Oklahoma City Thunder forward and lifelong Washington Redskins fan, Kevin Durant, never thought he’d experience the moment of recognition from his peers and media members that he is professional basketball’s MVP.
Admitting that his dream was simply to become a rec league coach, Durant grew up a stone’s throw away from both RFK Stadium and FedExField.
Now, instead of instructing youth in Maryland, Durant is inspiring millions across the world and reminding everyone that he is no bandwagon fan. He loves the Redskins.
Austin, Seattle, Oklahoma City. Regardless of the address, and being surrounded by fans that root for the rival, Durant continues to rep burgundy and gold and occasionally stamps his tweets with #HTTR to his nearly seven million Twitter followers.
Durant opened what would soon become an emotionally charged speech with a little background about himself.
“I come from a small country outside of Washington, D.C. called PG [Prince George’s] County, and me, my mom, my brother–we moved so many different places growing up and it felt like a box. It felt like there was no getting out. My dream was to become a rec league coach—that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to stay home and help the kids out and be a coach. I love basketball so much, I love playing it. I just never thought that I could make it to college, [the] NBA, or stand up here today in front of you guys and being NBA MVP.”
Some of the players congratulated the MVP on Twitter as well:
While Durant’s Instagram features a little bit of everything, his Redskins fandom appears frequently. In September of last year, Durant trekked up to Lambeau Field to see the ‘Skins take on the Packers. While he could of remained distant, Durant wanted in with a passionate group of Redskins fans who also made the voyage.
No wardrobe is complete without an RGIII jersey. Durant has a complete wardrobe. Proof:
Congrats once again to Durant on this amazing career accomplishment.
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.