Redskins Chris Neild and Jabar Gaffney share more than just an affinity for facial hair–they’re also birthday twins, born seven years apart and reunited by the Redskins.
Happy birthday to both Jabar and Chris!
Gaffney was coy about his birthday plans, smiling as he said, “I dunno yet man, I’m gonna get into something though.”
Sounds like a good time.
Neild was genuinely unsure of his plans, admitting that he forgot until he was driving in this morning that today was even his birthday. Now that the ages of 16, 18, and 21 are out of the way, I asked him what exactly there is to look forward to at 24.
“Well, I’ve been renting cars,” he said. “I guess car insurance goes down next year right? Or is that after I’m 25? Well, I guess I have nothing to look forward to for a while.”
Today was also a birthday of sorts for Neild’s beard. Approximately six months ago, he was clean-shaven and has been growing his face sweater ever since. For the sake of this conversation, Neild preferred to count his beard’s age in dog years, with a seven:one ratio.
“So if it’s a half-year old, then that would make it three and one-half years,” he said. “What is that now, a toddler? My beard is now a toddler.”
So that’s happy birthday to the both of you?
Neild said that he intends to curl up on the couch and watch a movie tonight–if by “couch” you mean the team meeting room, and by “movie” you mean game film. Neild recognizes that a special night to himself isn’t going to pay off on Sunday.
“In the middle of a work week, man, there’s nothing really special to do,” he said. “Everyone needs to just repeat what we’ve been doing and try to repeat what we did last week. I’ve got nothing planned yet, y’know, and no one knows that it’s my birthday.
“So let’s just keep that on the low.”
So I did. Shhhh.
As far as presents go, he said that he hadn’t gotten anything yet, and was only expecting something from his girlfriend in the mail.
But as far as big birthday wishes, he said he really wanted a West Virginia win tonight against South Florida (with a BCS nod on the line), and a Redskins win on Sunday.
“I want a huge win for Sunday,” he said. “Every win is big for us, and we’ve got the mentality going into this game that we’ve got five games left and just take it one game at a time. This game is gonna be ground and pound, so we really gotta focus in and get the job done.”
Even if that means extra work on your birthday.
On behalf of Redskins Nation, happy birthday to Jabar, Chris, and Chris’s epic beard.