Welcome to the 1980s. Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, fluorescent paint was in, and the Redskins were the best team in football.
The 1980s panel on the Redskins history wall is by far the largest, and rightfully so. This was the Burgundy and Gold age of enlightenment in the NFL, when The Hogs dominated the line of scrimmage and The Diesel rumbled the gridiron.
The Redskins kicked off the 1980s by making the single greatest coaching hire in franchise history, bringing Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Gibbs over from San Diego. During the two labor strikes in the decade, Gibbs engineered his team-first rosters all the way to Super Bowl victories.
Whether it was by air or by ground, the Redskins offense was unstoppable and the defensive line was impenetrable on the biggest stages. Whether it was Joe Theismann, Doug Williams or Mark Rypien, the Redskins were blessed with prolific passers and the steady defense of young defensive back Darrell Green.
This decade was also the heyday for RFK stadium, which literally shook from the pulsating Redskins faithful. The roar of “We Want Dallas!” still rings in the ears of those that were there, and the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry was never bigger.
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