Wide receiver Jamison Crowder had a pretty great rookie year – he now holds the record for most receptions by a rookie in Redskins history – and is getting ready to start working towards his second year in the NFL.
In the chunk of time that players usually take off and reserve for time with family and their couch, Crowder has been working hard at a desk at Marriott International in Bethesda, Md., part of the NFLPA's externship program, which will end this week.
In all, 26 NFL players were a part of the program, which featured several different companies. Crowder's teammates Rob Kelley and Silas Redd Jr., as we've noted before, spent their time at Under Armour, while practice squad tight end Ray Hamilton worked at Panini.
"I thought it would be something that's helpful and something that can help me get some experience and see if this is something that I would enjoy doing," Crowder said.
"It's interesting to see how they game-plan here for projects they want to work on and things they want to get done in the next few weeks," he said. "It's somewhat similar to how we game-plan and come up with a strategy to be successful."
Crowder has thought about coaching and counseling at his high school and thought the externship would be a promising foray into exploring his potential career after football.
"I think it's always good to do something constructive and productive during the offseason," Crowder said. "That's part of the reason why I chose to join this program. Aside from this, I would probably just be working out and you can't work out all day. It's been different. It's been cool."
Crowder also commented on his quarterback signing franchise tag this year, glad to know who his quarterback will be once he gets back to work in the spring.
"I think it's great," Crowder said. "Kirk was a great quarterback and was a great leader for us this year. I'm just excited to get back on the field to help him as much as I can, to do what I can to help him win ballgames. He's a valuable piece and I'm excited for him."