Dick Harmon: John Beck waging loud campaign in Washington

Published: Wednesday, May 25 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

Perhaps he is emboldened because Redskins coach Mike Shanahan had him ahead of JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn in his QB draft that year.

"I'm just trying to have the right mindset going in because if you don't believe you're going to be the starter, you'll probably not," he said.

The D.C. press has been smitten by Beck, but he says it's just the lockout and they've got nothing to cover, so he's filling a void.

When he grew a mullet this past year, it made headlines, columns and Internet blogs. The fact he is a hunter and fisherman has drawn fun comedy, including a photo gallery in one reporter's blog that trumpeted that Beck liked making animals die.

Beck's zeal for the game hasn't gone unnoticed and has even inspired some fans — maybe the guy really deserves to start, some say. He's got a William Wallace thing going this spring.

Anthony Schneck of Sportsology nicknamed Beck "The Warrior Prince."

Beck's recent radio words, someone declared, should be keyed up to NFL Films, with music in the background. Here they are:

"I love football. I love playing the game. I love standing in there on third down and getting whacked in the chin and completing a pass and quieting the crowd. When you're playing on the road and it's third down and they're screaming, and you can rip a pass in there and get it and shut 'em all up, I love it.

"I love scoring a touchdown and knowing exactly what that person that I threw the touchdown pass to put into it. I like knowing that my O-line never gets to touch the football, but they're busting their butts because they want to win, and they're OK with not touching the football.

"I love seeing everybody excited. I love the feeling after the game when you've put in all that work and you won. And at times, even though I hate losing, sometimes I love the feeling after a loss, when you say you know what, that sucked, and I never want that to happen again. Let's find a way to work even harder. Let's find a way to play even better so we can go out there and win next week. Sometimes I love that feeling.

"There are SO many feelings that I have missed because I haven't been able to be the guy. I've been the backup. I can't tell you, I'm so excited for the first time in a real game that I get drilled under the chin while throwing the ball. I'm probably gonna smile, because I've missed it so much."

The Redskins had 41 players show up for player-only practice on Tuesday. That included 10 of 12 rookies and an 11th would have been there but he had flight issues.

"We'll have other practices Wednesday and Thursday before we go home," said Beck. "Then we'll have to decide when to get back again. I threw twice last week is all. That isn't enough, not at this level. The lockout is out of our control and yes, we have to wait and see, but there is no vacation this summer because of it."

He does plan on doing his summer football camps in Utah with his former Cougar teammates like The General, Cameron Jensen.

"I can't just wrap up mini-camps and practices and go take July off like usual," Beck said. "It doesn't work that way."

That a boy, John.

I could get used to this new D.C. Warrior Prince.

It would help greatly if he started, and the Redskins won.

email: dharmon@desnews.com

Twitter: Harmonwrites

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