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Pierre Garcon's pizza business appears to be taking off

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Pierre Garcon's pizza business appears to be taking off

BY PETER HAILEY

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon is putting both his hands and his smarts that have helped him become such a successful NFL wideout into another career that he intends to stick with long after he hangs up his jersey for the last time: restaurant franchising.

In an effort to diversify himself and give him some options once he stops playing on Sundays, Garcon has decided to become an active restaurant franchiser with SpinFire Pizza, an establishment that allows customers to build their own pizzas and then churns out the creations in just 90 seconds, according to its website. In a recent interview with NewsOne Now to promote his business, Garcon mentioned how the financial troubles that many pro athletes encounter after they can no longer play was a big reason why he was initially motivated to get involved with SpinFire.  

"It's definitely hard to understand that this won't last forever, because it's so good when it's coming in," he said. "You'll be like, 'Oh, I'm making so much that I can live like this forever,' but when things stop coming in, it's a reality check." 

SpinFire's first location hosted a grand opening last October in Ashburn, an event that was attended by Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins among many other of Garcon's fellow Redskins, and opened a second location in downtown Rosslyn this past April. Garcon went on to discuss how he and his partners are looking to expand the brand throughout the DMV and onto college campuses as well. 

But while Garcon has looked to get his Redskins teammates involved as franchisees, he hasn't gotten anyone on board yet. With that being said, he could try and sell his burgundy and gold peers on the similarities between sports and business, which he thinks are pretty clear.

"It's just like football. We've been doing football since we were in elementary school, so now we just go out there and it's second nature to us. Once I'm in the business for a long time, it will become second nature."

However, Garcon is an NFL player, and NFL players are busy with all sorts of workouts, practices, and games. Therefore, #88 won't be making too many appearances in his restaurants, right? Wrong.

"I'm always in there," he said. "I'm in there making pizzas, actually putting on social media that I'm in there throwing dough, making pizzas for customers. I'm in there helping out because I want to learn."

Learning how things work isn't the only reason Garcon shows up, though. He also is sure to see things first hand so he can then act like his coach Jay Gruden and boss people around -- but not get any sideways looks from his workers when he does so.

"I can't tell one of the employees what to do if I don't know what I'm doing."

For a guy who's gotten used to hearing 90,000 cheering fans celebrate after his clutch catches and thrilling touchdowns, one would think making and selling pizza would be a bit of a downgrade from playing in front of a packed FedEx Field. However, Garcon finds just as much pleasure in making customers happy as he does in making opposing cornerbacks sad.

"I enjoy pleasing people, I enjoy serving people, I enjoy seeing a product and actually seeing someone happy about it," he said. "That's the best thing, when someone says, 'Oh, your pizza tastes good,' or 'Oh, your servers are great.' It's one of the great things that I'm happy to hear."

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Redskins Trey Quinn and Jordan Reed were ready for emergency quarterback duty after Alex Smith's injury

Redskins Trey Quinn and Jordan Reed were ready for emergency quarterback duty after Alex Smith's injury

FedExField — The last we saw Redskins rookie wide receiver Trey Quinn was the third quarter of the first game of the season on Sept. 9. 

Sunday afternoon against the Houston Texans, in his first game back from a right ankle injury, Quinn found himself a heartbeat away from playing quarterback. 

That wasn’t the plan when the day started. But no one could have known that starting quarterback Alex Smith would sustain a broken leg. With backup Colt McCoy in the game and taking shots all over the place, Quinn and tight end Jordan Reed were the options if another injury struck. 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Quinn was his guy if McCoy went down. Third-string quarterbacks are rarely active anyway, but Washington doesn’t have one on its 53-man roster or its practice squad. 

“If it came to that I’d have to go in there and make some plays,” Quinn said. “I was ready.”

Quinn is no quarterback, but he is a great athlete. At 12 he pitched in the Little League World Series and threw a no-hitter. He still holds the Louisiana state record for receptions (357) and receiving yards (6,566) and played two years at LSU and two more at SMU before the Redskins drafted him in the seventh round with the final selection of the 2018 draft. 

Quinn hurt his right ankle feeling a punt in the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 and just returned from injured reserve this week. 

