The Redskins began training camp last week. In addition to all the excitement experienced by the players, there was a great deal of excitement for 50 local active and retired military service men and women. The members of the Armed Forces had the opportunity to participate in Combine-style drills, like the 40 yard dash, bench press, vertical & broad jumps, and shuttle drills. After the event, each of the participants had the opportunity to meet Redskins players.
The Combine began bright and early at 7:45 AM and concluded before the 10:30 AM start time of the Redskins training camp. The military men and women were also given the chance to watch the team practice. The entire event was designed by the team and USAA to promote and foster understanding of and appreciation for the local military community.
The members of the military performed many of the same drills that NFL scouts use to evaluate talent prior to the official NFL Draft. Following the Combine, the participants were given VIP treatment with a special spot to watch the Redskins train. After the team's training camp, the military members were given the chance to meet many of the players. For most, if not all, this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. USAA is the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the Washington Redskins.