There are specific things in and around the American workplace that hint at a certain level of achievement: A corner office, a nameplate on a desk, and an important sounding title are all examples of perks that are given to people who excel at what they do.
Another such example is a special parking spot; one that's located in the most convenient space and has only your name on it, making it permanently reserved just for you.
After making their return from Richmond, where training camp was being held, back to team headquarters in Ashburn, eight Redskins found themselves to be the recipients of the last perk: new, reserved spaces in the facility's parking lot.
Here is a picture, from Redskins.com's Andrew Walker, of which players were given this noteworthy distinction:
— Andrew Walker (@AWalkerRedskins) August 18, 2015
Pierre Garçon, Alfred Morris, Niles Paul, Kory Lichtensteiger, Dashon Goldson, Jason Hatcher, Adam Hayward and Ryan Kerrigan can now all sleep in a little later and stress a little less when they're stuck in morning traffic, because, according to Jay Gruden, they have earned the right to have an indefinite spot for their rides to rest in.
“I thought it was important to reward the guys that we felt like deserved it and worked the hardest, both in the meeting room and on the field, and in the weight and strength room,” the second-year head coach told the site.
Gruden went on to explain that he and a handful of other coaches came up with those players because he felt the need to let them know their hard work in camp was appreciated. He then said he hopes that "other people take their lead."
Seeing big names like Kerrigan and Garçon aren't all that surprising, but other ones, such as Lichtensteiger (who plays an often overlooked position) or Goldson (who is new to Washington), draw the eye. Nevertheless, rewarding people for their extra effort is never a bad idea, and this move provides fans a little extra insight into who coaches think are off to a good start in 2015.
Now, only one question remains: How severe is the penalty for infringing one of the reserved spots?