I have been asked a number of times why I created a “Pulpit” for Washington fans. The main reason goes back a few years in San Antonio, Texas. In a mall I saw an attractive young lady wearing a Washington cap with her ponytail hanging out the back and sporting a Washington shirt. I said, “Hail to the Redskins,” and she stopped and smiled and said “Hail to the Redskins.” Her accent was definitely not Texan. The food court was right there and I offered her a cup of coffee and she accepted. I became captivated by her story of how she became a Washington fan. I had to write an article about it to share her story with Redskins Nation, and somehow and I came up with the Lady Redskins Pulpit as an avenue.
Before I quote her in her own words, you must know her background. She was only 10 years old when her parents were murdered in Russian Georgia, some kind of civil war in 1992. How she ended up in the USA is a story in itself but the end result is a married couple in Maryland of Russian descent who spoke Russian became her legal Guardian, with custody and control.
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I gave her my pad and pen and she wrote this in her own words after I asked her how she became a Washington fan and her favorite player, game, etc.
“I think I must have look funny to GOD on my knees saying my prayers in my big baggy 44 jersey that covered all of me. I was give that jersey from Goodwill store by my new daddy. He and I watch television and see football, not like soccer and I see my 44 jersey, Riggins. I was happy. When they did points, good. the band musik was Hail to the Redskins and it made me forget about the kids in school who made fun of my English, mean to me. I see every game my Redskins play.”
“My favorite time game was the Super Bowl when Washington won Miami and my 44 broke through and ran a long time for a touchdown and we won and the band played Hail to the Redskins. I was so happy then, I became woman and marry my doctor husband and I love USA and my Redskins and to me Washington Redskins is true Amerika’s team, not stupid cowboys. Every one should love USA, and GOD and Washington Redskins. Hail to the Redskins. thank you from me Angelika.”
Her story jerked my heart strings and I had to share it with Redskins Nation, so I published it years ago on different sports sites. I think most Redskins fans can appreciate her story.