Washington fan selling his treasured, heavily decorated Redskins van

Jay Busbee

Interesting story here from our friends at the Washington Post's DC Sports Bog, about the lengths to which a devoted Redskins fan has gone to show his fandom.

Charles Jones owns the beauty of a van shown above — for the moment, anyway. Jones, a 55-year-old veteran, was homeless when he bought the van nearly two years ago. And when he began decorating it in Redskins colors, presto: the team started winning last fall.

“When the Redskins went into the bye week 3-6 last season," Jones told the Post, "that’s when I couldn’t take it no more and I went out into the street lights and created the stripes.” He then added a few names here and there, starting with the expected ones: Robert Griffin III, Doug Williams, Joe Gibbs, and so on. Pretty soon, the entire van was covered in names of Redskins players, as well as a few extra DC notables. Redskins legend Joe Theismann even signed it himself.

Here's the best part, though: someone who saw the van helped Jones get off the streets for good. He's got an apartment and access to veterans' assistance programs, all thanks to the van.

Alas, the van is now on the block. Jones is seeking to help out his family with their own financial issues, and so he's now selling the van on Craigslist for $13,000. He told the Post it would be tough to sell the van, but what it's brought him was worth it.

Jay Busbee is a contributor for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!