An Open Letter to Jason Campbell

David BurnettCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass the ball during the game of the Philadelphia Eagles on December 21, 2008 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Dear Mr. Campbell,

You have taken the high road for weeks, while your boss, Washington Redskins owner, Dan Snyder, has now twice tried to publicly fire and embarrass you. 

I commend you for your decency during what must be an uncomfortable and trying time.  You are truly a southern gentleman.  You are much more decent and dignified about being slapped in the face than most of us might be under similar circumstances. 

I wonder though, doesn’t it make you a little angry that Snyder, who just a couple of weeks ago promised that his flirtation with another quarterback, Jay Cutler, was just a passing fancy and that he was really committed to you, lied?  His commitment lasted just about a week, and then he turned his attention to a smooth talking college kid to play your position right behind your back.  Isn’t that some BS!!

But you, Mister Classy, simply said only that you were “shocked” that Snyder would do that.  I applaud you for your self-control.

But here is the bottom line.  Mr. Snyder and his team of advisers, despite their best efforts, couldn’t get the men they wanted to play quarterback.  And now they are “stuck” with you.  And it's either a pretty messed up position for all of you to be in, or perhaps, irony of ironies, potentially the best situation of all. 

It's what you make of it.

No, Jason, I’m not a Redskins fan, I never have been except for the briefest of momentsto cheer for a past-his-prime, Doug Williams, who heroically played one of the greatest Super Bowl games in NFL history, and one other time to root for Marty Schottenheimer, who is the only coach in the Dan Snyder era to truly mold the Redskins the right way, even though it meant Snyder had to cede power to someone who actually knew how to put together a professional football team.

But now I’ve decided that even if I don’t completely root for the Redskins, I will definitely pull for you, Jason Campbell.  And I’m sure I am not alone here.  You have been wronged.  We know it and so do you.

Most folks I know hate to see someone get played, the way Dan Snyder and the Redskins have tried to play you. 

Nonetheless, like the upstanding, respectful young man that you are, you have displayed a dignity far beyond anything that should rightfully be expected from anyone.  I like and respect that. 

But right now, as a new fan and member of what has to be a growing fan club, I want more from you.

Please seize control of this team.  Even though Dan Synder owns them, circumstances now dictate that the Redskins can become your team nowif you want that responsibility.

The Redskins have done virtually nothing in the Snyder years.  But if you can take over the team with your leadership, your poise and your play, you will have stock in this town and this team that Dan Snyder will never be able to take away from you.

You wear number 17, just like Doug Williams did, so it's time for you to act like number 17 and produce with big numbers the way Doug did in the Super Bowl two decades ago, when he played the greatest game any Redskins quarterback has ever played, when everything was on the line.

The biggest complaint against you is that you might be too nice, too soft spoken, and accommodating to be a star in the NFL.  But I believe it is not too late to show that nice and decent doesn’t mean weak.  You haven’t nearly reached your prime as a player.  

But you have already been tested, and so far you have aced all the dignity courses.   Now its time to for you to earn your advanced degree in signal calling and team leadership.

You can do it, I know you can.


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