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Pierre Garcon's pizza business appears to be taking off


Pierre Garcon's pizza business appears to be taking off


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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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 18, 38 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Redskins 53-man roster projection—offense 

It may still be early to project the roster, but things are coming into focus after the round of practices in helmets and shorts. Here is my look at who I think will make it on offense; defense up tomorrow. 

Quarterbacks (2)
Alex Smith, Colt McCoy

I think that Kevin Hogan is very much on the bubble as the third quarterback. They got along with two QBs last year, and with Alex Smith having demonstrated great durability during his career, Hogan may well get bumped off. 

Running backs (4)
Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley

I’d say that this is 95 percent locked in. Maybe Kapri Bibbs or Byron Marshall can make a push for Kelley’s roster spot but his history with Jay Gruden will make it very hard for him to get knocked out. 

Wide receivers (6)
Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Trey Quinn

The first time I did this back in April I didn’t have Quinn on the roster. That was before he was a man among boys at rookie camp and a player who looks like he belongs when the veterans showed up. I don’t know if he’ll have the impact that many fans think he will, but he’s certainly going to get his chance. Brian Quick could steal a roster spot from Harris or Davis.

Tight ends (3)
Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

The Redskins did not draft a tight end or sign one in free agency so there seems to be faith that Reed will be healthy. We’ve heard that before and it seems somewhat risky to leave Davis, who has Father Time nipping at his heels, and the inexperienced Davis as the only two backups. They may try to make room for an undrafted rookie like Hudson Garrett.  

Offensive line (9)
Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Tyler Catalina, Tony Bergstrom

I think that Gruden is probably happy with the starters here but the depth is shaky, especially in the interior. The key could be whether Christian is ready for prime time as the swing tackle. That could allow Nsekhe to fill in at guard. Bergstrom is fine as the backup center, although I wouldn’t want to have to count on him for more than a few games. 

Offensive players: 24
Rookies (3):
Guice, Christian, Quinn
New to the organization in 2018 (5): Rookies plus Smith, Richardson 
Not on 2017 Week 1 roster (11): Rookies plus new plus Harris (practice squad), R. Davis (practice squad) and Bergstrom (not on the team). 

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Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 38
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 52
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 75

The Redskins last played a game 167 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 83 days. 

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

Terrelle Pryor made a number of highlight reel catches last year during training camp, and it appears the Redskins defense didn't like it. 

Washington's marquee free agent signing last season, Pryor came into Richmond with sky-high expectations. Throughout the training sessions last August, Pryor put on one-handed displays at the Jugs machine and often made big catches in team drills. It's also important to remember there was never any live tackling during these drills, leaving defenders at a distinct disadvantage. 

Zach Brown remembers the scene quite well, and thinks it will look very different this summer when Pryor comes to Richmond as a member of the New York Jets. 

"That’s going to be something right there. The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now," Brown said on Inside the Locker Room on the Team 980 (full audio here).

Brown explained that Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not allow the defense to hit Pryor last year, even when the wideout did some showboating. 

"Jay ain't here to protect you anymore," Brown said.

The Redskins linebacker explained that he tried to explain to Pryor that the one-handed catches from training camp would not translate in the NFC East, where players get hit hard. It doesn't seem like Pryor listened, as he finished the season with only 240 receiving yards on 20 catches in nine games. 

"The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year," Brown said. He added, "Try to one-hand something while you’re with the Jets, you’re gonna catch a forearm."

One incident that supports Brown's comments came when Bashaud Breeland got thrown off the practice field last training camp. Breeland got mad that he wasn't allowed to get physical with Pryor at the line of scrimmage, and the scene blew up. Breeland eventually got sent off the field after arguing with coaches. 

The Jets visit the Redskins for three days of practices beginning August 12th. The two teams then square off in the second preseason game on August 16th. 

Brown will get his chance at Pryor, assuming the wideout plays. Pryor finished the 2018 season on the injured reserve, but is expected to be fine once training camp begins in New York. 



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