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Movember Matchup: Hairy Teammates, Franchise Greats Go Head-To-Head

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 11, 2014 – 9:02 am

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As part of the Washington Redskins’ efforts to raise awareness for men’s health issues during Movember, there will be a running social media contest until the end of the month pitting current and former players who rocked the upper-lip coat against one another.

The Redskins Blog last week discussed the importance of Pro Football Hall of Famers Art Monk and Russ Grimm on the franchise’s success. Defining tough-nosed play, the two were more than just teammates, though. They were fellow mustache rockers.

Today, we look at the next Movember matchup — tight end Clint Didier and running back John Riggins:


Drafted by the Redskins in the 12th-round of the 1981 NFL Draft, Didier spent his first six professional seasons in Washington. After recording only two receptions in his first season, Didier had four-straight four touchdown seasons.

He capped of his Redskins career in a way only few ever have—by scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

The mustached man finished his six-season stint with the Redskins with 129 receptions for 1,815 yards and 19 touchdowns.

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As recently as 2010, Didier’s been seen rocking the same look he had when he was with the Redskins:

Clint Didier

Riggins, meanwhile, was introduced to Redskins Nation in 1976 with an afro, sunglasses and, yes, mustache:

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

It was the start of an amazing ride with “The Diesel.”

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In nine seasons with the Redskins, Riggins ran the ball 1,988 times for 7,472 rushing yards and 79 touchdowns. Even when his 1971 NFL Draft classmates had long turned to careers other than football, Riggins was still tearing it up for the Redskins.

During the 1983 and 1984 seasons, the Hall of Famer combined for 2,586 yards and 38 touchdowns.


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