Jalen Hurts seeks answers about FedEx Field railing collapse

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Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts came dangerously close to a serious leg injury on Sunday when a railing gave way, spilling fans into the tunnel at FedEx Field. On Tuesday, Hurts sent a letter to the Washington Football Team and the league regarding the situation.

The letter refers to the “dangerous situation” that was created by the collapse of the railing.

“I understand the severity of what happened and am extremely concerned for the well-being of fans and media,” Hurts wrote. “As a result, I would like to know what safeguards the NFL and the Washington Football Team are implementing to prevent this from ever occurring in the future.”

The NFL has said that it’s investigating the situation. Based on the manner in which the NFL investigated years of alleged workplace misconduct within the Washington Football Team, it would make sense to not have high expectations regarding any eventual transparency or clarity.

That’s unfortunate. It was a shameful display of disregard for the safety of paying customers and participants in games. And it’s the latest example of the dysfunction that flows from the top of the WFT organization.

I said it during PFT Live and #PFTPM, and I’ll say it again. Daniel Snyder must go. He’s a toxic presence, the personification of conduct detrimental to the National Football League. The league gains nothing from keeping him around. Their toleration of his various misdeeds constitutes complicity, or at least complacency.

What do they gain by keeping him around? What would they gain by pushing him out?

He needs to go. If Hurts had suffered a season-ending injury or if any of those fans hand endured a significant consequence (including loss of life) from tumbling through the railing and to the ground, the outcry to get rid of Snyder would have been immediate, and intense.

Why should he benefit from the fact that he got lucky? He owns the stadium. This is on him. It’s the latest reason why Snyder must go.

Meanwhile, when will FedEx Field ask to have its name removed from the stadium? How is having the corporate name attached to the worst stadium in the NFL (if not in all of American professional sports) helping the corporate cause?

FedEx signed a 27-year, $205 million naming-rights deal for the venue in 1999. At this point, it would make sense to tell Snyder to keep the money and lose the name.

Before doing that, FedEx and every other league sponsor should lobby the NFL to lose Snyder. The game would be much better off without him.

56 responses to “Jalen Hurts seeks answers about FedEx Field railing collapse

  1. Send it to Congress instead. They are currently investigating Snyder and Goodell’s very cushy relationship.

  2. slimglynn says:
    January 4, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    It’s philly, it’s all crap.

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    Uh, it’s in Maryland

  3. pound sand, Jayleen. You are owed nothing. You should learn how to be a QB instead of the running back you are now. Throw stones in your own glass house, yutz.

  4. lesepi says:
    January 4, 2022 at 7:19 pm
    pound sand, Jayleen. You are owed nothing. You should learn how to be a QB instead of the running back you are now. Throw stones in your own glass house, yutz.
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    Lol sounds like a lot of anger towards a guy who doesn’t even know you exist.

  5. They said it was a barrier for handicapped people, not a weight-bearing railing. Send pretty cut and dry to me.

  6. lesepi says:
    January 4, 2022 at 7:19 pm
    pound sand, Jayleen. You are owed nothing. You should learn how to be a QB instead of the running back you are now. Throw stones in your own glass house, yutz.

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    I think he’s owed not almost being killed by a decrepit stadium. I think he’s owed an explanation why it happened. He clearly was concerned about the fans and stayed to assist. He’s a leader, and good for him.

  7. Who has the standing to tell an NFL team owner that he or she must give up their multi billion dollar franchise because they’re unpopular? Seriously, what is the official protocol for this?

  8. supercharger says:
    January 4, 2022 at 7:25 pm
    They said it was a barrier for handicapped people, not a weight-bearing railing. Send pretty cut and dry to me
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    What? Any barrier near where people walk should be able to support weight being leaned against it. Especially if it’s elevated.

  9. No fan of Snyder, but that railing was not meant to support fans leaning on it. It was a handicap railing. Why lean on it? Its 20 feet up, Not like a player is going to autograph something from that high up. Maybe blame fans for all crowding on it.

  10. Am I missing something? Were there structural problems with the stadium that Dan Snyder knew about? Did someone see Mr. Snyder with a hacksaw or a wrench messing with the rail?

  11. Snyder is such a money hog that he built seats at FedEx Field that were under the upper deck of seats so you couldn’t see the field. You watched the game on TVs hanging from the ceiling. They’re gone now because no one goes to the games anymore. But that’s Snyder. He’d probably rather risk a lawsuit than be proactive about such things.

  12. I’d be in a State of shock if this railing weren’t reinforced to hold 10k pounds of force after this. Sending a letter demanding answers sounds a little self-righteous. WFT will take care of it and inspect every other railing like it in the stadium. They will also end up paying some cash in lawsuits. If hurts is so upset he can get in line for litigation.

