Keeping Tabs on Washington's Team

Hail to the Chief

Skins fans rally around unofficial mascot

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Friday, Oct 2, 2009  |  Updated 7:05 AM EDT
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Raising Funds for Chief Zee

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Chief Zee has been a fixture with the team since 1978.

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Raising Funds for Chief Zee

Chief Zee needs some help, and Redskins fans are there.
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Zema Williams, better known as "Chief Zee," has been a fixture of the Washington Redskins football team for the last three decades. He's the team's unofficial mascot, and recently he's hit some economic hard times.

In the past year, the chief has lost a steady paycheck, been denied unemployment assistance, and seen medical and personal bills begin to stack up.

Some of the Redskins players, including former linebacker Khary Campbell, decided to rally behind their friend and fan. Campbell organized a fundraiser Thursday night in the chief's honor.

Dozens of fans turned out for the event at Bailey's in Ballston, saying the chief is one of the most important parts of the game experience. One fan said he's as important as the "Hogettes."

Chief Zee said that despite his recent medical conditions, nothing will prevent him from doing what he loves most -- cheering for his team and waving the flag for all Redskins fans.

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