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Famous Faces In The 1991 Press Guide

Posted by Matt Terl on February 3, 2010 – 1:44 pm

As I mentioned yesterday, new Redskins wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell both started AND finished his playing career with Washington.

The wide receiver came on board as a twelfth-round pick of the Redskins in what turned out to be the Super Bowl season of 1991. He spent that entire season on injured reserve but was given a Super Bowl ring when the team won, and has his name on the Lombardi Trophy.

He signed with Cleveland in ’92 and began a productive-if-nomadic NFL career that included another Super Bowl win in Tampa Bay and a cup of coffee with the Houston Texans in Summer 2007 where he would’ve briefly worked with then-Texans-QB-coach Kyle Shanahan. He finished his career where he started it, finally donning a Redskins jersey in regular season games during the 2007 season.

With all that in mind, I checked the team’s 1991 press guide to see if there was any other interesting information on McCardell. I didn’t find much, but was able to get a look at his terrific early-90’s hairstyle.

He wasn’t the only one sporting the Kid ‘n Play-influenced look, though, nor was his the highest of the hi-top fades that year. No, that honor belonged to cornerback Sidney Johnson.
Ah, 1991. Here’s a contemporaneous profile of Kid ‘N Play in the then-one-year old Entertainment Weekly magazine, just to provide context for those of you who aren’t geriatric like me.

Anyhow, it wasn’t all tonsorial flashbacks in the media guide; there were a startling number of people on that roster who still have an influence on today’s NFL. For example:

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More Legacy From Redskins Broadcast Network

Posted by Matt Terl on February 3, 2010 – 10:44 am

A number of people emailed to let me know that they enjoyed my posting of the first segment of RBN’s “The Legacy” documentary, and wondering if I would put up future segments. To which I say “Sure, why not.”

Here’s part two, which pairs controversial owner George Preston Marshall with Bobby Mitchell, the first African American player on the Redskins. Part three, Sam Huff and Charley Taylor, is after the jump, and you can find all the segments in one place at the dedicated Legacy page on Redskins.com.

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Wednesday, February 3: When Chris Cooley Met Mike Shanahan

Posted by Matt Terl on February 3, 2010 – 9:05 am

Because Chris Cooley is at the Super Bowl as a crusading reporter for OCNN, he’s going to wind up doing a lot of interviews. This is because the near-infinite number of sportstalk programs emanating from Miami this week need a near-infinite number of guests to fill all that airtime, and Cooley — a funny, articulate Pro Bowl tight end on a major market team with a new head coach and new general manager — makes for a pretty good get.

One of those interviews yesterday was with The Scott Van Pelt Show, on ESPN Radio. Van Pelt is a proud Maryland alum and a DC-area sports fan, but his national show isn’t aired on ESPN980 which (quite rightly) devotes the afternoon block to actual local programming.

Cooley talked about his favorite tight ends in the NFL (Jason Witten and Dallas Clark) and about OCNN (he’s having fun), but perhaps the most entertaining AND interesting segment was when he explained his first meeting with new head coach Mike Shanahan.

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