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N.Y. Times Looks Back At Redskins During The Strike Seasons

Posted by Matt Terl on March 29, 2011 – 3:25 pm

Over at the New York Times today, there’s a nifty look back at how the Redskins emerged from two NFL work stoppages with Super Bowl championships. There are anecdotes from George Starke, recollections from Monte Coleman, Mark May, and Todd Bowles, and lots of stuff like this:

The seeds for the Redskins’ strategy were sown during the 1974 work stoppage. Starke said players worked out together in Georgetown then, where Coach George Allen would sneak over to supervise, or to hand out workout schedules.

With that in mind, the Redskins were built to withstand the 1982 strike. They played in a strong, pro-union area, and thus became a strong, pro-union team. They leaned on veterans like Starke, quarterback Joe Theismann and linebacker Monte Coleman, who said: “We weren’t all marquee players. So we had to band together.”

Very much worth reading.

(That’s Jay Schroeder in the shorts and Nike Airs in the AP Photo above. Man, I thought the bubble in those shoes was the coolest thing ever at the time.)


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