  13. Don’t like the guy but calling for his head cause a rail in his stadium broke is….well…typical of this site actually.

  14. But if Snyder is forced out, who can all the other crappy sports owners point at and say “at least I’m not that guy”?

  15. The stadium is prevalently new in regards to NFL stadiums(25 years old)…yet you never hear about things falling apart, sewage leaks, poorly kept turf, etc at the 3 oldest stadiums in the NFL(Solider Field, Lambeau, Arrowhead)

  16. As should the paying customers, the fan base in general of the Washington franchise, the local government institutions that inspect buildings/businesses for safe usage and occupancy. Any one injured in the failure of the railing and subsequent fall. And lastly if I was Fed Ex why would you want your name on the bag on fire on the porch in Washington that smells like bleep?

  17. consolidatedheadmelter: Dan didn’t build the stadium. He inherited it from the former owner Jack Kent Cooke. Stadium was already there.

  18. 5 250lb+ guys lean on a handicap rail, the handicap rail fails, blame someone else, Snyder is the low hanging fruit so blame that guy..

  19. Jerry Richardson was chased out of the NFL for the same things being alleged about the WFT… that is all.

  20. Florio nailed it — Snyder has to go. Putting aside the toxic work environment, the rampant sexual harassment, the lawsuits against 70 year old ticketholders on tough times, and a perpetually losing franchise, the upkeep and maintenance on the stadium is a complete joke. The field stinks (ask RG3), the pipes burst drenching fans, and the stands crumble. Synder is a disgrace to the league and Washington fans have suffered long enough.

  21. ghlatty says:
    January 4, 2022 at 7:49 pm
    Am I missing something? Were there structural problems with the stadium that Dan Snyder knew about? Did someone see Mr. Snyder with a hacksaw or a wrench messing with the rail?
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    You are clearly missing something here. The owner is responsible for making sure everything is up to code and there aren’t any death traps in the stadium. Same goes for an owner of a theme park with roller coasters. Same for the owner of a zoo. They have to make sure everything is secured and animals can’t get out and maul people.

  22. Dan isn’t responsible for inspecting things. But it’s his house. Pipes breaking and barriers collapsing are unacceptable. Clearly he needs to reevaluate his staff. Which I’m sure starts with the folks he hires at the top levels. I’m not sure why anyone is defending the situation.

  23. Make only cosmetic improvements to the venue.
    Win about as many games as you lose.
    Marketing above all; all publicity is good publicity.
    Avoid championships at all costs.

    The spirit of Art Modell is alive and well in DC.

  24. mrdaz says:
    January 4, 2022 at 9:00 pm
    But if Snyder is forced out, who can all the other crappy sports owners point at and say “at least I’m not that guy”?
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    Shad Khan and Dean Spanos.

  25. I’m a bit confused, all these fans saying they were not offered medical attention yet they were all posting selfies with the players after falling.
    Not to mention a dozen or 2 fans all climbing and leaning on a railing probably isn’t a genius idea in the 1st place. It isn’t a guard rail on a highway. It is to keep a walking fan from falling over. Not a barrier to hold back 2 dozen rowdy fans. No lawsuit here

  26. I would say Hurts should pass on getting this info, but we all know he can’t do it. He’ll probably hold on to it for to long before letting it go..

  27. Theres simply too much money at stake for anything of consequence to happen. Capitalism bby!

  28. Snyder has been trying to get justification for a new stadium in DC…maybe this was part of the plan.

  29. Yep. They should have forced him out last summer. Their fans definitely deserve better, and he’s an embarrassment to the league and apparently a creep to boot.

  30. supercharger says:
    January 4, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    They said it was a barrier for handicapped people, not a weight-bearing railing. Send pretty cut and dry to me.
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    Sounds like they cut corners to me. In every single sport that has an area where fans are near the players there are a fans that lean over trying to get a high five. Thus the smart thing to do is to plan around that because of potential liability.

  31. To all of the Snyder apologists, there is no such thing as a handicapped railing. Any railing separating people from a 10-foot fall needs to be able to prevent people from falling 10 feet. I give Hurts all the credit for trying to hold Snyder/WFT accountable for not ensuring fan (and player) safety at their field. This shows more leadership than I have ever seen coming from Goodell or the NFL.

  32. fbwangus8736 says:
    January 4, 2022 at 7:45 pm
    No fan of Snyder, but that railing was not meant to support fans leaning on it. It was a handicap railing. Why lean on it? Its 20 feet up, Not like a player is going to autograph something from that high up. Maybe blame fans for all crowding on it.

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    If you had a loved one who was reaching over to try to get a high-five and this happened and they were injured you would definitely have a totally different view and would likely be talking to lawyers. It shows a real lack of empathy to attempt to blame the people who fell when a railing collapsed. Hey, why even have railings at all if everything is about ultimate personal responsibility? Why have guardrails on bridges, or streetlights?

