Joe Bugel, Emmitt Thomas Jersey earn award for lifetime achievement as assistants

Joe Bugel and Emmitt Thomas won the 2018 Paul Dr. Z Zimmerman Award for lifetime achievement as assistant coaches. The Pro Football Writers of America has given the award since 2014.
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Bobb McKittrick, Jim McNally and Dave Toub were the other finalists.

We have a very tight core group of outside linebackers, with Vern [Olivier Vernon], Kareem Martin, even Romeo [Okwara], Jordan Williams, Carter said after practice Tuesday. We’ve all helped each other out. They’ve helped me, given me tidbits here and there, and I’m just trying to soak it all up, because they’ve been there. Especially O.V., he’s had a lot of success.

Williams played in 10 games last season as he missed various games trying to manage the injury to the end of the year. Williams said the surgery he had included a readjustment of his tibia to align his leg bone and knee cap as well as a slight microfracture procedure on top of that to aid regeneration.

Williams has made the Pro Bowl six times in his eight years with the Redskins, including last season despite the injury issues. Head coach Jay Gruden echoed Williams’ thoughts that he would be ready for the start of camp.

One of six children growing up in New Castle, Pennsylvania, Rapone said he applied to West Point, which is tuition-free, because he couldn’t afford college. He was nominated out of high school by then-US Rep. Jason Altmire in 2010.

He was an honors student, an athlete, a model citizen who volunteered in the community, recalled Altmire, a Sterling Shepard Jersey Democrat. During the interview, Jake Dotchin Youth Jersey he expressed patriotism and looked just like a top-notch candidate. There were no red flags of any kind.

But he wasn’t accepted to West Point, so Rapone enlisted in the Army. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and was assigned as an assistant machine gunner in Khost Province.

We were bullies in one of the poorest countries on Earth, Rapone said. We have one of the most technologically advanced militaries of all time and all we were doing is brutalizing and invading and terrorizing a population that had nothing to do with what the United States claimed was a threat.

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