nelms Posted August 4, 2003 Share Posted August 4, 2003 I've gone to several of the "Rally around the Redskins" charity events that the Redskins hold annually and was told by several people there that Darrell was not the nicest of people in past appearances. I wanted NOT to believe this, but I experienced this myself. I have to qualify this story by saying that I am not an autograph seeker. I like meeting Redskins players, but getting there autograph is really not a big thing for me. I would never, ever, disturb someone that is with their family, having dinner, shopping, whatever. Anyway, I "ran into" Darrell walking towards an elevator that night before the event and politely asked him for his autograph. He shrugged me off like I was a peon and not so politely declined. He said "if you want my autograph, you can come downstairs and get it". I had no idea what he meant, until another person later told me that you can get Darrell's autograph and a photo with him in the ball room downstairs for $500. Of course, the money was going to charity, but it still left a bad taste in my mouth. Not so much for not signing an autograph, but the way he went about declining it. There was absolutely no one around, except for me and him. It was one of those moments where you turn around and there standing in front of you is Darrell Green. I thought about it later and knew that if he would have treated me with a little respect, autograph or not, I would have gladly gone downstairs and contributed $500. It was the Ronald McDonald house, which is a great charity. Maybe Darrell needs to learn that treating people with respect (remember, it goes both ways) can go a long way in furthering his contributions to the community. I'm a huge Darrell Green fan. I still am even after that experience and from what I've heard from other people. It is a little disappointing though. My biggest disappointment was Charley Taylor though. This guy was someone I idolized when I was a kid. I had a real bad experience with him a couple of years ago. I don't even want to share here since it's a bad memory of a childhood hero of mine. But, I can say this: I have met many Redskins players over the years and almost all of them have been the nicest people. Mark Rypien and Monte Coleman come to mind as two of the nicest, most geniune Redskins players I've ever met. You really can't judge someone after meeting and talking to them for just a few minutes, but most of us can get a feel about someone right off the bat. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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