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Redskins have officially hired Torrian Gray as their defensive backs coach

Redskins have officially hired Torrian Gray as their defensive backs coach

UPDATE 2/8/17: The Redskins have officially announced the hiring of Torrian Gray as defensive backs coach. 

The Redskins have hired Torrian Gray as their defensive backs coach, according to multiple media reports.

Gray has 17 seasons of experience coaching defensive backs, most of it at the collegiate level. He coached at Maine and Connecticut before coaching the Chicago Bears’ defensive backs in 2004-2005. The then returned to the college ranks, coaching the Virginia Tech DB’s from 2006-2015 before leaving to coach at Florida last season.

Tech is Gray’s alma mater. He was a three-time all-Big East selection with the Hokies while playing in Blacksburg from 1992-1996.

The Redskins have a particular fondness for Virginia Tech defensive backs, taking one in each of the last two drafts. Former Hokie DeAngelo Hall is the team’s longest-tenured player. Apparently, the organization figured that they might as well get the guy who coached all those Hokies and bring him to the team.

Gray replaces Perry Fewell, who was fired as the defensive backs coach along with defensive coordinator Joe Barry on January 5. Assistant DB coach Aubrey Pleasant was the favorite to land the job but they hit a snag in the negotiations and Pleasant ended up joining the Rams coaching staff.

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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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