'll be able to do that, to tell you the truth. I'm always thinking about the future and the goals in front of me."

While he feels like he made a "great decision," the tight end explained he will miss his teammates and the little things that come with being a football player the most.

"I'm going to miss the people, particularly my teammates as well as the organization. There are some wonderful people in this building.," Davis said. "We only live once and tomorrow is not promised. If I can walk in here and see a beautiful smile on your face, or even a conversation with my teammates in the locker room, that's the best part. That's living. That's life. You can't take that for granted. You can't trade that for anything."

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There are a ton of creative Redskins jersey mock-ups on Twitter, so let's rank them

There are a ton of creative Redskins jersey mock-ups on Twitter, so let's rank them

It's a Saturday in early June and live major sports haven't happened in like nine years. That means it's the perfect time to rank Redskins jerseys.

There's a twist to this set of rankings, though — the threads you're about to see don't even exist. Trippy, right?

While Ron Rivera is changing just about everything about his new franchise, it sure seems like Washington's uniforms aren't getting any sort of update. But that hasn't stopped tons of Twitter users from coming up with some very interesting mock-ups.

So, here's a list of some of the more notable ones that are out there, starting with the worst and working up to the sweetest.

What, you have something better to do this weekend than check out hypothetical unis? Course you don't. Get to scrolling...

6) Here, the Burgundy and Gold becomes the Gold and Gray/Grey (why does such a boring color have multiple spellings?):

No thanks. Analysis over. Moving on.

5) OK, so the look above is really the only heinous one. The rest, starting with this white-on-white proposal, are all varying levels of fresh:

The white facemask in this mock-up is a subtle yet excellent idea, because white facemasks always work. The simple number with no trim is nice, too.

The problem here, though, is that Dwayne Haskins appears like he's taking snaps for USC and not the Redskins. This is a solid concept, yet one that still needs some adjustments to make it top-notch.


4) The selling point for No. 4 is that it brings back the beloved spear, then puts the beloved spear on a matte helmet:

The rest is fine, but the helmet on its own is a 24/10. 

3) This ensemble delivers, as it gives off some serious Capitals-at-the-2015-Winter-Classic vibes:

Some fans seemed to get upset over the inclusion of some Cowboys-like stars (nothing like getting mad over something that isn't real!), but overall, this is sharp, even though it's not that complex. 

2) Bruce Allen was never pro-Color Rush (or pro-winning games), so the Redskins never got close to wearing gold jerseys. If they ever did in the future, however, hopefully they'd be as gorgeous as these:

The DC flag on the shoulders is dope and, yep, so is the white facemask. Unfortunately, this creation just barely lost out to the winner of this theoretical list.   

1) Here's a uniform that would feel totally new and throwback at the same time:

That helmet? Beautiful. The grey facemask? Nailed it. The gold on the shoulders? Uh-huh. The white numbers with no outline? Yes please.

In all, this is a perfect design, and one that would make every contest more pleasurable to watch. Even the ones that end with mostly visiting fans having a party at FedEx Field. 


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WATCH: Dwayne Haskins throws a dart to Steven Sims during Friday workout

WATCH: Dwayne Haskins throws a dart to Steven Sims during Friday workout

While coaches and staffs across the NFL were allowed to report to team facilities for the first time in months on Friday, the league has yet to allow players to return just yet.

But not being able to work out at Redskins Park has not stopped second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins and some of his receivers from getting some work together during this pandemic-ridden offseason. Just last week, the QB posted a picture of him with three of his fellow second-year veterans, wideouts Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims Jr. and Kelvin Harmon.

On Friday, Haskins was seen throwing deep passes to Sims, and popular burgundy and gold fan page Redskins Today reposted the footage on Twitter.


On this route, Haskins hits Sims perfectly in stride on a vertical route down the seam, and the second-year receiver caught the pass perfectly in stride. Sims had a fantastic end to the 2019 season and the undrafted wideout could play a much bigger role for Washington next season.

Haskins, too, is expected to make a significant jump in his second season. New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has stated he intends to enter training camp with Haskins as the starter, and the quarterback has used this offseason to get into, in his words, "the best shape of [his] life."


Videos from the workout were documented on filmmaker Joey White's (@officialjoeyw) Instagram story.

Redskins fans hope the extra work Haskins and his receivers are putting in this offseason will translate to success on the field, as Washington finished 31st in total offense and dead last in points per game last season.