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RICK SNIDER: Welcome home, Marty Hurney

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Five minutes into my 1985 interview for a career at The Washington Moments, the Lou Grant-esque boss yelled for Marty Hurney to be a part of us. I would be replacing him on the horse racing conquer so he could shift more than to address the Redskins.



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We talked for two minutes and off Hurney went chasing a tale. That fairly a lot summarizes the Washington Soccer Team’s new govt vice president of football/player personnel – a tough employee who’s usually on the run.

Hurney was my mentor. I was a youthful punk reporter on my initially day-to-day paper, absolutely overwhelmed and underprepared. Hurney was our ace, breaking tale immediately after story at Redskin Park. He owned the beat for four seasons right before the workforce offered him a work in general public relations in 1988, before soon getting basic manager Bobby Beathard’s assistant.

Hurney experienced a single ailment, in accordance to a person of our Times co-personnel. He wasn’t obtaining operator Jack Kent Cooke’s lunch. Beathard simply just replied, “I even get Cooke’s lunch.”

At the very least neither of them walked Coco, Cooke’s small white poodle that was despised by all.

Hurney put in two yrs with Washington prior to adhering to Beathard to San Diego in 1990 as assistant normal supervisor. Hurney was acknowledged as a income cap professional, which baffled me considering the fact that his horse betting suggestions hardly ever included up to much.

After 8 a long time, Hurney moved on to the Carolina Panthers, keeping a series of titles right before becoming typical manager from 2002-12, then returning in 2017 until eventually a short while ago dismissed as part of a entrance place of work makeover beneath a new owner.

I realized Hurney would make his way back house. Indigenous Washingtonians usually return since this town constantly has action. Individuals will immediately study a couple of things about him.

Hurney is avenue-sensible savvy and thick skinned. You have to be as a newspaper reporter. Whatever the Twitter globe thinks of this employ the service of is irrelevant to him. Hurney will be remindful of former Washington GM Charley Casserly – limited lipped but truthful. Hurney will not expose secrets and techniques, but also will never steer people today erroneous. Hurney after dated a Situations sports copy editor and no person knew until they declared their engagement. Male, that was a wow instant in the newsroom where by all people realized each and every other perfectly.

Typically, you will never listen to a lot about Hurney simply because, like Casserly, he prefers the shadows to avoid distractions. Hurney is a grinder who would not get worried about general public adoration. Yet again, that’s a newspaper reporter’s daily life. And, Hurney isn’t going to tolerate nonsense. When an editor after berated him around a deadline, Hurney wager the editor could not do it. Hurney took the editor to a game and viewed the latter melt down on a limited deadline. Hurney was my hero for that 1.

That Hurney is a group participant is most likely why mentor Ron Rivera desired him. Hurney is the male who has your back again in that trench. He helped a younger reporter like me get far better without the need of any profit to himself. Hurney just liked serving to individuals to strengthen the employees.

But if anyone thinks my outdated friend will leak news to me, nicely I after called him in Carolina with no reply. I picked up the house phone so the caller ID mentioned Redskins Park and he answered ideal absent. My outdated friend was ducking me. Hurney was frightened I desired to know about a coaching hire so he ghosted me.

I wouldn’t be expecting something unique now. The crew will come 1st.

Rick Snider has lined Washington athletics considering the fact that 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks.

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