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The Redskins are the NFL's third-best looking team, fans say

The Redskins are the NFL's third-best looking team, fans say

With free agency approaching, analysts will be debating which teams are the most attractive. In that context, the word "attractive" is used to describe teams that players would like to play for, whether that's because they're always competitive, have a bright head coach, etc.

But a recent survey that Fanatics.com just completed was done to literally figure out which teams are the most attractive — and its results were very kind to the Redskins and a handful of Washington's players.

Overall, after polling 400 people, Fanatics has concluded that just two franchises — the Titans and the 49ers — employ better looking rosters than the Burgundy and Gold. In addition, five 'Skins appear in the site's ranking of the league's top 10 handsomest individuals. 

Of those five, Will Compton finished closest to the top (he tied for fifth with Steelers corner Artie Burns). Ryan Kerrigan (tied for seventh with some fellow named Tom Brady), Mack Brown (tied for eighth), Pierre Garçon (tied for ninth) and Houston Bates (tied for tenth) were also viewed favorably by fans, who were given headshots of the athletes and asked to assign each guy a 1-10 rating.

Sure, the 8-7-1 record may not have been what Jay Gruden had in mind for his team at the outset of the 2016 season. However, he should take a lot of solace in knowing that — at the very least — his team looked good when compiling that record.

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Ron Rivera sends military veteran to the Super Bowl

Ron Rivera sends military veteran to the Super Bowl

One lucky fan is headed to Super Bowl LIV, courtesy of Redskins head coach Ron Rivera.

Teaming up with USAA and the American Veterans, Rivera is sending military veteran LeCheton “Omar” Settles to Miami. The Redskins head coach tweeted about it on Wednesday.

Settles joined the United States Marines at age 17 and dedicated eight years of his life to service. During his military tenure, Settles spent time as a Field Artillery Cannoneer, Marine Corps Security Force Guard, Martial Arts Instructor-Trainer, and Small Arms Weapons Instructor.

Rivera comes from a military background himself and is using this as a way to reward one military member for his service.

"Inspired by my father’s military service, we always had a strong military appreciation in our team’s culture during my time in Carolina and I plan on continuing that now with the Redskins in Washington, D.C.," Rivera said in the release. "To kick that off, I am privileged to partner with USAA and AMVETS to award a trip to the Super Bowl to Sergeant Omar Settles in recognition of and for his service to our country."    

 

He will meet with Settles on both Friday and Saturday of Super Bowl week at the USAA Salute to Service Lounge in Miami. 

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces retirement from NFL

Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces retirement from NFL

After 16 seasons with the New York Giants, quarterback Eli Manning has announced he will be retiring from the NFL.

Manning, who was drafted first overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 draft and then traded to the Giants on draft day, spent all 16 years of his NFL career with Big Blue. The team will hold a news conference on Friday.

The 39-year-old is one of the most accomplished players in Giants history. He's a two-time Super Bowl champion (and two-time Super Bowl MVP), four-time Pro Bowler, and started a franchise-record 236 games at quarterback for New York. 

"It was an honor and privilege to coach Eli, and to go through the wonderful and magnificent moments that he and his teammates provided for all of us in the world championship '07-'08 and '11-'12 seasons," Tom Coughlin, Manning's longtime head coach, told Giants.com. "I and my coaching staff and our teams from 2004 right through 2015, for me at least, my part, hold Eli in the highest respect and congratulate him and his family, and his mom and dad, for all of the wonderful, wonderful experiences he's had, and the happiness and pride that he has brought to the entire Giants family, the fanfare, the fans, the family and everyone that's taken so much pride from his performances and for what he's meant."

Based on their record against Manning, Redskins fans will be happy to see Manning go. In 27 starts against Washington, Manning was victorious in 18 of them. The longtime signal-caller has more wins against the Redskins than he does any other NFL opponent.

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