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Recollecting Dusek, MNF Touchdown

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 10, 2013 – 12:23 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

Over the next few weeks we will be looking back on some Redskins greats for their heroics on the field as well as off of it. Today, Redskins.com intern Chris DeLisi looks back on linebacker Brad Dusek’s career and his ability to let pigskins roam free.

What do Brian Orakpo, Robert Griffin III and late 1970s linebacker Brad Dusek have in common?

They are all Redskins born and raised in the state of Texas. Although Texas is home to the evil empire that is the Dallas Cowboys, it has produced some of the best players in Burgundy and Gold history.

So without further ado, this is the football life of Brad Dusek.

Dusek, a native of Temple, Texas, was drafted in 1973 by the New England Patriots then immediately traded to Washington, where he would play his entire eight year career.

Dusek was a jack of all trades on the football field.

He played quarterback in high school as a four-year starter where he was a Parade All-American his senior year, but in college at Texas A&M, he expanded his football horizons–playing four different positions.

The former Aggie started at safety, running back, fullback and finally linebacker, the spot he found the most success.

Because of his background as a defensive back, Dusek had a knack for finding the football.

In his four years as a starter for the Redskins, he recorded four interceptions, eight sacks and 16 fumble recoveries, including a signature fumble recovery for a touchdown against  the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football in 1976—a win that would ultimately differentiate them from the St. Louis Cardinals for the final playoff spot.

He decided to call it a career in 1981 due to an ongoing back injury that sidelined him for half of the 1980 season.

Unfortunately for Dusek, the Redskins won their first Super Bowl title in 1982, the season after his retirement.

After his playing days were over, Dusek remained a strong supporter of the Redskins. He and his wife have four kids and still reside in the heart of Redskins Nation in Haymarket, Virginia.

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