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A Few Pictures Of The Absent Upper Deck Seats At FedExField

Posted by Matt Terl on June 7, 2011 – 5:45 pm

Redskins.com head honcho Gary Fitzgerald went out to FedExField today and captured a few more images of the now-absent upper deck seats. Here’s a sampling:

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Phillip Daniels Doing Some Light Lifting

Posted by Brian Tinsman on June 7, 2011 – 3:15 pm

After completely exhausting everything Chris Cooley has said (seemingly for the last month), intern Brian Tinsman now brings an update on defensive lineman Phillip Daniels.

Now entering his 16th season in the NFL, Phillip Daniels keeps his edge by working out harder and heavier than his peers. In the last several offseasons, Daniels has turned heads in powerlifting contests.

Recently, Daniels shared his most-recent workout footage on his Youtube page. Keep in mind, Daniels weighs only 302 pounds.

He’s been doing a few deadlifts:

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Sonny Jurgensen And Steve Spurrier At The Touchdown Club [UPDATED]

Posted by Matt Terl on June 7, 2011 – 10:16 am

Every so often here at Redskins Park, someone opens a box from storage or a drawer that’s somehow been ignored for years, and finds something completely awesome. This picture — which you can click to enlarge — is one of those somethings.

The date-stamp — which is literally that, a hand-stamped date — on the back of the photo indicates that it was captured by Nate Fine Photo on January 14, 1967. That — combined with the sign hanging behind the three pictured gentleman — confirms that it’s from the 32nd Annual Touchdown Club Awards Banquet, at the Sheraton-Park Hotel in D.C. (Which, in case you’re curious, was known as the Sheraton Washington by the time I was growing up, and is now the Marriott Wardman Park.)

The fellow on the left was being recognized for winning something called the Walter Camp Memorial Award — not the more famous Walter Camp Player Of The Year award, which started that same year and is voted on by coaches, but the Touchdown Club’s own award — which was presented annually to “the outstanding college back in America” (according to this old SI article about 1969 winner Archie Manning).

He came into this banquet having just won an even MORE famous award, the Heisman Trophy, and he would return to D.C. as head ballcoach of the pro team — bizarrely — thirty-five years later TO THE DAY (at least if you go by the date on this AP story). His name, obviously, is Steve Spurrier.

On the far right of the picture is Sonny Jurgensen, who was being honored as the Outstanding Pro Player following a 1966 season in which he led the Redskins to a 7-7 record while compiling 3,209 passing yards with 28 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

(The guy in the middle is a little bit of a mystery to me, and I’ll get back to him at the end.)

Thirty-five years later, Jurgensen would be one of the color commentators on the broadcasts for the Spurrier-coached Redskins, and would be candidly critical of the coach. (“It hasn’t been good,” Jurgensen would tell the Washington Post’s Leonard Shapiro, fourteen weeks into Spurrier’s first season with the Redskins. “It’s sloppy at times, and it’s been undisciplined, which is very discouraging. That’s been our focus — wasting timeouts, not protecting the football. You look at this team, and there are five games they could have won. But they beat themselves. Gosh, enough. Enough.” To be fair, he would go on to blame a lack of athleticism on the team; that’s a tough case to argue against, but … those criticisms don’t really seem to be pointed at the players.)

But this night, both were being honored for their undeniable on-field accomplishments — which might raise a couple of questions about their appearance in this picture.

For example, Why does Sonny Jurgensen look so very angry?

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