The Washington Redskins held their Annual Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, and the event was a big hit for the over 20,000 Redskins fans who came out. The event was free, but Redskins held a lottery for tickets to the event, as the demand was so high that several more thousand fans could have attended if they would have been allowed in.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was asked about the fans and here’s what he had to say:
“The Support here is outstanding, that’s a given. We know that and we appreciate that. Now it’s just up to us to return the favor by going out there and playing hard, playing with intensity, playing Redskins football. And making this team something they can cheer for and be proud of.
And that’s what it’s all about. You know we love the support, the twelfth man is very important to us as a franchise. It’s a home field advantage like no other and we’ve got to make sure we use it to our advantage and keep them cheering not booing.”
Gruden is right, Redskins fans do support the team tremendously, and it’s been a while since the fans have had a consistent winner to cheer for. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson pointed out how much more supportive Redskins fans are than with some teams, and that type of dedication deserves to be rewarded with a winning product.
Redskins fans will continue to be out in force at camp starting Monday as the Redskins will begin joint practices with the New England Patriots. So the best way the Redskins can show fans how much they appreciate them is to give them a winner. And hopefully they will this season. HTTR!