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Mr. Williams (And His Family) Goes To Washington

Posted Jan 28, 2016

Bruce Williams, a lifelong Redskins fan, was treated to a VIP experience with his family to the Dec. 20 game against the Buffalo Bills, and documented it in his own scrapbook.

Bruce Williams, a lifelong Redskins fan, was treated to a VIP experience with his family to the Dec. 20 game against the Buffalo Bills, and documented it in his own scrapbook.

Bruce Williams has lived all over the U.S.A., but one thing he’ll always take with him is his passion for the Washington Redskins.

And when times recently got tough for Williams, it was his Redskins that came through to give him and his family a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Williams said it was “just a natural” to get obsessed with the team growing up in Virginia in the 1980s and early 90s, when the Redskins were perennial title contenders, winning three Super Bowls and appearing in four total title games.

And even when he moved to Texas as a teenager, he proudly “still kept the (Redskins) banner flying in the face of all those lovely Cowboys fans.”

Fast forward to the present. Williams, a husband and father of three, has since moved all over the South for his job, like into Florida, and then North Carolina and finally to his current home of Grayson, Ga., which sits less than an hour northeast of Atlanta.

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Williams isn’t unlike many Americans. Sometimes you fall on tough times, whether it’s professionally or medically.

Despite these issues, Williams and his wife, Tavia, found ways to take care of their children – Ian (15), Tanner (10) and Spencer (5). But when an opportunity arose for the Williams to visit some family in the Washington, D.C., area around the Holidays, he began putting ink to paper.

“I wrote a letter and I wrote one to almost all the players on the offense, as well as Scot McCloughan and Daniel Snyder and sent it out,” Williams said. “And what it did was it kind of chronicled what has happened here in the last six months of my life. Just kind of some crazy things as far as my employment and my medical situation, and you know it was just one of those things where it was kind of a shot in the dark.”

You see, the Redskins were playing the Buffalo Bills Dec. 20 at FedExField. And Williams, a diehard Redskins fan his whole life, had never been able to take his family to a regular-season game in person.

The timing to attend the game matched up perfectly with his family’s trip to D.C. The only issue, now, was finding five tickets.

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“I sent the letter off on a Saturday,” Williams said. “I got a call back on the following Wednesday.”

That call, from an assistant in Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s office, indicated that Snyder “had received the letter and wanted to provide our family with tickets, on-field passes and a parking pass.”

“It was just amazing,” Williams recalled of his initial reaction. “I was, like, giddy.”

Not only was Williams and his family being treated to five tickets to watch the NFC East-leading Redskins take on the Bills – they were getting the VIP treatment.

While on the sidelines during pregame, Williams and his family took pictures of the team warming up, and even got some close-up shots with Redskins players, like Trent Williams.

But for Bruce Williams, his Redskins fandom came full circle when he got a chance to meet and take a photo with one of his idols, Jeff Bostic, the center of those great Redskins teams that he fell in love with growing up.

“I got to meet Jeff Bostic,” Williams said, almost incredulously. “I played football in high school and he was the reason why I played center, because I wanted to be like Jeff Bostic, so it was just amazing.”

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The icing on the cake that afternoon was the end result at FedExField.

Led by 319 yards and four passing touchdowns (and one rushing score) by quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Redskins claimed a 35-25 victory over the Bills to send everyone home even happier.

“The game was amazing,” Williams recalled. “The way they just dismantled the Bills … It was great, I mean my wife had never been to a football game, nor had any of my children.”

And, to show his appreciation to Snyder and the Redskins for an unbelievable experience, Williams used all those pictures his family snapped throughout the day to create a book, “Mr. Williams Goes To Washington.”

“I thought, you know, one of things that’s great about Mr. Snyder is he talks about growing up as a kid and going to games at RFK,” Williams said. “So we’ve got these pictures, and I made a version of the book for Mr. Snyder. It gives him something to see our appreciation. I enjoyed doing it.”

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