Redskins host NFL boot camp

The Washington Redskins hosted an NFL boot camp in Richmond, VA. (ABC7)

It was a grind today at Redskins training camp, and not just for the players.

"Much respect to the football players," said Naval officer Samuel Johnson.

Johnson was just one of several military serviceman to participate in Tuesday's USAA NFL Boot Camp. Each service member took part in football drills similar to those used by NFL coaches to evaluate NFL talent.

"You come out here and do just a tad bit, it's a really big eye-opener," Johnson said.

"We just went through the gauntlet," said Naval officer Alexandria Stanley. "I thought I was going to fall down for no reason, that was tough."

The program was created as a way to show appreciation for the local military community.

"I know they give back to a lot of communities, so it's kinda cool to feel like you're part of that community," said Stanley. "Especially, if you're not typically from that area."

The hope is that this experience creates a lasting memory for the participants.

"This is a moment in time they will never forget," said Ronny Wright, USAA Military Affairs spokesman. "Everytime they see a boot camp, they see something going on with the Redskins, they will remember this day."

Following boot camp, participants had the opportunity to watch the Redskins team practice and have a special meet & greet with the players after practice for photos and autographs.

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