  33. Trust me when I say that I hate the Eagles. With every bone in my body.

    The only thing I hate worse than the Eagles are injuries to ANY player.

    This could have been a potentially career-ending injury to a young star, that had nothing to do with a football play. It was easily preventable. Hurts is right to question this, on behalf of all football fans. This is textbook negligence.

  34. You are wrong on this one. I work in the railing industry. Code requires the railing to be engineered to 50 pounds per square foot (psf). The railing manufacturer has to show this to get the county to provide a permit to install. The issue here isn’t the failure of the railing, it is too many many people on the railing that exceed the 50 psf limit. ANY railing will fail if enough lateral load is applied. The fans are at fault here.

  35. You are clearly missing something here. The owner is responsible for making sure everything is up to code and there aren’t any death traps in the stadium. Same goes for an owner of a theme park with roller coasters. Same for the owner of a zoo. They have to make sure everything is secured and animals can’t get out and maul people.

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    How do you know the railing wasn’t “up to code”? Code issues are handled at the point of installation. As someone who has worked in the railing industry for 20 years, that railing was to code and a permit was issued by the county approving installation. The issue was the 8 people putting all of their weight on the railing. Any railing will fail if enough lateral load is applied.

  36. evhfan316 says:
    January 5, 2022 at 8:55 am
    You are wrong on this one. I work in the railing industry. Code requires the railing to be engineered to 50 pounds per square foot (psf). The railing manufacturer has to show this to get the county to provide a permit to install. The issue here isn’t the failure of the railing, it is too many many people on the railing that exceed the 50 psf limit. ANY railing will fail if enough lateral load is applied. The fans are at fault here.

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    Fans lean on the railings in every stadium in nearly every sport (maybe not baseball so much) so why do we not see more of this? Maybe they were initially installed “to code” but perhaps they were not maintained and routinely evaluated, maybe they just painted over years of decay and rust. If the later is true it is still negligence on the part of the stadium ownership.

  37. But if Snyder is forced out, who can all the other crappy sports owners point at and say “at least I’m not that guy”?
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    Peter and John Angelos of the Baltimore Orioles.

  38. Fat fans pushing against a non-load bearing railing are surprised it collapsed. The real lawsuit is that the stadium officials did not keep fans from swarming a non-load bearing railing. That is the failure and should be punished…..

  39. “ Meanwhile, when will FedEx ask to have its name removed from the stadium? How is having the corporate name attached to the worst stadium in the NFL (if not in all of American professional sports) helping the corporate cause?”

    LOL are you serious? 😂 😆 😝

    FedEx and Dan Snyder are the perfect match. FedEx has been circling the toilet for a few years now. Their level of service has somehow managed to drop below post office standards.

    9 of my last 11 packages have been left in front of my garage door because they can’t be bothered to drop it at the front doorstep. Which is super when my wife or I back out our car from the garage and run over our holiday gifts.

    Then there are the drivers who don’t want to deal with obtaining a signature so they momentary pause in front of the house then drive off pretending I’m not home. I find a crumbled up door tag thrown out the truck halfway down the street.

    Yeah, FedEx and Dan Snyder are a match made in heaven.

  40. vhfan316 says:
    January 5, 2022 at 9:14 am

    How do you know the railing wasn’t “up to code”? Code issues are handled at the point of installation. As someone who has worked in the railing industry for 20 years, that railing was to code and a permit was issued by the county approving installation. The issue was the 8 people putting all of their weight on the railing. Any railing will fail if enough lateral load is applied.

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    The issue is not the installation, it’s the maintenance. There is no way a railing in a stadium should fail like that. If the standard is 50 pounds per square foot, that really had to be at least 50 ft.². That means it should be able to handle 2500 pounds. I doubt that much force was applied. Either way, the team and therefore Snyder are directly responsible.

  41. Forgotten in all of this is the unfortunate cameraman who got his leg smashed under the railing. All we are hearing about is the fans who fell. The ones who immediately jumped up to hug Hurts and take selfies.

  42. The other owners, who themselves have warehouses of skeletons, are not going to start a slippery slope of voting out a fellow owner.

  43. bird2urmother says:
    What? Any barrier near where people walk should be able to support weight being leaned against it. Especially if it’s elevated.
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    All the people leaning against it or just some number? Every railing you’ve ever used or walked near has some non-infinite failure point when stressed enough.
    I’m not saying this is excuse Washington or whatever. But it says a whole heck of a lot about the intelligence of everyone who would lean against/hang over something like that. It isn’t designed to hold up a dozen or dozens of people pushing/hanging/climbing onto it, it’s so that someone doesn’t accidently step off of the end of the stands.

  44. He should stick to trying to improve his play to be at least an average QB instead of becoming a mouthpiece.

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