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Cousins Honored With Player Of The Year At Burgundy And Gold Banquet

Former Redskins head coach and Youth For Tomorrow Founder Joe Gibbs on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, hosted the 27th annual Burgundy & Gold Banquet at The Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Va.

Redskins quarterback Trent Williams, who is no stranger to giving speeches in front of many people, was given another opportunity Wednesday night at The Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Va.

As part of legendary Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs' 27th annual Burgundy and Gold Banquet, which support his foundation Youth for Tomorrow, the Quarterback Club honored Cousins as the 2015 season's Player of the Year. It might not have been possible, Cousins said, without the belief he received from his coaches and teammates.

"Without their strength and belief, last season would not have been possible for me," he said. "I also believe that in the NFL you win with people. Stadiums are nice, games are important, but people make the difference. I believe Scot and Jay have got the right people, they are the right people and they've got the right people on board and now it's on us as players, who are working very hard to deliver the product that you as fans, you as former players, alumni, will be proud of, will be proud to say you're a Redskins."

He continued.

"On Youth For Tomorrow, when Julie and I look to give to places and give our resources, we really have two criteria we look at before we give. One is we want the cause to align closely with our God, and two, we want to make sure that the people who are receiving that gift we can trust to be great stewards of it and I don't think you have to look any further than Youth For Tomorrow, coach Gibbs and Garry Jones to fit those two criteria."

The team's top three draft picks were also on hand Wednesday night, getting a crash course in some Redskins history. They had the chance to meet with Gibbs and Doug Williams and countless other alumni, helping to welcome them to their new home.

"He's a Hall of Fame coach, a coach that brought the Redskins three Super Bowls, so it's great to be in the presence of greatness, Doctson said of Gibbs. "Just hearing him talk about all the stories during his time of coaching, kind of just reminiscing on his time, it's just kind of humbling in itself, so, great to be over here along with my teammates."

Redskins President Bruce Allen considers Gibbs a Hall of Fame person, too.

"We're proud of what our foundation does 365 days of the year," Allen said. "What [head] coach Gibbs did with his leadership 30 years ago is fantastic and his dedication to helping underprivileged people, we are proud to be associated with him as we are proud to always be associated Coach Gibbs."




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