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Buffett once dreamed of owning Redskins

1/22/2014

Warren Buffett spent part of his childhood in Washington, D.C., and worked Redskins games on occasion. That was enough for him to start dreaming big thoughts. And those thoughts included owning the Redskins.

Buffett moved to Washington in 1942 after his father was elected to congress. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1947 and followed the Redskins.

“When I was a kid, I thought if I ever made a lot of money, I would go out and buy a team,” Buffett said on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning, when the topic of whether he ever wanted to own a team arose. “I was a water boy for the Washington Redskins for two games. I thought if I ever had a lot of money, I’d buy the Washington Redskins.”

To which Patrick chimed in, “They want you to buy it. They would love for you to buy it right now, Warren.”

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has had his troubles on the field as the Redskins have finished with double-digit losses seven times since 2003. But, of course, he’s not about to sell the Redskins, which remains his passion.

Buffett said, laughing, “I don’t know whether he would sell. But Sammy Baugh was my hero in those days. That’s a little before your time. It was the dream of every kid to have a sports team; well, it was the dream of every kid to be a superstar. But of course I never had a chance of that.”

Buffett is a big football fan -- he said he's a Denver Broncos fan -- and is a major supporter of the University of Nebraska program. At 83, that’s likely as close as he’ll get to football. Meanwhile, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathway company is backing a $1 billion payment, offered by Quicken Loans, to anyone who fills out a perfect bracket for the NCAA tournament. The listed odds of winning are 1 in 4,294,967,296. The odds of Snyder selling the Redskins anytime soon are probably higher.