Play­ers get an ear­ful from 11-year-old fan

The Washington Post Sunday - - REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP - Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/in­sider

NFL play­ers are ac­cus­tomed to coaches bark­ing in their ears. But the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins got an ear­ful of com­men­tary — as well as cheers — through­out Satur­day’s two-hour prac­tice that served as the main at­trac­tion of fan ap­pre­ci­a­tion day at train­ing camp in Rich­mond.

Red­skins of­fi­cials didn’t re­lease at­ten­dance fig­ures, but with tem­per­a­tures in the mid80s and an over­cast sky, it was by far the big­gest crowd of what has been a sparsely at­tended camp, with an es­ti­mated 8,00010,000 fill­ing the hills over­look­ing one side­line and end zone and the tents re­served for cor­po­rate guests and fam­ily mem­bers.

Amid the din, one voice in par­tic­u­lar rang out. It be­longed to 11-year-old Nasir Baker of Char­lotte, a pas­sion­ate Red­skins fan at­tend­ing his first train­ing camp with his cousin Jer­im­iah White, 9, their friend Ah­nage Vines, 11, and his un­cle Fel­ton White of Rocky Mount, N.C., who drove the boys to Rich­mond from North Carolina on Satur­day morn­ing and planned to drive them home af­ter prac­tice.

Starters and back­ups, skill­po­si­tion play­ers and linemen, no one was spared Nasir’s with­er­ing eye.

When cor­ner­back Bashaud Bree­land lined up to de­fend wide receiver Ter­relle Pryor on one play, Nasir shouted: “Bree­land, we need you to step up, baby! Hey, two-six. No mis­takes!”

Af­ter run­ning back Rob Kel­ley plowed through a wall of de­fend­ers for a nice gain: “Show them legs! That’s what I’m talk­ing about.”

And on he went: “Josh Nor­man, you need to man up!”

To quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins, as he scanned the de­fense be­fore let­ting the ball fly: “He’s wide open! Wide open! I know you’re fa­mous, but you gotta lis­ten!”

The pass com­pleted, Nasir yelled: “Af­ter prac­tice I’m gonna give you a lol­lipop! That’s what the doc­tor does for me when I’m good!”

In a break in the ac­tion, Nasir, who plays cor­ner­back, safety and run­ning back for his rec-league team, ex­plained how he came to care more about the Red­skins than he did the Carolina Pan­thers. “My grand­fa­ther loved the Red­skins, and he raised my dad to love the Red­skins,” Nasir said.

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