The Redskins announced today that they've signed a linebacker from Tulane named Nico Marley. That would be unremarkable in itself if Marley wasn't the grandson of reggae legend Bob Marley.
For some more detail, the 22-year-old Marley stands 5-8 and weighs 200 pounds, which seems closer to the size of an NFL cornerback than linebacker. He was signed after trying out at Washington's rookie minicamp this past weekend.
Marley played 49 games for Tulane, racking up 319 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 4 interceptions in his time there.
He earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors in both his junior and senior seasons.
Marley shared the happy news on his Instagram account.
As for his family background, the linebacker is the son of Rohan Marley. He was the subject of a feature on The Undefeated about his NFL prospects and consistently overcoming concerns about his small stature.
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Josh Norman is a man of many talents — at least on the football field, and in the friendliest possible way, he was reminded of that this weekend during a charity basketball game.
Opposite of the defensive nightmare Norman can be for receivers, the New York Knicks' Kyle O’Quinn had a little fun with the Redskins cornerback and the 10-inch height difference they share during the during Bam Bam’s Spring Jam at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
O'Quinn got the ball and went up for a particularly easy dunk as Norman jumped and tried to swat the ball away but his effort was futile.
While this was all in good fun, Norman should probably stick to football.
Former Virginia Tech defenseive back and current Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor's foundation is behind the charity game, which also included Redskins' Lynden Trail, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Antoine Bethea.
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On Memorial Day, people all over the United States stop to reflect on the freedoms provided for by the military. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is no different.
"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you," Cousins said.
Speaking after an OTA session last week with military members in attendance, Cousins explained that he appreciates the added sense of history and obligation that comes from living in and around D.C.
"It’s a good reminder why it’s such a benefit to play here in Washington. It just feels like it’s that much more real with Andrews Air Force Base here and so many soldiers here. There’s something special about playing for the city of Washington, D.C. and driving 30 minutes into the city and going by the White House and the Pentagon and the monuments."
The Redskins hosted military members from multiple branches at their OTAs, and afterward, Cousins and a number of other players signed autographs.
"You say ‘Man, I want to give these soldiers, these fans something to cheer about and make them excited and bring this city together.' Hopefully winning football games can do that. What a great thing. That’s the vision we’re chasing," the Redskins passer said. "Hopefully we can get it done this season."
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