Dan Snyder offers $20K for fan's Redskins van

Charles Jones received a call from Dan Snyder about his van. (Sarah Kogod, Washington Post)
Redskins owner Dan Snyder takes a lot of criticism, but whatever your thoughts about his football acumen there's no denying his charitable contributions in Washington, DC area. One you won't find on the team's website might be the most impressive: Snyder has offered to pay $20,000 for a decked-out Redskins van owned by 55-year-old Charles Jones, a veteran who was homeless when he purchased it in Feb. 2012.

Jones painted the van after the team's 3-6 start last season, which coincided with the Redskins' run to the division title and the playoffs. But now, financial obligations has Jones selling the van.

The Redskins called Jones with the offer while the Washington Post's Sarah Kogod was doing a story on Jones.

“I don’t know if that was a gag, or whatever, but he said that Dan Snyder would like to buy the van for $20,000,” Jones told Kogod when he hung up the phone. “That’s just what I need.”

Jones continued: “I have my faith, and I’ve tried to be patient. This means so much. I can pay off my debts, I can help my family. ... And the most important thing, I can finally afford to go visit my daughter and grandkids. That means more to me than anything.”

Kogod was able to get Jones' reaction as he received the good news.

* Image via the Washington Post

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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