Redskins Watching Olympics

Among the Redskins, there are two major reactions to the Olympics. The first is exemplified by Todd Collins: “I’m watching when I have time. Maybe now that we’re done with two-a-days I’ll watch more.”

Others are not only engrossed, they can relate. “I’m glued to the TV watching some of the gymnastics,” says Santana Moss. “I was a flipper growing up. And I love watching track and field. That’s what I’m gonna pay attention to.”

When Moss watches track and field, he knows what to look for. “In ’98, I made to the Olympic trials in long jump. I jumped 26 something. I made it to nationals, and didn’t jump well in nationals, but my jump in the Big East championships qualified for the Olympic trials that year. I was pretty good in long jump and triple jump in college.”

“I never liked to run that much – I was better at jumping – but I ran the indoor 60 and won that a couple of years. Outdoor, my events were mostly the 4-by-1, the first leg, and long jump and triple jump.”

Chris Cooley has a similar reaction to a different event.

“I think I probably could’ve been an Olympic wrestler,” says Cooley, who was an undefeated state champion and All-American in wrestling in high school. I suggest that he probably made the more lucrative career decision, and he laughs. “Ha, yeah. Rulon Gardner probably isn’t doing so great now.”

(In fact, Rulon Gardner owns a very well-reviewed food shop in Afton, WY, which is just like being a multimedia star and Pro Bowl tight end.)

Matt Sinclair also relates to the athleticism of one of the summer events, just on a slightly different level. ” I swam and was a diver growing up. Springboard diving. We’d do flips and stuff in grade school. I could do about one and a half … the degree of difficulty wasn’t too high.”