BY PETER HAILEY
Rap legend Tupac Shakur would have turned 44 on Monday, and people around the world paid homage to the musical icon whose life ended tragically 19 years ago.
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other websites were filled with pictures of Shakur, as well as messages that lamented the rapper's death and quoted some of the artist's most famous lyrics. Fans of all ages and walks of life took time to remember Shakur -- showing just how wide his reach was -- including two current Redskins and a popular former one.
DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon and Santana Moss all turned to Instagram and dedicated a post to Tupac. Jackson, who has many photos on his page of him next to some of today's top rappers, put up this picture of Shakur:
Rest In Paradise Big H0miE !! Greatest 2 eVer d0 it !! Happy G day !! 2pac
A photo posted by Desean Jackson (@0ne0fone) on Jun 16, 2015 at 2:00pm PDT
Next is Garçon, who posted a picture of lyrics from Shakur's "Keep Ya Head Up":
A photo posted by Pierre Garcon (@pierregarcon) on Jun 16, 2015 at 1:02pm PDT
And finally, Moss, a fan favorite for the last decade who won't be returning to the team for an 11th season, posted this picture in honor of Shakur.
Tupac is consistently ranked as one of the most influential rap artists of all time, and going by the messages left on social media by Jackson, Garçon and Moss, it's obvious that his music influenced these Redskins.
In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.
It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.
Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?
Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.
The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.
So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?
And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards.
How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?
The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.
Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household.
But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.
"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.
"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.
This is all very wonderful.
Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.
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