BLOG: Redskins fan spends 90th birthday at training camp

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- A fun part of my day Monday was getting to meet 90-year-old Melba Jacobson. Melba is a long time Redskins fan who traveled with her family ,from Silver Spring to training camp in Richmond.

We noticed her because she had a large sign saying she was celebrating her birthday by spending time with her favorite team.

We went to talk to her and found out she's pretty funny. She had all sorts of quips about how to live a good life (just be happy and don't worry) and about how much she loves the burgundy and gold.

She also enjoyed talking about her favorite players (all of them, although she was wearing a Robert Griffin III jersey.)

After we were done talking, her daughter Sharon Ramboz said "it sure would be nice if you could get some players to come over here and sign autographs". My photographer, Dave Satchell, said "we should get Daniel on this." Daniel Sampson is a member of the Redskins public relations staff. I found him and ushered him over to Melba.

Daniel talked with her, wished her a happy birthday (she actually turns 90 Thursday) and said he'd work out something. I also made sure to put a bug in Tony Wylie's ear. Tony is the head of public relations and a Senior VP.

The Redskins stayed true to their word. Before practice was over, General Manager Bruce Allen and owner Dan Snyder were talking and having a few laughs with Melba. After that the team sent over player after player after player to the woman who's a decade shy of a century old. She was tickled.

Melba received another treat from owner Daniel Snyder. Before he walked away, he told her to pick a game and he would make sure that she got tickets. When she mentioned she wants to take her large family, he said as many tickets as you need.

Everyone made her feel special and I had a warm feeling knowing we played a part in making her memorable day even more memorable. I don't usually like to get involved. As a reporter, I'm an objective observer, but after meeting Melba I couldn't resist trying to help the lady who's lived through 15 presidents.

One other fun moment on Monday was when we talked with players about what they're going to do on their day off Tuesday. Robert Griffin III said his wife was coming down and they were going to check out a movie. He asked for suggestions. I said Chef or Boyhood. Someone else hollered out the new Planet of the Apes movie, which he'd already seen. I'll be interested to know what movie he ends up checking out and whether anyone tries to crash the relaxing time with his wife.

Even though Tuesday is an off day for players, we'll still be here reporting from Richmond. Be sure to catch us at 5, 6, 7 and 11. We have a couple of really good stories to bring you outside of the Xs and Os and I can't wait to share them with you. Stay tuned!


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