Reed actually was a quarterback in high school and was recruited at that position by the University of Florida. He even played there some as a redshirt freshman and had three touchdown passes to one interception, but quickly moved to tight end. He, too, was ready – but the coaches weren’t exactly telling him to warm up. 

“Nah. Because you don’t even want to put that in the atmosphere” Reed said.

Jinxes aside, Quinn and Reed didn’t need to step in at quarterback to contribute. Both had big days. Reed caught seven passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Quinn moved right into the slot receiver position vacant for so long with Jamison Crowder hurt and caught four passes for 49 yards. 

Reed and Smith, before his injury, did have a hiccup in the end zone. A pass intended for Reed was intercepted and returned 101 yards for a touchdown by Texans safety Justin Reid. On that 3rd-and-8 play, Reed ran what Gruden called a “swoll” route. But Smith had to step around Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and the nose tackle was looping toward him as well. Reed took an angle toward the ball Smith didn’t expect. 

The quarterback didn’t have clear vision of where his tight end was and had to rush the pass. The result gave Houston a 17-7 lead instead of what could have been a 10-10 game or even a Redskins’ lead.

Reed more than made up for it with his touchdown catch one play after McCoy had to come in for the injured Smith. That catch cut the Houston lead to 17-14 with 4:47 left in the third quarter. 

Quinn, meanwhile, caught a 15-yard pass on a 2nd-and-11 to get the ball down to the Houston 15 with 47 seconds left in the first quarter. Three plays later running back Adrian Peterson was in the end zone and the Texans’ lead was cut to 10-7. 

Quinn also had a 13-yard catch on a 3rd-and-6 in the second quarter to get the ball to the Houston 16. That came on the ill-fated drive that ended with the 101-yard interception return. 

Quinn’s 11-yard catch with 33 seconds to go was Washington’s last one of the game and got the ball to the Houston 45. Three plays later, kicker Dustin Hopkins’ 63-yard field goal attempt to win it fell short.

Quinn was also immediately inserted into the lineup as the punt returner, but the only Texans punt went out of bounds. Expect him back in that role against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.  

“Trey had a real big game for us,” Reed said. “He’s a good player. He’s a real good player.”

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That final holding call surprised Josh Norman just as much as it surprised you

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That final holding call surprised Josh Norman just as much as it surprised you

FEDEX FIELD — It looked like Colt McCoy was going to get a legitimate shot to complete a wild comeback and cap an unforgettable day against the Texans, but a questionable call prevented that from happening.

On a 3rd-and-5 right after the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter, the Redskins defense took down Deshaun Watson short of the line to gain. It looked like the unit had done their job in forcing Houston to kick a field goal, and that McCoy would get the ball back with more than a minute and a half, plus a timeout, to work with. 

But refs threw a late flag from the opposite side of the field and ruled that Josh Norman had held DeAndre Hopkins. That led to a fresh set of downs for the Texans and they ultimately ran another minute off of the clock.

Here's the play, which occurred on the right sideline as Watson was rolling to his left:

After the flag, Norman was quite animated with officials. In the locker room following the contest, he was less animated but still upset and confused.

"It is what it is, you know?" he said. "You play defense. Those plays, gosh, man. You just gotta shake your head."

"We're going at each other," Norman continued. "He ran a out and up on top of it, high shoulder. Play was over, it went to the other side, and then I stopped and turned around and look and see the yellow flag."

The corner, who said it's "always tough" being a defender in today's NFL, was asked to relay the conversation he had with the ref who called the penalty. He chose not to.

"I think I said everything I said on the field to him, so, to repeat that, I think I'm gonna take a pass."

Ka'imi Fairbairn did eventually end up missing his field goal after Washington's defense held up again, but by that point, the 'Skins had used their final timeout and were working with significantly less time. In the end, Dustin Hopkins had to attempt a desperate 60-plus yard field goal that didn't even reach the uprights.

Plenty went on at FedEx Field in the Week 11 matchup, including a season-changing injury and a slew of turnovers. But one can't help but wonder if the outcome would've been different than what it ended up being had there been no call against Norman.

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