Redskins third-round pick (71st overall) pick Josh LeRibeus proved in his introductory conference call that he’s quite a character.
Among other frank descriptions, he likened losing 70 pounds in college to losing “a toddler off the side of my belly.” That’s a huge toddler.
But as proud as LeRibeus is to join the Redskins, no one in the world is prouder than his mother, Debbie. Josh is a bit of an amateur on Twitter (@JLeRibeus), but Debbie already has close to 32,000 tweets to her credit. Among them, were some shout-outs to the welcome from Redskins Nation, as well as photos of Josh on draft night.
Sadly, no audio of this phone call exists, but here’s a picture of Josh on the couch at home, accepting the happy news from the Redskins’ coaching staff:
Shortly after the selection was made, Josh found his best burgundy polo and a Redskins cap for a photo shoot in the kitchen. As his mother would later note, it’s not easy to find Redskins memorabilia in Dallas:
And here’s the ensuing couple shot with Josh and his girlfriend, Naomi:
Followed by a picture with Josh’s high school football coaches, on hand to celebrate the exciting evening with the family:
Followed by his first official autograph signing for Redskins gear. It’s only right that his first pro autograph should go to mom:
Perhaps the best part of the entire photo series was when Debbie finally did find Redskins gear for the whole family. This was a shot of his younger sister going to a Dallas-area school on Monday morning. I’m sure that went over well with the Cowboys fans:
Judging from his first 100 hours as a Redskin, Josh is going to be a lot of fun to watch, both on and off the field. For the record, he already has established nicknames of “Kung-Fu Panda” and “X-Box 360” from his time at SMU.
If he’s half as funny as those two–which he seems to be–I can’t wait to meet this guy.