Jason Campbell Stops, Looks, Listens, and Raps

When I was a kid, I learned how to safely cross the street from an off-duty policeman and an aspiring folksinger (who set the words “Stop, look and listen before you cross the street” to the tune of Puff The Magic Dragon). In Canada, they learn the same thing, roughly, from Elmer the Safety Elephant. I suppose the messages stick — especially since I still remember that song — but the actual learning experience tends not to be so memorable.

That wasn’t the case for the students at Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Northeast D.C. yesterday, as Jason Campbell stopped by to lead a pep rally and teach a safety clinic on pedestrian safety. The event is part of the FedEx Ground and Air Players of the Week program, in partnership with SafeKids USA, and was held yesterday to get the students ready for today’s International Walk to School Day.

I had been told that it was a fairly low key event; Hines Ward recently did something similar in Pittsburgh, and it was apparently about thirty kids in one classroom, so that’s roughly what I was expecting here. I got to the school slightly late, misjudging the nightmarish DC traffic as I still always do, and walked into abject pandemonium. I don’t know if it’s the Redskins recent success or just an enthusiastic bunch of kids, but these people were excited.

And their excitement only multiplied when Campbell performed the safety rap.

The different classes had each created raps about pedestrian safety, with the prize being that Jason Campbell would perform the winner’s rap onstage with them. The actual performance leaned closer to dramatic reading than rap, but Campbell’s performance is deeply entertaining, especially on the final NA-NA-NA.

Check it out here:

For those of you without audio access, here’s an excerpt of the beginning:

When you walk, you can talk, but don’t trip over a rock.
Don’t rip your sock.
Don’t step on a crack, or you’ll break your mother’s back.
When you get to a red light, fight the urge to go.
Say no.
When it turns green, don’t be mean[?], just go.

Really, it’s all in Campbell’s delivery.

After the pep rally, Campbell went outside and to demonstrate safety to the kids. He showed how to properly secure a bike helmet (you can see the picture above), and how to properly cross a street, as shown in this video.

See the looking left, looking right? That’s the same sort of head-on-a-swivel awareness that led to Sunday’s crucial third down scramble.

It was impressive to watch Campbell manage the sheer level of excitement he was greeted with — the shouting, the cellphone cameras, the number of autographs — but he just shrugged it off and continued signing. “My mom was a teacher,” he said, “so I’m used to talking to the kids.”


4 Responses

  1. Jason, please don’t give up your day job!

  2. I think I would have liked to heard CP rap that…

  3. Maybe they should have gotten Malcolm Kelly to spit something, lol.

  4. Hello Redskins Nation.

    We are very excited to have the team come home after winning two NFC East road games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. HAIL!

    This week we have the St. Louis Rams, and this will not be an easy game, especially if we want to maintain our growth and standing the NFC East, the NFC conference, and the league.

    We are the only team in the NFL with a battle cry (Hail to the Redskins!). And now we are the only team in the NFL with a post-game celebrate chant thanks to our new Head Coach Jim Zorn (Hip-Hip Hooray!).

    After beating the Dallas Cowboys, the supposedly best team in the NFL, Jim Zorn in the locker led the team in a celebration chat of Hip-Hip Hooray. It would be exciting to have the entire stadium, and the Redskins Nation, join the team in the celebration chant before they head to the locker room.

    My brother and I are organizing the first Hip-Hip Hooray celebration chant this Sunday after our team beats the St. Louis Rams at the stadium. If it is clear at the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter that the Washington Redskins will win the game we ask that all Redskins fans in the stadium (we will be at the game in Section 424—Row 12—Seats 7, 8 & 9) to join us in a celebration chant of Hip-Hip Hooray!

    If it is not clear by the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter that we will win the game then we will start the chant 30 seconds later at 1:30 minute mark. If not then, then 30 second later at the 1:00 minute mark. If not then, then 30 seconds later at the 30 second mark.

    You get the pattern. At some point at the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter or after we want to do the chant if it is clear we will win the game. We do not want to do the chant before the 2:00 minute warning of the 4th quarter!

    To make it easy for everyone to participate for the first time we asking that the entire stadium join together in the Hip-Hip Hooray chant in unison. And yes brings to celebrate.

    If we are successful in getting fans to join in after the game this week, then we will organize the second chant with sections of the stadium doing the call (Hip-Hip) and the other sections doing the response (Hooray!).

    We hope this celebration chant will become a tradition for Redskins fans attending the game after each victory.

    Please join us this Sunday for a big Hip-Hip Hooray, after we win the game.


    Derek Silver and Marvin Silver
    Washington Redskins Fans 4 Life

    PS, Check us out on Facebook at Hip-Hip Hooray (Washington Redskin’s Coach Jim Zorn’s Celebration Cry)

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