Today was the Washington Redskins last practice here at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center and I must say it’s been a great two weeks having the opportunity to cover the Redskins for WVCW. Getting the chance to be around a lot of professionals in the media, observing and learning how they work, is something I will take with me once I enter the sports media profession.
Being around the athletes is also something I will cherish forever. This training camp was my first experience being that close to professional athletes and it was hard not to act like a fan. You don’t realize how big those guys are until you are standing beside them because the TV does them no justice. But going to the press conferences, interviewing the players, and seeing the behind the scenes of training camp made me appreciate the opportunity even more because a lot of people don’t get the chance to do what I have done over the last two weeks.
Watching practices, observing players, taking notes, writing articles, all the things that came with covering the Redskins, taught me how to be a professional, especially writing the articles in a timely fashion. It gave me an inside look of what the media does on an every day basis.
What made the experience even more gratifying was that I was covering my favorite National Football League team in the Redskins. Not too many college students can say they had the chance to cover their favorite sports team, but I can. And I can honestly say it was what I thought it was going to be and more.
Whether it was a blistering hot day or pouring down raining, it was truly a pleasure being out there at every practice and I hope someday in the future I can do it again.