A year later, when the league penalized Washington and Dallas for violating league spending limits, Allen asked to speak to Pash. “I’m still talking about this internally,” Pash replied. “I don’t make any promises as to an outcome. But I can assure you that I don’t knock you down.
After Allen thanked him, Pash added, “We might not see it the same way. But that doesn’t change my respect or affection for you. After all, no one else does. never gave out a Hooters VIP card.
Dotted throughout correspondence on league affairs are notes highlighting Allen and Pash’s close friendship. When Allen’s brother George ran for the US Senate in Virginia in 2012, Pash donated $ 1,000 to his campaign. Pash wasn’t shy about how much his wife and family loved the team, and Allen sent Pash the club’s fight song after rare wins in Washington.
Over Christmas and New Years, the couple exchanged heartfelt holiday greetings, with Pash sending an email in January 2013 to congratulate Allen on making the playoffs. “Happy New Year, although 2012 has not been the easiest year in many ways, I continue to appreciate our relationship and your advice,” Pash wrote.
Allen and Pash, who regularly called their apparently weekly phone calls ‘rants,’ were united in their contempt for NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith, Pash’s opponent in the 2011 collective bargaining negotiations.
In September 2010, Allen told Pash that his decision not to give Smith a field pass for a home game in Washington angered Smith. “New sheriff in town,” Pash replied to Allen, who was in his first year with the club.
Allen told Pash that a union spokesperson would call Snyder to complain. “It should be a short conversation,” Pash replied.