Ziggy Hood is getting used to his new home.
The Redskins defensive lineman, signed back in January, spent time on Capitol Hill Thursday morning along with 44 other current, former and upcoming professional football players to raise awareness of diabetes and prediabetes.
It's part of the American Diabetes Association's "Team Tackle" initiative, which will champion additional research, fair treatment and total wellness for people living with diabetes, providing hope for millions of individuals and families living with the disease or who are at risk.
Along with Mike Golic and Don't'a Hightower, former Redskin Lorenzo Alexander shared his personal connection to diabetes and his commitment to raising awareness about the diabetes through the "Team Tackle" initiative.
The program is also asking that the country support children with diabetes in gaining the skills and confidence they need to manage the disease by sending them to summer camp. They hope to support 320 kids to attend the American Diabetes Association Diebetes Camps, which welcome to children with type 1 diabetes and those at risk for developing type 2.
"For the past 20 years, diabetes has been America's fastest growing chronic disease. Diabetes touches everyone," said Kevin L. Hagan, CEO for the American Diabetes Association. "Team Tackle illustrates that no matter what team you normally cheer for, we are all together for the win when it comes to tackling diabetes."