Despite being a straight-laced professional, I confess that I’ve really enjoyed going down to the locker room every day over the last week to inspect each panel on the new Redskins wall. Considering I’ve only been around for about a quarter of the Redskins existence, this is a really interactive way to feel the Redskins illustrious past.
Today, we rewind back to the 1960s, when the man named ‘Lombardi,’ strutted the sidelines of DC Stadium in his trench coat and fedora.
The Redskins kicked off the decade by integrating and adding Bobby Mitchell at flanker in exchange for Ernie Davis. Mitchell went on be a star in Washington over most of the decade, and later earned his rightful spot in the Hall of Fame. In 1964, the team added another superstar via trade, bringing Sonny Jurgensen to Washington in exchange for Norm Snead.
Jurgensen was one of the greatest to ever don the Burgundy and Gold, and brought excitement back to the gridiron in the Nation’s Capital. Together with linebacker Sam Huff and receiver Charley Taylor, the team built a strong foundation for a push in the 1970s. Owner George Preston Marshall ended the decade by pulling a coup, and hiring a living legend in Vince Lombardi to come coach the team.
Here’s a look at the 1960′s section of the H.T.T.R. Walk:
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