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Thousands come to Redskins Fan Apprciation Day

Sunday - 8/7/2011, 7:35am  ET

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ASHBURN, Va. - If there is one thing you can say about Redskins fans, it's that they are fans.

Despite grumblings about their owner and a 4-12 record last year, they still showed up in force for this year's fan appreciation day at Redskins Park.

"Without us, they wouldn't even be playing," says Ian, who drove from North Carolina for the event. "That's all I ask for, is some common courtesy and some autographs."

When asked how they think the team would do this year, fans were cautiously optimistic.

"As long as they do better than last year," said one woman.

Festivities include speeches by general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Mike Shanahan, as well as an open practice.

Players will also sign autographs, and the team's cheerleaders and marching band will perform.

WTOP's Max Smith contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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