The Redskins Defensive Line “Capital Punishment” when through Shocktober’s Paxton Manor in 2015. This Friday the 13th we are expecting some to return to see if they can handle it… They may be big and tough, but some Redskins linebackers were screaming and running in fear on that night when visiting Shocktober’s Haunted House in Leesburg, Virginia.
Just take a look at this clip from NFL Rush to see these players, Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton, Frank Kearse, Kedric Golston, Jason Hatcher and Ricky Jean Francois.
Then Redskins Capital Punishment talked about this haunting experience so much that their linebacker teammates had to check it out… Check out these photos with Martrell Spaight, Keenan Robinson, Mason Foster, Will Compton, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy, Perry Riley, and Houston Bates.
D-LINE, LINEBACKERS REFLECT ON GETTING SUPER SCARED THIS WEEK AT ‘SHOCKTOBER’, JAKE KRING-SCHREIFELS, ASSOCIATE WRITER, REDSKINS.COM, 16 OCT 2015
Throughout the entire week, the Redskins defensive line couldn’t stop discussing their Monday night trip to “Shocktober,” the only real haunted house in Northern Virginia, from across the locker room.
Some of it was a way to process the horror that continued to haunt them – roaming around in the pitch black, listening to unknown animals growl, the usual Halloween fare – and to freak out the linebackers, who braved their stories and went as a unit on Thursday night to see for themselves.
“When we first got there, and Terrance [Knighton] told us the story of the house, it already freaked us out,” said Ricky Jean Francois.
Shocktober’s website gives a clear description of the terror that infects the residence that the defense was willing to enter.
“Over one hundred years ago Jedidiah Carver was found guilty of unorthodox acts of animal husbandry. For these crimes, his lands were seized and he and his family were cast out of the Town of Leesburg.
“Homeless, he moved his family to the caverns that lie beneath Paxton Manor. Here they dwelled for many years. Things went well for The Carver family and they thrived and multiplied. Though as time went on things began to go wrong…”
Knighton was apparently the ringleader for corralling the defensive line, and while the unit has created a tight-knit bond, most were hesitant to oblige the request. Even a veteran like Kedric Golston, who ended up leading the group, was weak at the knees as they creeped through the house.
“I wouldn’t say I was the bravest, but standing in that hallway it wasn’t going to get any better for us,” Golston. “I figured we might as well just push through. Scary at our age [he paused]…it wasn’t necessarily scared, but just uncomfortable. It was just an extremely uncomfortable feeling.”
The photos from the evening tell most of the story — Jean Francois’ eyes bulging out of his head; Frank Kearse’s shirt filled with sweat.
According to Knighton, Kearse probably lost 10 pounds Monday night.
“I think everybody was scared,” Knighton said. “I mean, heading up to it, everyone was anxious. But I think once we got there and realized where we were at, we were by ourselves, it got real. The fact that it was a real haunted house — obviously you’ve got characters, people jumping out and stuff, but it was just a creepy house all around. It was dark, and everybody who was acting did a good job.”
Jean Francois pledges he will never go into another haunted house again.
“I’m talking about from the time we got into the building until we left, that place was scary as hell,” he said. “We were grabbing shirts, shoulders, backs, whatever it may be, we were behind each other one on one.”
REDSKINS’ DEFENSIVE LINE VISITS HAUNTED HOUSE, GETS SCARED, SCOTT ALLEN, WASHINGTON POST, 13 OCT 2015
A couple of weeks after throwing out the first pitch at a Nationals game, the Redskins’ defensive line continued its tradition of bonding off the field. On Monday, several members of “Capital Punishment” attended Shocktober’s Paxton Manor in Leesburg, “the only REAL Haunted House in Northern Virginia.”
As the story goes, Jedediah Carver and his family were cast out of their home in Leesburg more than 100 years ago after Carver was found guilty of unorthodox acts of animal husbandry. Carver moved his family into the caverns beneath Paxton Manor, where they “thrived and multiplied,” according to Shocktober’s Web site, for many years.
The Carvers’ souls now haunt Paxton Manor, and they proved even scarier than Devonta Freeman to Capital Punishment. Here’s how Jason Hatcher described the experience on Instagram:
About last night. Capital Punishment went through a haunted house. Don’t judge us but we didn’t uphold the name. I guess we all got a lil girl scream in us. Lol. #HTTR #FTF #STRONGERTOGETHER #WEWASSCARED
The picture says it all.
They may be big, bad guys that can really stand out on the football field, but when it comes to haunted houses, well, Capital Punishment is just like me and you.
The Redskins’ defensive line, which has become collective known by the moniker above, when to “Shocktober” in Leesburg, Va., on Monday evening.
According to Shocktober’s website, the haunted house is home to Paxton Manor and the basement is “The Haunted Well of Souls.”
And according to Jason Hatcher in the below Instagram post, he asked they not be judged by their screams.
“About last night. Capital Punishment went through a haunted house. Don’t judge us but we didn’t uphold the name. I guess we all got a lil girl scream in us. Lol. #HTTR #FTF #STRONGERTOGETHER #WEWASSCARED,” Hatcher said.