They laughed. They cried.
OK, they didn’t really cry, but several Redskins players and team personnel Wednesday evening enjoyed a special screening of the movie “Draft Day,” which is due to be released in theaters nationwide April 11.
I won’t be like that guy on Facebook that spoiled the “How I Met Your Mother” finale, so if you’re looking for a full recap of the flick, you’re in the wrong place.
But here’s the gist of the movie – which stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary (and even former Redskins player Terry Crews) – according to IMDb.com:
“At the NFL Draft, (Cleveland Browns) general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.”
The movie features lots of twists and turns, and even — shockingly — intertwines a love story in there somewhere.
Those Redskins taking in the screening Wednesday evening included first-year head coach Jay Gruden (and family), Kirk Cousins, Ryan Kerrigan, Phillip Thomas and Jeremy Kimbrough.
Cousins — a fourth-round (102nd overall) pick of the Redskins in the 2012 NFL Draft — said he enjoyed “Draft Day.”
“It was good,” he said. “It was exciting, but there was a good twist. Good acting. I expected it to have a little bit more drama than real life, which you can expect from Hollywood, but I thought they did a good job.”
Cousins knows all about the twists and turns a NFL Draft prospect goes through, much like those parlayed in “Draft Day.” He said his stomach was in knots for three days until he heard his name called by the last team he expected to pick him — the Redskins, which had picked Robert Griffin III No. 2 overall a couple days earlier.
“I would say when it comes to the draft, you have to expect the unexpected. I learned that first-hand,” Cousins said. “Of 32 teams, I really would’ve picked the Redskins to be the 32nd-most likely to pick me, and sure enough, that was the one that picked me. You have to expect the unexpected, and I think this movie does a good job of demonstrating that.”
Kerrigan said “Draft Day” brought back all the feelings from his NFL Draft experience. He was taken 16th overall in the first round by the Redskins in 2011.
“It was just a lot of excitement, a lot of anticipation and a lot of joy when I finally got my name called,” he said.
Kerrigan was asked by the Washington Post’s Scott Allen if he still had his suit from that day.
“Actually, yeah, I still wear that suit quite frequently,” Kerrigan said. “That’s on my two-suit rotation. That’s still a pretty prominent figure in my wardrobe.”
Maybe Kerrigan could think about expanding that wardrobe with the next JoS. A Bank “buy one suit, get 13 free” sales.-REDSKINS-
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.