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Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan visited Carytown in Richmond on Sunday to conduct man-on-the-street interviews for Redskins.com.
Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said it’s no big deal that fans didn’t recognize him: “We have helmets on.”
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Occasionally, a player does something so seemingly out of character it is impossible to ignore.
Ryan Kerrigan took such action Sunday in Richmond.
On his one day off from practice, Kerrigan went to the heart of Carytown and did something potentially humbling.
Working for the Redskins.com website, Kerrigan, microphone in hand, conducted man-on-the-street interviews. And the questions he asked were:
Anyone on defense you want to see?
Answer from a young fan: London Fletcher.
“He’s a heck of a player,” Kerrigan said. “Do you have a favorite outside linebacker, a favorite outside left linebacker [Kerrigan’s position]?”
Answer: “No, not really.”
To a young woman, Kerrigan asked: Are there any players you’re looking forward to watching?
Answer: “Yes. Ryan Kerrigan, future husband, please.”
That called for a follow-up question.
“That Kerrigan guy, you’re kind of smitten with him?” Kerrigan asked. “What would you say to him if you happen to run into him today?”
Danielle, who didn’t give her last name, said she would, “Tell him I love him.”
To which Kerrigan replied, “I love you, too.”
A second later, Danielle recognized the 6-foot-4, 260-pound man with the microphone. And, as they say in show biz, she lost it.
Nuptials, however, are not pending.
Kerrigan, who will be 25 on Aug. 16, handled himself with aplomb and an understated comedic tone.
And, he came in ahead of quarterback Robert Griffin III, everyone’s heartthrob on the Redskins, as a potential husband.
“That’s a shocker in itself,” Kerrigan said.
Well, Griffin did get married this summer, which might have taken him off Danielle’s list.
Players constantly want fans and the media to realize they are more than just bodies on a football field.
Rarely are they willing to step outside their job descriptions and display why and how they are more than just bodies on a football field.
Kerrigan did. And he did so knowing chances were high no one would recognize him.
“Maybe it was the glasses,” said Kerrigan, who conducted the interviews wearing his eyeglasses. “It’s not a big deal to me. We have helmets on, so it’s not surprising people don’t recognize me.
“It was a good time. It was definitely worthwhile.”
The idea to send Kerrigan to Carytown’s cordial streets actually came from New York.
A segment of the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show was devoted to New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey asking New Yorkers what they thought of Matt Harvey.
None recognized him, even the young man wearing a Matt Harvey Mets’ jersey, until Harvey revealed his identity.
Redskins director of communications Ross Taylor said, “We see that and think ‘A’, we’ve got to do this, and ‘B’, who can we do this with? As you saw, Ryan is perfect.”
Taylor and his colleagues were aware of something the public knew little of — Kerrigan has a dry, wry, deadpan sense of humor.
“Don’t let the quietness fool you,” said Kerrigan’s fellow outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. “He has a sneaky, funny demeanor. He’s not what a lot of people think. He has a quiet sense of humor.”
Kerrigan is professional on and off the field. After games and practices, he fields questions from the media, whether it’s been a good day for him or his team.
He’s always courteous and respectful. He’s careful to avoid giving bulletin board material to opponents.
“I do have some personality, and I like to show that sometimes,” Kerrigan said. “It’s good to let everyone know you’re not just a robot. With the answers I give sometimes, it can be perceived as that.”
Kerrigan’s video leaves just one question. Will he see Danielle again?
“She was too perfect for the little spoof we were doing not to be out here and experience practice,” Kerrigan said.
Actually, she said she had been to last Saturday’s practice.
“Hopefully, we can get her out here to meet more of the players,” Kerrigan said.
If so, chances are she’ll recognize Kerrigan this time.
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