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Kickers and punters usually don’t receive the kind of recognition and accolades as the rest of the 53-man roster. Simply put, the nature of the position does not demand the same degree of physicality as other positions.

While receivers and running backs are called “the skill positions,” specialists are the ultimate skill players.

The tradeoff for physicality is a necessity for consistent excellence, while striving for perfection.

The position requires a reassurance and a mental toughness with the ability to rise above the pressure of 80,000 screaming fans with the game and/or season on the line. There is a sense of reliance that comes with the territory.

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#59!!! Skin Nation loves you and we want you back one more year!! “WE” have unfinished business!! HTTR

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London Fletcher

What do Lane College, Furman University, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and John Carroll University all have in common?

Well for starters, chances are these aren’t the first schools that pop into your head when you think of college football. More importantly however, is the fact that each of these institutions have produced top-flight NFL talent, attending the 2013 Pro Bowl.

Big name Division-I FBS programs dominate the headlines and are the center of attention in college football. So much so that it is extremely easy for the proverbial “little guys” to get overlooked.

In the case of college football the “little guys” are programs in FCS (formerly Division I-AA), Division II, and Division III athletics.

Football players at these levels with hopes of playing in the NFL have a larger uphill battle than Division I athletes. Their national exposure isn’t nearly as great, so in order to be noticed they…

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On Thursday, star linebacker London Fletcher was a guest on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on ESPN Radio.

Fletcher spoke with Cowherd about his thoughts on the four remaining teams left in the playoffs: the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, and San Francisco 49ers.

Fletcher has some “inside” knowledge on all four contenders. The Redskins played the Falcons and Ravens this year as well as the Patriots and 49ers last year.

Find out what London had to say about each team here (via ESPN Radio):

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You the man @ KiaForbath! Have fun at beach and hurry back! WE have unfinished business that you.. Helped us start!! HTTR

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When we last checked in with Redskins kicker Kai Forbath he was on quite a roll, making the first 14 field goals of his career, while at the same time hoping to boost his Twitter followers from just around 8,500 to 15,000 and give away the first kicking cleat he ever used with the Redskins.

Since then, Forbath finished the season strong, nailing 17-of-18 field goals, and has made quite a surge on social media as well. He has almost 16,500 followers on Twitter and, as promised, posed just one question for fans to answer in order to give away the first cleat he ever kicked with.

Here is the progression of the Twitter competition:

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Hail To The Hogettes!!#HTTH

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After 30 seasons of showing up to every  home game and becoming a fixture among the best fan base in the National Football League, the Washington Redskins Hogettes have announced that they will be hanging up their snouts and dresses for good.

It’s bittersweet news for the legendary Redskins fan group, which has officially retired and will no longer appear together. The good news? The Hogettes plan on continuing their tremendous work raising money for children’s charities.

The Hogettes released this official statement on their Website today:

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In what will likely be the first round of several accolades for both teammates this offseason, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris on Thursday were named to the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.

Griffin III was the only quarterback selected for this list, while Morris was joined by fellow rookie standout running back Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here’s what Pro Football Weekly had to say about the two Redskins representatives on this list:

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On Tuesday, the Washington Redskins beefed up their defensive line as they signed Phillip Merling to a reserve/futures contract. Merling is a 6-5, 315 pound defensive end who was drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.

Merling was a standout during his three years at Clemson University. During his junior year, he was a key member of a defense that finished the season in the top-10 in scoring and total defense. To add to his honors, he was a member of the 2007 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team after finishing the season with 78 tackles and seven sacks.

During his rookie season, Merling showed off his abilities in a game against the New York Jets when he picked off Brett Favre and rumbled into the end zone for a pick-six. His interception was a game-changing moment and helped the Dolphins clinch the AFC…

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