Renaldo Wynn speaks

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Renaldo Wynn won the BJ Blanchard Good Guy Award from the Washington media in 2005. Wynn returned to Redskin Park on Wednesday for the first time since he was cut at the end of training camp in 2007, and he was his old good guy self.

Some highlights:

On possibly starting in 2009 after being a backup the past three years with Washington, New Orleans and the Giants:

“Greg Blache just said they wanted me back. He said he wished he didn’t have to [cut me] then. I understand it’s a business and that he shouldn’t feel bad because in hindsight it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Wherever I’ve been, I go in thinking I’m going to start. I don’t want anything given to me. If that’s the case, I want to come in and earn it.”

On the past three humbling seasons:

“This journey I’ve taken has been a good one and it’s been an enlightening one. It has helped me become a better player, a better person. I’m coming back with a different purpose, a different perspective which can definitely contribute to the team. When [I was cut], even though it hurt and it was disappointing, it ended up being the best thing that ever happened to me because it put a fire on my feet that apparently I hadn’t had for a few years. When your back’s against the wall, you really learn a lot about yourself. Certain guys don’t have to fight for a job and I looked at myself as one of those guys. I thought I was going to be on the team. Now all of a sudden, I’m a on a week-to-week contract and I got to make sure I’m on my ‘A’ game every week. I can’t relax at all. I still have that attitude.”

On returning to Washington:

“It’s like deja vu, an opportunity that I didn’t foresee, but God had other plans. I’m definitely glad to be back. I’ve been trying to sell my house for a year and a half. I haven’t been able to get back. It’s been great for me, my wife and my daughter. Everyone’s happy. When you go home and you know your family’s in a comfortable situation, it makes it even better, knowing that you don’t have to worry about that part. We were a little uneasy last year being in New York. We still have a place in Vegas. We’ve been there for years now. But this is like a second home. You never realize how much a place grows on you until you leave.

On walking into the locker room: “It was surreal coming back here. Clinton has my old locker next to Sean Taylor. I hadn’t seen that until today. It brought back some memories of being next to Sean. So in a way, I’m glad that I’m on the other side of the locker room. It’s kind of like a fresh start. I got my old number [97] back.

On pal Phillip Daniels’ possible return to join him in a veteran tandem at left end:

“Hopefully we get Phil back. I think Phil will come back. I don’t know when, but sooner or later, I think he’ll make the decision to come back.”

- David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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