- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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ASHBURN, Va. -- Some of the younger Redskins didn’t know about one of Matthew McConaughey’s most famous movies, "Dazed and Confused." But certainly the 48-year-old head coach would. Turns out Jay Gruden didn’t know it, either.
“I’m a big movie guy, too,” Gruden said. “That’s terrible. ... I can name a lot of them. I’ve got to think of that movie now. I’m going to Google that one when I get done.”
But make no mistake, while they might not have known that particular movie, they were well aware of McConaughey. He was on the sidelines during practice Wednesday, standing next to owner Dan Snyder while wearing a yellow Redskins T-shirt (the one with the R logo).
“I love Matt, man,” Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “He’s like one of the guys. He’s always been like that. He’s a huge fan of the Redskins, man. He’s out here like any other fan. He wants to learn and see the guys work. It’s always great to see a friend out here watching us work.”
Not all of those friends have won Academy Awards.
“It’s a big deal,” Orakpo said. “He’s one of the top A-list actors out here and he’s on the practice field just chilling like he’s one of the guys. I have nothing but respect. All the work he’s done. … He’s a phenomenal actor and for him to be out there showing support for the Redskins means a lot to us.”
At times players were taking a peek at McConaughey; at least that’s what some of the coaches thought.
“I think If I were a woman I’d notice it a lot more,” quarterback Robert Griffin III said. “But, yeah, it’s great to have him out here. He’s a big supporter of us. Anytime you can get those guys out there it’s great.”