We are just a few days away from the playoffs, the Redskins vs. the Packers. Leading up to the big game, we’ve been talking to some of the most passionate burgundy and gold fans. Most of them say they would do anything for their team, but would they fly 10,000 miles? We found one fan who has.
Now you would think this fan is an American who just happens to live in Australia, not the case. He’s Australian, and his only connection to Washington, DC, is his love for the Redskins.
“There’s just a mojo around this team, there’s something special,” says Chad Ryan. “Even when they’re putting in losing seasons and winning 3 or 4 games a year the fans are still something special. It’s just a team that instantly drew me in.”
Ryan is all in – all the way from Canberra, Australia. But the 16-hour time difference and 10,000 miles are no match for his Redskins spirit. Ryan has been a fan for years, and it all started on a whim. “Back about 8 years ago now, give or take, they started showing more NFL games in Australia on cable TV, and at the time I was looking for a young team.”
He’s only been to Washington a few times, but he fell in love with the city and our team. “Back then I did think that the Jason Campbell era was going to take us to big places,” says Ryan. “Of course that didn’t eventuate, but what can you do?”
Ryan has been through the good and the bad with the ‘Skins, only seeing one game in person. He traveled all the way to FedEx Field to watch the Redskins play St. Louis in 2014, when they were shut out. But even that disappointing loss wasn’t enough to deter this fan.
Ryan has now taken it a step further, he started a podcast and a fan blog called “Redskins Capital Connection.” “I basically started that last year just as a way to feel more connected to the team,” he says.
The blog allowed him to attend training camp as a reporter, where his love for the team only grew. He’s even recruiting fans Down Under. “My friends know every time they have questions I steer them right towards the Redskins. Of course, the more they’ve won it’s been an easier sell.”
As for Sunday’s game, Ryan predicts it will be a low-scoring one, but in the end, the ‘Skins will pull it off. “You’ve got to fancy the Redskins in this game,” says Ryan.
Ryan says he will be watching at 8:00AM on Monday and he’s already taken the day off of work.
Now that’s dedication.