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The locker room also is full of good men. Take Bowen, for example. He signed with Washington in 2011 after playing his first five seasons for the Dallas Cowboys.

His impact on others is so great that Saturday night, five lanes from the Redskins‘ brain trust, Cowboys stars DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin bowled and mingled with Redskins players.

“It’s such a great cause,” Allen said, laughing at the thought of what his late father George, the architect of the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry, might say about the event. “The Bowens are special people. Both organizations know it, as well as the rest of the league.”

Ware added: “To have an opportunity to have a teammate like Bowen, it’s really not even looked at as he plays for the Redskins or the Dallas Cowboys. It’s just a great opportunity to come here and help. He would do the same for me. It’s like a brotherhood.”

The Redskins are building something similar. As this regime enters its fourth season, the foundation already is strong. And, for a change, these builders have the tools to make it last.