The NFL’s Top Lawyer Had a Comfortable Relationship with Washington Team Chief

After Allen thanked him, Pash added: “We may not see it the same way. But that doesn’t change my respect and love for you. After all, no one gave me a Hooters VIP card.”

Notes highlighting the close friendship of Allen and Pash are interspersed with correspondence regarding league affairs. When Allen’s brother, George, ran for the U.S. Senate from Virginia in 2012, Pash donated $1,000 to his campaign. Pash didn’t hesitate to say how much his wife and family loved the team, and Allen sent Pash the club’s fight song after the rare Washington victories.

At Christmas and New Year’s, the couple exchanged heartfelt holiday greetings by emailing Pash’s Allen in January 2013 to congratulate Allen on making the playoffs. “Happy New Year – While 2012 wasn’t the easiest year in many ways, I continue to value our relationship and your advice,” Pash said.

Allen and Pash, who routinely call their weekly phone calls a “rant”, apparently had little sympathy for DeMaurice Smith, president of the NFL Players Association, Pash’s rival in the 2011 labor negotiations.

In September 2010, Allen told Pash that Smith’s decision not to pass a Washington home game angered Smith. “The new sheriff in town,” Pash replied to Allen, who is in his first year at the club.

Allen told Pash that a union spokesperson would call Snyder to file a complaint. “This should be a short talk,” Pash replied.

A few years later, Pash wrote to Allen asking to speak. “Please give me a few minutes – I’m currently trying to lower a player’s salary,” Allen replied. “The work of the Lord,” Pash replied.

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