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Redskins pull a fan out of stands to practice with them

Josh Richards brought his cleats to workout Brad Biggs

Print This June 16, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

While some NFL teams have chosen to close their player-run practices to media and fans alike, the Washington Redskins have opened up their drills.

In fact, things were so open this morning that a fan in the bleachers got the chance of a lifetime – an opportunity to practice with the team.

According to Shemar Woods of the Washington Post, linebacker London Fletcher asked a group of fans who had “brought their stuff.”

Josh Richards, a 28-year-old who had played at nearby Robinson High School in Fairfax, Va., laced up his cleats and went through drills with players on the field.

He dropped only one pass in an interception drill and he helped setting up cones for the drills.

“The terminology is crazy,” Richards said. “I told them I would be ready if they needed me.”

It's a fun story but it's also another exmaple of why player-run practices are completely overhyped.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune
 

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