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Ryan Kerrigan Unveils The Magic Of Redskins' 'Fajita Friday'


Ryan Kerrigan noticed an interesting trend last season.

On Friday, Nov. 13, Redskins Executive Chef Jon Mathieson and his crew prepared fajitas for the primary team meal that day.

Two days later? The Redskins ran all over the New Orleans Saints to the tune of a 47-14 victory at FedExField.

The next Friday, the Redskins had something else as their primary meal. Two days later, they fell to the Carolina Panthers, 44-16, in Charlotte.

Five days later, the team once again had fajitas, and would go on to defeat the New York Giants, 20-14.

Come next week, as the team was preparing for its Monday Night Football home matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, fajitas were not on the Redskins' menu. They suffered a last-minute, 19-16 loss.

So Kerrigan suggested an idea to Mathieson.

"So I kind of talked to the chef," Kerrigan recalled Thursday evening in a meet-and-greet event for Redskins season ticket holders at the team facility in Loudoun County, Va. "I said, 'Let's give this a couple weeks. Let's see if this is a thing.'"

This "thing," Kerrigan said, was "Fajita Friday." Maybe, just maybe, this delicious Tex-Mex cuisine was a secret ingredient for success for this Washington squad.

Sure enough, Mathieson prepared fajitas the next Friday. And, sure enough, the Redskins went on to defeat the Chicago Bears, 24-21, for their first road victory of the season.

Next Friday? Fajitas. That Sunday? A 35-25 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Next Friday? Fajitas. That Saturday? A 38-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles to clinch the NFC East title.

The next Friday? Delicious fajitas. The Redskins turned it into a 34-23 victory over the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium to avenge their earlier loss.

It was the epiphany of all epiphanies for the veteran outside linebacker.

"A couple weeks go by – two wins in a row. Do it again – three wins in a row. Do it again – four wins in a row," Kerrigan recalled. "So Fajita Friday was born. And it's here to say, hopefully."

Larry Michael, the "Voice of the Redskins" and host of Thursday's event, said Fajita Friday has since taken on a "special meaning here at Redskins Park."

So while you can bet the Redskins will keep the Fajita Friday tradition going in 2016, perhaps the rest of the fan base can join in on the fun and, hopefully, keep its winning ways going.




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