15 of the Washington Redskins' most famous fans
Celebrities include Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Durant, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
As the NFL season gets underway, we thought we'd take a look at some of the more well-known Washington Redskins fans who have made their allegiances known.
Some of these are a bit more obvious, but perhaps we'll surprise you with one or two of these celebs on our list. And you can take solace in the fact that next time you're cursing at your TV, angry about the latest holding penalty, maybe Dale Earnhardt Jr. is right there with you -- in spirit, at least.
1.) Josh Brolin
The "Goonies" actor has been pictured in a Redskins jersey (with his name on the back, no less) and attended some games as well, such as Washington vs. San Francisco just last season, published reports indicate.
2.) Scott Van Pelt
Van Pelt, of ESPN fame, is definitely a more vocal University of Maryland fan, being an alum, after all. However, he has confirmed that he roots for the Redskins as well, and reportedly said several years ago that his two favorite players were Sonny Jurgensen and John Riggins, according to NBC Sports.
3.) Denny Hamlin
NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, who races for Joe Gibbs, identifies as a lifelong Redskins fan. And check this out: He even cheered for Washington when Gibbs was coaching the team, so his fandom has really come full circle.
4.) Taraji P. Henson
For this "Empire" star, the love for "her" Redskins, as she often refers to them on social media, runs in her blood. Henson's father once worked as a janitor for the franchise, according to redskins.com, and Taraji has confirmed on Twitter that her dad was a "diehard 'Skins fan."
In 2015, the team proved it loves Henson back, even putting up a Facebook post in honor of Henson's NAACP Entertainer Of the Year award.
5.) Matthew McConaughey
All right, all right, all riiiiight. Look who's a Redskins fan!
McConaughey, who has attended training camp, games, and spoken out many times about his love for the team, explained it best while chatting with Jay Leno in 2013: “(I was a) Longhorn in college, but (I cheer for the) Washington Redskins in the NFL,” he said. “I grew up watching westerns with my father. I was always rooting for the Indians instead of the Cowboys. My favorite food was hamburgers growing up (and) they had a linebacker, No. 55, Chris Hanburger. And then John Riggins. When you’re 4 years old, that’s why you really commit to a team, for reasons like that. It goes way back.”
6.) Kevin Durant
Strong words! ESPN has referred to this Golden State Warriors star as a "superfan" of the team. Durant has spoken highly of Alex Smith, giving him a warm welcome to the team, and shown his respect for departing quarterback Kirk Cousins. He's been honored at a Washington game for his Olympic success and, despite switching allegiances in his own league, his love for the Redskins hasn't seemed to waver, judging by his Twitter account.
7.) Trey Songz
Trey Songz, who hails from Virginia and is a self-professed Washington fan, once told Wendy Williams that the best present he's ever gotten was a pair of Redskins slippers from his grandma, according to NBC Sports.
8 and 9.) Benji and Joel Madden
These two Good Charlotte band members, who are Maryland natives, both love the Redskins and the Baltimore Orioles. Joel once told ESPN that his next tattoo would be the Redskins logo on the top of his hand. Worth following up on, don't you think?
Wale, a rapper and native of Washington, D.C., put out a song in 2013 called “No Pain, No Gain,” chock full of Redskins-related lyrics. Wale has said of his fandom that he’s been following the team closely ever since childhood.
11.) Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The NASCAR driver has loved the team ever since he was 9 years old. Enough said, right? Not so fast; here's another fun fact: It's been reported that Earnhardt wouldn't even drive a car painted in Cowboys colors because of his love for Washington. Very loyal, sir!
12.) Jon Bernthal
Bernthal has starred in "The Walking Dead," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and more. But he wants you to know, according to published reports, that he's a "ride-or-die" Redskins fan -- and has been since the '80s.
13.) Michael Ealy
The actor even got to announce the Redskins' draft choice of Oklahoma standout Samaje Perine in 2017. Pretty cool gig, huh?
14.) Jeffrey Wright
The actor is known to drop some #HTTR references on his Twitter page (Hail to the Redskins, for anyone who maybe doesn't follow the team as closely as some of these celebs).
15.) Sean Doolittle
Three words: "You like that!" (We'll miss you, Cousins!) And well, Doolittle DID like that -- winning the division, that is.
The relief pitcher, who grew up in New Jersey -- Eagles country, as he called it -- also had a dad who loved the Redskins, similar to Henson. "After the 1991 season, I can remember the party that we had, so that was the beginning of my formative years," he said in an interview. "I guess that kind of cemented that I was definitely going to be a Redskins fan. I was raised correctly."
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