20 celebrities and athletes who are Redskins fans
Dallas Buyer Club may be one of Matthew McConaughey's best movies, but the A-list actor certainly isn't a Cowboys fan. McConaughey once told Larry Michael he fell in love with the Redskins because he liked Chris Hanburger's name, and he's visited the team numerous times, including once last year...
Matthew McConaughey on sidelines for Redskins-Steelers
Kevin Durant brought his Redskins fandom with him after leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State last summer, and can still be found tweeting during and after Washington's games. Hey, at least you can't question his NFL loyalty.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The most popular man in NASCAR is also popular with Burgundy and Gold supporters considering how often he brings up the Redskins. Earnhardt Jr. once wrote in an ESPN piece that his devotion to Washington football began when his mother gifted him a 'Skins uniform for his ninth birthday, and he's followed them closely ever since.
The D.C. native and rap superstar told Redskins.com in 2015 he's watched the team since his childhood and wanted the Redskins to win each Sunday because his house would be happier if they did (sound familiar to anyone else?). His 2013 song "No Pain No Gain" featured a ton of RG3 and Redskins-related lyrics, and he also played a small part in recruiting DeSean Jackson back in the 2014 offseason.
Taraji P. Henson
The actress, who has movies and shows such as Hidden Figures, Person of Interest and Empire on her resumé and who also attracts a Twitter following of almost five million users, has referred to Washington's team as "my Redskins" both in interviews and on social media. Redskins.com wrote in 2015 that Henson's father once worked as a janitor for the franchise, which is apparently when she turned her attention to it.
Like Wale, Trey Songz is a DMV native (he's from Virginia) and hip hop/R&B musician who reps the Redskins. In fact, back in late 2012, he said during an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show that the best present he's ever received was a pair of Redskins slippers from his grandma.
Denny Hamlin, another NASCAR driver, rooted for the Redskins as a youngster back in the days when Joe Gibbs was leading the team. Therefore, you can imagine how cool it is for him to drive for and be a member of Joe Gibbs Racing, a position he's held for the past several years.
Benji and Joel Madden
Benji and Joel Madden, two members of the band Good Charlotte, are noted Redskins supporters after growing up and forming their group in Maryland. In 2010, when the Cowboys fired then-head coach Wade Phillips, Benji told ESPN.com he was sad to see Phillips leave because Dallas was so up-and-down during his tenure. Trolling the Cowboys whenever possible is a sign of a committed 'Skins fan.
Internet celebrity Mia Khalifa's Twitter timeline is littered with posts about DC sports, including plenty of Redskins musings, like this picture of her wearing Burgundy and Gold on the front lawn of the Cowboys' stadium. She's also friends with at least one player: In August 2016, Su'a Cravens tweeted out a screenshot of a FaceTime session with Khalifa.
Like thousands of other kids did, too, actor Michael Ealy used to go out in his backyard and pretend to be Art Monk or Gary Clark. Recently, he attended FedEx Field's 2017 Draft party and announced the Redskins' pick of Samaje Perine. In the next slide, as he tells Redskins Nation his three top football memories, see if they *ring* any bells.
Actor Michael Ealy talks Redskins memories, career
Scott Van Pelt
Scott Van Pelt loves to shout out the University of Maryland, his alma mater, whenever possible. While he's not as vocal about the Redskins, the ESPN personality has long been a part of the fan base and told NOLA.com in 2013 his two favorite players were Sonny Jurgensen and John Riggins. He's clearly got good taste.
Jon Bernthal, an actor who's been featured in everything from The Walking Dead to The Wolf of Wall Street to Sicario and The Accountant, said during a 2015 appearance on Chad Dukes' radio show that he's a "ride or die" Redskins observer. He became hooked on Washington football in the 1980s and took in some games from the stands at RFK Stadium.
When he's not busy being one of the most elite lacrosse players on the planet, Paul Rabil will occasionally drop an #HTTR or mention the Redskins in some other fashion on his Twitter. That makes sense, considering he was born in Gaithersburg and played at DeMatha High School as a teenager.
Sean Doolittle joined the Washington fan club because of a party — a family party after the Redskins won the 1991 Super Bowl, to be more specific, according to Redskins.com. A pitcher for the A's for the past five-plus seasons and owner of a career 3.08 ERA, Doolittle stayed loyal to the organization despite growing up in New Jersey.
Jeffrey Wright has been acting since 1990 and has been credited with roles in projects like Casino Royale, The Hunger Games, Boardwalk Empire and Westworld. He's also a major advocate of the Redskins, having been born and raised in D.C.