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Hall, Allen Take On Richmond To Thank Supporters

Redskins President Bruce Allen and cornerback DeAngelo Hall went to Richmond, Va., Feb. 26 and 27, 2015, where they thanked team supporters and visited with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe gave just one executive order to DeAngelo Hall when the veteran Redskins cornerback came by for a visit Friday afternoon.

"Get me a Super Bowl in the next three years," McAuliffe told Hall, a three-time Pro Bowler.

"We're certainly going to try," Hall said with his trademark smile.

The visit with the governor was one of just many stops in Richmond, Va., Thursday and Friday for Hall and Redskins President Bruce Allen, who traveled to the state capital to thank team supporters and to show their own support of the city and its efforts to bring in a PGA Tour event within the next couple years.

"I think in any relationship, it's important to have an open and honest relationship," Allen told Friday. "And they have supported the Washington Redskins for decades. We're in Redskin Country, and they made us feel very, very welcome."

'A win-win'Hall and Allen's first stop in the Richmond area came Thursday evening at Independence Golf Club in nearby Midlothian, Va., which is trying to attract a Champions Tour PGA event to its facility.


Such an annual event could mean millions of dollars for the economy of Richmond -- which has hosted the Redskins' training camp since the 2013 season -- and would directly impact the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Allen said.

"We think a PGA tour stop would be great for not just Richmond, but the whole state," Allen said.

While at Thursday's event, Hall and Allen got the chance to catch up with two figures extremely familiar with the Richmond area in PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and Redskins great punter Mike Bragg, each of whom are, like Allen, University of Richmond alums.

Bragg – who grew up a Redskins fan and would go on to set team records for most career punts (896), punts in a season (103) and punts inside the 20-yard line in a single season (29) – said the opportunity for a Champions Tour event in the Richmond area is one that cannot be passed up.

"When this thing comes to fruition, we can use the Redskins brand to reach out into the community and reward fans and create more fans," he said.

After all, Bragg said, the future event will combine "the two things I love."

"I love the Redskins, and I love golf," Bragg said. "So putting the two together, it's a win-win."

Conquer the CapitolHall and Allen continued their efforts at the Virginia State Capitol, where they greeted dozens of supporters within the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia, both of which recognized the pair in their respective sessions Friday.


But the Redskins representatives' biggest supporter, no doubt, was Virginia Sen. L. Louise Lucas – Hall's aunt.

The respect displayed to Sen. Lucas from the youngest pages to the most senior members of the Senate was apparent throughout the afternoon, which is not a surprise to Hall.

"It's really cool," Hall said of his aunt. "I tell people all the time, everyone thinks I'm the star of the family, but whenever I walk into that building, it's my aunt. She's the star when I'm in Richmond."

Allen said he chose Hall to make the trip this week because he "represents the Redskins well wherever he goes," but will the Virginia Tech product consider following his aunt's footsteps with a post-playing career in politics?

"She keeps pushing me into politics," Hall said with a laugh. "I'm telling her I don't know if that's the direction I want to go in, but it's definitely fun."

Mr. GovernorThe final stop of the trip was a meeting with Gov. McAuliffe, who certainly made an impact on Hall.


"Man – one of the most down-to-earth politicians I've ever met," Hall said of the governor. "I don't want to group politicians all together. He was just so personable, funny, down-to-earth, straight-forward, and you don't see that a lot in politicians."

As for McAuliffe's order for a Super Bowl victory before he leaves office, Hall said, "I'm going to do everything I can do to make that happen."

"I think everybody in the locker room is going to do everything they can to make that come true – not only for (McAuliffe), but for every fan that represents the Redskins, every alum, every coach and everybody who's ever been a part of the Redskin organization."

Hall said that if the three-time Super Bowl champion Redskins are "able to get another one, it's not just for the guys who have that jersey on" in the present.

"It's for everyone who has come before us," he said.


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