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Hail To The Redskins Walk: Part 5

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 6, 2011 – 11:36 am

As part of our journey through the Redskins history wall, today we’re looking at the 1970s, when the Redskins exited the desert of mediocrity and into an era of success.  Going into the decade, the pieces were in place for the Redskins to play some playoff-quality football, behind the arm of Sonny Jurgensen and the leadership of head coach George Allen.

The 70’s began on a somber note with the passing of head coach Vince Lombardi.  Five months later, the team hired a future Hall of Famer, who guided the team to five playoff appearances in six years.  The Redskins put together some tremendous teams in the early 70’s, behind the likes of Jurgensen, John Riggins and Charley Taylor.

The team even made it to the Super Bowl following the 1972 season, before falling victim to the undefeated Dolphins.  In 1971, the team moved its facilities to Redskins Park in Ashburn, and in 1975, the team bade farewell to Jurgensen, an 18-year veteran.

Behind quarterback Billy Kilmer, the team stood on the cusp of another great run by the end of the decade.

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1930s * 1940s * 1950s * 1960s

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6 Responses to “Hail To The Redskins Walk: Part 5”

  1. By KELLY on Sep 7, 2011 | Reply

    fyi the skins were in sterling va on redskin drive before moving to ashburn va….get your history right my ladd….hail skins

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply


    You’re absolutely right, but I don’t think we’re disagreeing. On June 2, 1971, the Redskins broke ground at Ashburn. That’s all I was saying!

  3. By Andrew on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    The facility was located in Herndon within Fairfax County (depending on the boundaries back in the 70’s). Sterling and Ashburn are part of Loudon County. I know this because while growing up there was only a quarter mile of woods seperating my backyard the practice field.

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