It became official July 9, 1932, with a simple 69-word entry into the minutes of an NFL meeting.
And 80 years later to this day, the Washington Redskins remain one of the most beloved and historic franchises in league history.
The clipping above — courtesy of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame — documents this historic decision by the league, which gave Boston its own NFL franchise that would be moved to the Washington D.C. area five years later.
That 1937 team was led by future Hall Of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh — then a rookie straight out of TCU — who directed the Redskins to their first-ever NFL championship.
Seventy-five years later, the team finds itself in a similar position: With a highly touted rookie quarterback under center. The organization and its fans certainly hope Robert Griffin III and his supporting cast can lead the team back to its championship ways — much the way Baugh did.
Anyway, the Redskins have made it a major point to celebrate its 80th Anniversary Season with a variety of events and special projects that include:
– The Redskins’ “Vote 10 For 80” initiative, giving Redskins fans the opportunity to expand the list of 70 greatest Redskins compiled 10 years ago by adding ten new players or team officials. Click here to vote for your 10 great Redskins.
– The Redskins 80th Anniversary Thank You Tour, which has shown appreciation to the greatest fans in football with various stops in the D.C. area by the special 80th Anniversary Bus — which brings in several current and former Redskins’ players, cheerleaders and team officials. Click here for more information about the 80th Anniversary Tour.
– The Redskins will also be wearing a special 80th Anniversary Uniform that honors the 1937 champion Redskins team. The current Redskins will wear the uniforms in two 2012 home games yet to be determined. Click here for more information about the uniforms.
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