ASHBURN, Va. -- A weekly look at one of the Redskins players, talking a little more than just football. This week: Ryan Grant.
Position: Wide receiver
Person you most admire: My dad. He’s a hard worker. He’s been through a lot and persevered through a bunch of different things. He’s taught me how to be a man and handle my business in a professional manner.
Biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome: In 2011, I had a season-ending injury and had to battle back from that, a sports hernia. I had some mental issues: It felt like, would I be full-tilt boogie when I got back on the field? I just put my head down and worked extra hard. The results speak for itself. To get through it, I talked to close friends, my parents, prayed.
Favorite football memory: Man, in 2010 vs. Rice. Game-winning touchdown. It felt amazing. I remember they were going to call my number and the quarterback threw a great ball and I ran up under it and sprinted to the end zone. It was pretty deep – like 70, 80 yards (actually: 73 yards with 1:46 to play). We were backed up. I caught the ball at midfield.
What you dreamed of being as a kid: I wanted to be a running back, but I guess I was never fast enough. I never got a shot at it, never played it. I played quarterback, but I always wanted to play running back. I knew I always wanted to play football.
Favorite meal: Seafood. I like shrimp; I like it with a good seafood pasta.
What people would be surprised to learn about you: I’m pretty plain, man. They might be surprised that I like yoga. I started it last summer. It gets you stronger, more flexible. It’s great for the mind, body and soul.
What you like to do away from the field: Hang out at home, rest up, play video games. I don’t have hobbies. I’m just always working out in the offseason.
Habit you’re glad you have: I’m not sure if this is a habit, but I take pride in working hard and trying to perfect my craft. I’ll get on the cones and ladders [agility work]. I watch film, obviously. I’ve got to stay in the weight room – I work out four days a week or so in the offseason.
How hard it is to adjust to less playing time: It is hard. It can be very difficult at times, but those guys [Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts] have been in the league for some time now. They’re vets and they know the game well. I just sit back and learn from those guys and when I get my opportunity, I’ll make the most of it.