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Redskins Celebrate Annual Homecoming Game

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation hosted over 100 Redskins Alumni for the 2014 Alumni Homecoming Game at the Redskins-Titans game on Sunday, October 19, 2014.

As the Washington Redskins took the field Sunday to play the Tennessee Titans, they did so in front of more than 100 alumni for the franchise's fifth-annual Homecoming Weekend.

In attendance were the likes of Darrell Green, Charley Taylor, Larry Brown and Dexter Manley, along with many other great Redskins. According to Green, Homecoming Weekend is more like a family reunion, as well as a chance to meet up with some old friends again.

"It's great," Green said. "These are our family members and it's great to see everybody, kids growing up, guys are getting grayer and talk a lot of noise about the past."

Now in its fifth year, the Redskins alumni game is a chance for players from the franchise's storied past to come together, share a few laughs and memories from their own playing days.

"Coming back for homecoming, it's just good to see all the guys and catch up because you don't really have a chance when you're done playing," former offensive lineman Ed Simmons said. "It's good to bring everybody together and hang out and go over old times."

The alumni also made a difference in the community this weekend.

On Saturday, more than 30 alumni teamed up with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation to give back to the community by joining active duty troops and their families at a military appreciation event.

"It's great that the organization is bringing some of the alumni back to get involved and actually see each other and be a part of this," former wide receiver Virgil Seay said. "It's great. I really enjoy it and I'm pretty sure a lot of the other players enjoy it as well."

Started by general manager Bruce Allen back in 2010, the Redskins alumni weekend involves former greats getting out into the community, coming together for dinners and, of course, being attendance Sunday for the game.

"I love this atmosphere with the Redskins and just being able to be a part of a good tradition," former offensive lineman Raleigh Mackenzie said. "I'm just glad Mr. Snyder and Bruce Allen were able to help us rekindle this old Redskins fire."

As players from the franchise's three Super Bowl winning teams gathered to enjoy the afternoon, the day belonged to former quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien.

Announced in August at the team's annual Welcome Home Luncheon, the Redskins inducted Super Bowl XXVI MVP Rypien as the 46th member of its Ring of Fame. Rypien was formally honored with induction at halftime of the homecoming game.

"It's somewhat surreal," Rypien said. "I'll probably pinch myself somewhat in the middle of next week, but I think for today, I'm just going to enjoy it. It's a very special day. I'm very honored."




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