The reason I was in my car to hear Clinton Portis‘s pointed thoughts on Jim Zorn was because of Antwaan Randle El. Randle El, along with many of his teammates, and with the help of his El Foundation, the Redskins Charitable Foundation, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, spent today distributing winter coats to underserved children at two area schools — one in D.C., and one in Maryland.
“This is something that we started in Pittsburgh,” Randle El said. “It’s cold in Pittsburgh, and coats seemed like an important thing. I think this is the third one we’ve done here. I’ve been so blessed by God, and I try to do what I can to be a blessing.”
Randle El was accompanied by a number of his Redskins teammates, including Ladell Betts, Andre Carter, Horace Gant, Rob Jackson, and Chris Wilson. All of them distributed bags and jackets to the kids, helped make sure the kids knew how to use the various zippers and fasteners, and posed for the occasional picture.
And Fred Smoot was there as well, although he was running a bit late, and arrived without his appearance jersey in a jacket-and-jeans combo.
I asked where his jersey was, thinking there might be a funny story there, but Smoot shrugged. “I gave it away to someone at the last event I did, and they haven’t made up a new one for me yet.” I suggested that he might be able to get a free winter coat to wear instead, but he didn’t go for it. They were probably all too small anyway.