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Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro has been a professional journalist since 1977, working for a number of newspapers, including eight years as a news editor and reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he covered government, politics, and crime. He moved into sports writing when he joined The Washington Times in 1992. He moved to The Washington Examiner as a sports columnist in 2009 and returned to The Washington Times in 2013, where he is currently the lead sports columnist.

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D.C. Divas general manager LaMont Jordan shows wide receiver Lexie Floor how to get off the line of scrimmage in a tackle football practice as Jessica Johnson looks on. (Courtesy of Rich Daniel).

LOVERRO: D.C. Divas embrace Jordan’s passion for the game of football

Some of these women may have never heard of LaMont Jordan. Others may have grown up watching him rush for more than 1,000 yards for the Oakland Raiders and catch 70 passes in 2005, the best season of his nine-year NFL career. But they were all fixated on every word Jordan said, recognizing the value of lessons from someone who played the game at the highest level -- maybe even a little star struck. Published December 9, 2021

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) looks to pass against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

LOVERRO: Rivera, teammates have growing faith in their own giant-killing David

On Sunday, Goliath was Derek Carr, the Las Vegas Raiders' $125 million quarterback who was leading the NFL in passing before the 17-15 loss to the Washington Football Team. Heinicke tossed a rock right at the Raiders' head, leading his team on the last-minute drive that led to Brian Johnson's 48-yard game-winning field goal. Published December 6, 2021

In this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Baltimore. The former Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Bowl quarterback has signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to be a college football and NFL analyst.  The deal also allows Griffin III to seek a playing opportunity with a team if one arises. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) **FILE**

LOVERRO: RG3’s tell-all may be silver lining to twisted saga

Robert Griffin III -- the architect of both brief times of triumph followed by long stretches of pain -- woke Washington Football Team fans from their dreams with the news he posted on his Twitter account that he will have a book coming out next August. The title? "Surviving Washington." Published December 1, 2021

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

LOVERRO: Teammates share Heinicke’s swagger, and now fans are feeling it, too

The former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi once told me the quarterback you want is the guy who, when he gets on the team bus, everyone else believes they have a chance to win that day because of him. Rivera was telling you Heinicke's teammates feel that way about him. Published November 22, 2021

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) in action during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Maybe coach Ron Rivera is right about Taylor Heinicke

It would have been easy to make the change, and no one would have blamed the coach. But Rivera stuck with Heinicke, and his faith paid off. Now Heinicke likely has the rest of the season to convince people that he could be the quarterback of the future for this team -- not that he is, but that he could be. Published November 15, 2021

FILE - Sam Huff, the Washington Redskins middle linebacker who retired at end of 1967 season, pauses during a break in Redskins NFL football training camp in Carlisle, Pa., in July 1969, after ending his retirement. Huff, the hard-hitting Hall of Fame linebacker who helped the New York Giants reach six NFL title games from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s and later became a popular player and announcer in Washington, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. He was 87. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis, File)

LOVERRO: Two rival cities mourn the great Sam Huff

When Sam Huff played, he was justice -- the judge and jury. And when he called Washington football games, he was the prosecutor and defense attorney for what he saw on the field. And fans loved him for it. Published November 14, 2021

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto heads to his position in right field after grounding into a double play to end the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Lerners, Nationals can’t afford to waste another year with Soto

There is a feeling that, with pitching prospects like Cole Henry and Cade Cavalli, and the development of young players acquired at the trade deadline like pitcher Josiah Gray and catcher Keibert Ruiz, that GM Mike Rizzo's "reboot" will start paying dividends in 2023. Not good enough. Published November 4, 2021

In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, seats at Fedex Field display the Washington Football Team logo during pregame warmups of an NFL football game between Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

LOVERRO: Renaming franchise at this point solves nothing

If it was just the bad football, that would be enough of a burden for Washington Football Team fans. There is certainly enough of that to go around. Just look at Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Broncos - bad offense, bad coaching, bad outcomes. Published November 1, 2021

Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Robert D. Manfred, Jr. talks with the media before Game 1 in baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

LOVERRO: Goodell, Manfred in a race to the gutter

We saw the worst of American sports this week. We saw the leaders of the country's two most popular leagues -- football and baseball -- square off in a competition over who could be more arrogant, who could tell the biggest fib with a straight face. A fraud-off, if you will. Published October 28, 2021

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera walks on the field before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Rivera’s culture change dream hits Washington reality

When the news broke that the DEA had raided the Washington Football Team's headquarters in Ashburn in connection to a federal probe involving team trainer Ryan Vermillion, the organization issued a statement that said the trainer was placed on administrative leave "due to an ongoing criminal investigation that is unrelated to the team." Published October 10, 2021