Lorenzo Alexander is a man of many different skills and talents. He is the Redskins special teams captain, he is the "One Man Gang" for playing numerous positions over the years on his NFL journey.
He is a even better human being than he is a football player. He's a man that not only believes in charitable work, but goes head and heart first, into helping out the Washington DC and Bay Area communities.
On ESPN 980 Monday night, Lorenzo was my guest to talk about the 3rd Annual "Ride To Provide" event at the Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia on Saturday April 21, 2011, http://bit.ly/dBqPD4 and his Pilates studio venture with current UFA DE, Kedric Golston http://redsk.in/nasOSD plus his experiences from the NFLPA meetings in Florida last week.
Lorenzo Alexander on ESPN 980 Monday night: on if the salary cap penalties are specifically preventing the Redskins from bringing back London Fletcher:
"I don't know that for a matter of fact. I do know that it has hurt a number of players."
"I believe London is the # 1 priority. London may think he's worth little bit more , and I think he's worth that, but they may not be able to go up that number because of cap room. It does play a major factor."
"He calls out a lot of plays that the offense is about to run."
"Off the field, he is - probably the best example of a professional athlete that you can possibly see. A Walter Payton man of the year recipient. He's a consummate pro. You don't allow those type of guys to leave. Especially in the situation we are. We need as many guys like London as possible, so we can change the culture of this locker room around."
"He's probably been one of my biggest mentors in that locker room. He's really grown me into the football player I am, as well as a man, just watching that. He's like that to a lot of guys."
Lorenzo Alexander on ESPN 980 about the NFLPA decision to agree to the NFL proposed penalties in exchange for the higher cap number.
"Obviously the NFLPA doesn't represent just the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. We were trying to figure out a way how we could smooth out the cap, over the next two years. We do have 25% of our men leave the game, each year. In two years, 50% of our league, will be out of the league. So we didn't want those guys that had to endure the lockout to miss out on this good deal. What we did as a PA was went to the league, ask them if we could smooth out the cap, so these guys that are here would be able to benefit from a higher cap, therefore making more money, therefore be able to support their families better, because in two years, some of these guys won't be here.
Anytime you ask anything from the NFL, there's a negotiation attached. Changing, smoothing out the cap, doesn't bother them at all. Doesn't hurt them at all. Obviously, somewhere down the line, on the ownership side, they had a issue.with how Dallas and the Redskins handled some business. They wanted to penalize them for breaking that verbal agreement. It was either going to be 113$ million,for the whole league, so penalizing 30 teams OR you get 7 more million to go around to each team, and the Redskins and Dallas take a 46 Million hit combined. In a leadership position, you have to do what's best for the body, the whole. Do I like it? NO! As a leader, I understand why they did it. I'm going to be affected by this as well. I'm up next year. Because 18 million is going to gone from a pool that I could be pulling from as well.You gotta to make a sacrifice. That's why you hire a guy like DeMaurice Smith to make these tough decision, as well as our executive committee. They made the best decision, I think, as for the NFL as a whole. I have no regrets as far as what they did. Do I like it? No. That's part of being a part in a body, worrying about a whole people, not just one or two teams."
Lorenzo also explains why he is 100% for Robert Griffin III and anti-Andrew Luck for the Redskins # 2 overall pick if you listen to the audio archive. The entire interview can be heard or linked here http://redskins.espn980.com/index.php under "Redskins Radio Interviews"
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