D.C.'s Draft Diamonds

Created on Apr. 16, 2013 9:44 AM EST

Kedric Golston (Sixth Round, 2006)

I remember Kedric Golston being described on draft day as an undersized defensive tackle with a high motor. That motor has lasted through several coaching regimes and a switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense, and it is still running. Golston’s career is strikingly similar to draft-mate Reed Doughty’s: neither flies to Honolulu after the season (at least to play a football game), but both have remained relatively healthy, are exemplary teammates and are open to whatever the team needs.

More importantly, Golston’s — and Doughty’s — career is on-going proof that sheer effort and determination regularly outlasts lackadaisically applied talent. As Albert Einstein allegedly said, “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” Kedric Golston clearly inspired Al’s point, and who’s going to argue with the follically unrestrained one?

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