On Tap Magazine | Men Making the DC Scene
Posted By:  Annie Butler
Saturday, August 2, 2014

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MEN MAKING THE DC SCENE

Posted on August 02, 2014 by Monica Alford

 

The nation’s capital is a powerhouse of successful professionals, from policymakers to thought leaders. But DC is also known for its vibrant culture – the eclectic arts scene, a thriving restaurant industry, exciting nightlife and unique neighborhoods. This month, On Tap caught up with six  DC men who are making an impact on the local scene. From philanthropic endeavors to local arts initiatives, these gentlemen are contributing to the growth and vitality of our area in the most meaningful of ways. Learn all about what these talented gents are up to professionally, and what they like to do for fun when they’re just being one of the guys.

RYAN KERRIGAN

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Ryan Kerrigan Linebacker for the Washington Redskins


 

CAREER: Linebacker for the Washington Redskins

PHILANTHROPY: Founder of Blitz for the Better

AGE: 25

LOCATION: Reston, VA

Ryan Kerrigan is gearing up for his fourth season with the Redskins after a first-round draft in 2011. The 25-year-old linebacker says that for him, this season will be about making the plays that are there. While his production has been consistent in past seasons, he is striving to perform with a higher level of consistency, including more sacks and more tackles. Though challenging, he enjoys the dynamic nature of his position. As a linebacker, he’s asked to assume different roles on the field – from rushing the quarterback and getting him on the ground to playing coverage.

Kerrigan is confident in his team’s ability to work hard and execute on game days. He says there are a lot of great playmakers on the team, both offensively and defensively.

“We’re a fairly young team, but our players have also been around for three or four years so we do have a lot of experience. I think that’s the combination you want in an NFL team.”

When he’s not out on the field, Kerrigan is focused on helping special needs and physically challenged children in the DC area through his Blitz for the Better Foundation. He was inspired to found Blitz for the Better in 2013, and says it’s something he’s wanted to do ever since he had the opportunity to join the NFL. His experience growing up with an autistic cousin led to his passion for helping kids afflicted with life-altering conditions – and their family members.

Blitz for the Better receives help from Prolanthropy, an organization that provides philanthropy management services in the professional sports industry. Kerrigan is devoted to using his professional success to support children in need. On September 15, he will host his second annual Celebrity Waiter Night at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Arlington. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward Kerrigan’s Corner in Children’s National Medical Center downtown, which will provide long-term patients with computers, video games and other resources to make their stay at the hospital more pleasant.

Ultimately, Kerrigan hopes to raise as much money as possible and grow the foundation so that he can expand his charitable efforts to other hospitals and places of need.

“I think having a family member who has autism falls under the category of children that my foundation wants to help,” he says. “Anytime we can help someone in need like that, it’s something I’m proud to do.”

Go to www.ryankerrigan.org to learn more about how you can get involved with Blitz for the Better. 

FUN FACTS ABOUT RYAN

  • RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single
  • HIS TYPE: A woman with her own goals and passions, a good sense of humor and a strong moral compass
  • GUYS’ NIGHT OUT: Watching a baseball or basketball game and grabbing a drink in Arlington or downtown
  • FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Filomena Ristorante in Georgetown
  • HOW HE UNWINDS OFFSEASON: Golfing and water activities – going out on the boat, swimming, etc.
  • RELAXING DURING FOOTBALL SEASON: Reading, hanging out and letting his body heal
  • STYLE: Relaxed – jeans and a button-down
  • CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: His phone 




 
 
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