Washington not honoring Ryan Kerrigan in Week 17 vs Eagles is disappointing
By Jerry Trotta
It’s clear the Washington Football Team is trying to be better.
In due time, we’re confident this will become an organization that handles the majority of its off-field decisions with class.
It’s old news now, but we can’t help but point to Sean Taylor’s jersey retirement ceremony as a prime example. Did Washington have good intentions? We like to think so, but the execution truly couldn’t have been worse.
The moral of the story? It shouldn’t take two tries to properly honor one the most beloved players in franchise history.
With that, we transition to the matter at hand.
We know nobody wants to talk about Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. It knocked the team out of playoff contention. We get it.
However, with the postgame incident involving Jalen Hurts grabbing all the headlines, it slipped through everyone’s mind that Washington failed to give Ryan Kerrigan, playing in his first game at FedEx Field since leaving in free agency last offseason, a tribute in his long-awaited return to Landover.
Instead, Washington waited a day after the fact to send a tweet.
Why didn’t the Washington Football Team honor Ryan Kerrigan?
The little things go a long way with fans, and Washington continues to come up short in that regard. How is the franchise expected to fill up seats at FedEx Field, which continues to comprise of more rival fans than WFT fans, if it can’t do something as simple as put together a tribute video for Kerrigan?
You don’t want to edit a full highlight reel? That’s fine. But how about a “Welcome Back” on the scoreboard to give the fans, WHO MATTER, at least a few seconds to soak in the return of the four-time Pro Bowler?
It’s stuff like this that justifies fans whom are reluctant to buy into the idea that the organization has turned a corner.
It’s just disrespectful to Kerrigan, who gave his blood, sweat and tears for this franchise for a decade. He was Washington’s longest-tenured player before the sides mutually agreed to part ways in the offseason.
As we noted, he represented the team in four Pro Bowls and never missed a game over the first eight years of his career. By the time his tenure was over, he finished with the most sacks (95.5) in team history.
Through all the quarterback turmoil, losing records, coaching changes and off-field distractions, Kerrigan was his own safe haven for fans.
We thought Washington would’ve learned a thing or two given how proud he repped the franchise. Unfortunately, we were dead wrong, because he deserved more than a tweet 28 hours after the game’s conclusion.
If you want to complain that we’re making a big deal out of a non-issue, then be our guest. The reality is, other fan base’s usually aren’t put in situations where they have to decide what deserves an overreaction.
Regardless of the fact he wears an Eagles uniform now, if you don’t think Kerrigan deserved a tribute, then what Washington player in the last 10 years does?
Or would you rather your team just not honor former greats in their first game back home?