The Story Behind The Photo Behind DJax

The Redskins official Twitter account announced the team signed DeSean Jackson Wednesday with a picture of the receiver signing his contract from a conference room at Redskins Park.

The photo incited jubilant reaction from Redskins fans, vitriol from Philadelphia and a lot of questions about the photograph on the wall behind Jackson.

I have been in that room many times, and I can tell you the photo behind the receiver was not hung for the occasion. It’s been there since I’ve worked for the team, and it has an incredible story.

The photo entitled “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” was voted the 2012 Marine Corps Top Shot. Combat correspondent Cpl. Reece Lodder captured the photo of two young Marines resting with their improvised explosive device detection dog, Blue, after a patrol in Afghanistan.

According to Lodder, he saw an “unexpected slice of reality and humanity amid a long, cold day. It visually, physically and emotionally gets to the core of their experience in this moment. It helps any viewer feel, even if only in a small way, what the Marines and their loyal dog felt.”

For more on the photo, read Brian Tinsman’s blog from last year.


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.