At an early age Matt Terl knew he loved two things, writing and The Washington Redskins. His career has led him to combine those two loves as the official blogger for the Skins. Terl credits a solid foundation in writing and journalism from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland for getting him started.
His humble start as a part-time blogger while working as a freelance writer led to his recognition and eventual hiring by the team looking to increase its new media presence a couple of years ago. “It was so much of a dream job that I never even considered it,” he said in an interview shortly after his hiring.
He says he feels like “a fan let loose in Redskins headquarters,” and has been granted almost total access to the team while he serves a liaison between the team and its fans. The coolest part of his job is “probably spending time with the players.”
“Everyone says they’re normal people like you and me, but there is always something special about hanging out with them. The fan in me never forgets where I am.” And sometimes that is all the way across the country spending days away from his wife and kids as he travels with the team.
Whenever he gets bogged down in some of those inconveniences or mundane aspects of his job, his wife always reminds him to “explain to 12-year old Matt how rough his life is.”
When asked about impartiality and being critical of the team, especially during last year’s rough season,Terl says, “I’ve always tried to accentuate the positive. And no one is ever truly impartial – obviously I have a bias because I’m allowed to. I work for the team and I’m still a fan – who is more critical than a true fan?”
Last season’s 4-12 nightmare season forced wholesale changes with a new General Manager in Bruce Allen, a new Super Bowl champion head coach in Mike Shanahan and a new starting quarterback in Donovan McNabb.
Terl believes that there is “definitely a different atmosphere at Redskins Park this year brought about by the new regime. “Now you’ve got experienced people with tremendous results taking over. All of the changes the fans asked for last year are what’s going on now.”
After mixed results so far this preseason, Terl is entirely optimistic that these changes will net a huge turnaround and predicts a 10-6 season and a return to the playoffs.
Catch the Redskins tonight against the Arizona Cardinals in their final preseason tuneup and then the season opener vs. Dallas on Sunday night the 12th.
Peace, Love and Hogs,