On Sunday night, eyes were glued to Hollywood as the 85th annual Oscar awards grasped the spotlight for many across the globe.
The Oscars recognize some of the best cinematic performances from the past year and winners receive an ever so sweet, golden man statuette. It isn’t quite a Lombardi, but I hear it’s important.
Behind the glitz and glamour of the pageantry, however, a very different golden object shined the brightest: A pair of burgundy and gold socks made famous by the starting quarterback for your Washington Redskins, No. 10 Robert Griffin III!
Director Sean Fine took home the Oscar for “Best Documentary Short Subject” for his film Inocente. The feature is about a a 15-year-old Latino immigrant fighting through the struggles of homelessness.
Fine can claim something that the rest of the award winners cannot: having his socks match his shiny new award!
His journey to Oscar winning journalist, however, started at the bouncing bleachers of RFK Stadium.
His grandfather, Nate Fine, was the team’s official photographer for over half a century. He spent countless hours perfecting each and every photo for Redskins nation. Remember, a majority of his work was done well before the modern technology of today where photo uploading, editing, and special effects make photography much easier to tackle.
The Redskins have one of the largest fan bases in the world and without his photographs, many would have been simply unable to see the franchise.
In 1988, the Redskins dedicated their Super Bowl XXII thrashing of the Denver Broncos to Fine after his years of dedication. After the Broncos struck first on a 56-yard touchdown that was quickly followed up by a 24-yard field goal, it appeared as if Denver was going to cruise to victory.
The Redskins, however, adjusted to the Broncos onslaught and pieced together one of the most picturesque offensive performances in Super Bowl history, scoring 35 points in the second quarter and cruising to their second Lombardi Trophy.
The Redskins portrayal of elegance and beauty emulated the millions of photos that Fine produced, and his grandson, dedicated his victory at the Academy Awards with a Redskins portrait of his own.
Fine is just one in the legion of followers that Griffin III has attracted through his epic performances and colorful sock game. Need proof? Look no further than Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper (a former Cowboys’ disciple), who donned RG3 socks on Redskins’ gamedays.
Congrats Sean on your award and keep reppin’ the Burgundy and Gold throughout your journeys!
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