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Ali Haji-Sheikh’s Season Of Makes, Misses

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 19, 2013 – 3:07 pm

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[With six days until the start of training camp, we take a look back at kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh’s 1987 season. Haji-Sheikh’s lone season with the Washington Redskins was full of clutch kicks made and crucial, nail-biting misses.]

Last season kicker Kai Forbath solidified the kicking game behind an NFL-record 17 straight field goals made to start his career.

For years, the Washington Redskins seemingly lacked a franchise kicker that regardless of brisk weather or pressure packed moments could calmly walked up to the huddle, make his necessary pre-kick steps and tack on three points.

Forbath, however, booted away any misconception that the Redskins currently lack a franchise kicker.

While not necessarily the franchise caliber player of his predecessor (Mark Moseley) or successor (Chip Lohmiller), Ali Haji-Sheikh’s was just one of many whose under-the-radar contributions led to a Lombardi Trophy—something Forbath and Redskins fans hope to replicate this season.

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John Riggins’ 1984 Season Still Best Ever

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 19, 2013 – 1:00 pm

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Check NFL rushing stats over the last two seasons and there is one very obvious trend—running backs over the age of 30 almost never cross the century mark anymore.

No running back age 30 or older ran for 1,000 yards last season. The last to do so was former Denver Bronco Willis McGahee in 2011.

As production withers as backs get closer to 30, they often opt for either retirement or a lessened role to limit the already immense amount of pounding their bodies have taken.

35-year-old running back rushing for 1,000 yards? That’s just crazy—unless you’re the great John Riggins.

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The Instagram Lifestyle of Reed Doughty

Posted by Alex Corddry on July 19, 2013 – 12:06 pm

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Safety Reed Doughty has been enjoying life on the water.

After checking out the Twitter and Instagram of one of the Redskins’ longest-tenured players, it’s clear family, football, and fishing are Doughty’s passions.

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Kirk Cousins On Impersonation, Fan Base

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 19, 2013 – 10:57 am

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Quarterback Kirk Cousins isn’t one for the spotlight. He simply enjoys his time with the Washington Redskins learning under the tutelage of two-time Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan and sharing stories with fellow second-year pro Robert Griffin III.

By now you know all about Shanahan’s decision to take the pair just 100 picks apart in the 2012 NFL Draft, but what you may not know is the man behind the facemask.

Sure he’s a nice guy and is willing to meet and greet with any Redskins fan that crosses his path, but when it comes to the man that picked him—well his personality gets a few audibles in it.

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