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Visiting Old Friends Marchibroda, Brooks

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 26, 2014 – 5:06 pm


You’re never far from home, even sitting in the lower bowl of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Earlier on Twitter, we celebrated our coverage of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine by asking Redskins Nation to identify the former Washington Redskins coach and player immortalized in the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor.

Speedy typists Shaun Wood and David Heyman were all over that:

As promised, each got a retweet and a follow from the Redskins’ official handle. But who are Bill Brooks and Ted Marchidbroda?

Funny you should ask:

Theodore “Ted” Joseph Marchibroda was an NFL lifer, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals before becoming the Redskins offensive coordinator in 1972 under George Allen.

He managed the offense for the franchise’s first Super Bowl team, a losing effort to the undefeated Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII.

During his three seasons at the helm of the Redskins’ offense, the unit did not finish worse than seventh among 26 NFL teams.

The Redskins also did not finish below 10-4, launching Marchibroda into a long coaching career that would lead to head coaching gigs with the Baltimore Colts (1975-1979), Indianapolis Colts (1992-1995) and Baltimore Ravens (1996-1998).

Regardless, he still remains true to his colors, and joins his fellow Redskins Alumni for Homecoming Weekend when he can:Ted Marchibroda

Which brings us to William “Bill” T. Brooks, Jr.

Fun Fact: Ted Marchibroda took over as head coach for the Indianapolis Colts in 1992, Bill Brooks’ final season playing in Indy.

Best known as an Indianapolis Colt, Brooks was a receiver that closed out his solid NFL career in Washington, eclipsing 8,000 career receiving yards with the burgundy and gold in 1996.

Two years later, he became the first Colts player to be honored in the Colts Ring of Honor. Pretty cool.

At last check, he was the Executive Director of Administration for the Colts front office, but for people around here, he’ll always be a member of the Washington Redskins.

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