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Happy Birthday, Ken Houston!

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 12, 2014 – 4:54 pm

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Pro Football Hall of Famer and Washington Redskins legend Ken Houston is celebrating his 70th birthday today!

Acquired by the Redskins in a blockbuster trade with the Houston Oilers before the 1973 season, Houston would spend eight magnificent seasons in Washington.

Of course, you can’t talk about Houston’s Redskins career without mentioning the tackle against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Ahead by seven, but with the Cowboys within yards of scoring a possible game-tying touchdown, Houston stopped running back Walt Garrison inches before he could cross the goal line at RFK Stadium.

Game over, Redskins win.

“I do remember that play really well and it was very good for my career,” Houston told Redskins.com. “We played the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, 1973 ,and it was4th-and-4 on the four-yard line. They were throwing a swing pass between Walt Harrison and Jean Fugett, and Brig Owens and I had this combo coverage they call it and I actually thought that I could of stepped in and make the interception. I’m glad I didn’t, because it seemed like I made a great tackle and that’s why I say desperation. I just held the guy up, Walt Garrison, and it was one of the greatest plays of my career.”

Houston would eventually appear in 112 games with the Redskins, recording 24 interceptions and recovering 10 fumbles. He was selected to the Pro Bowl his first seven seasons in Washington as well.

After deciding to call it a day on his playing career, the Prairie View product served as football coach for Wheatley High School and Westbury High School in Houston, Texas.

Then, from 1982 to 1985, he was the defensive backfield coach for the Houston Oilers and from 1986 to 1990 he was the defensive backfield coach for the University of Houston.

Transitioning out of coaching, Houston would then serve as a school counselor, a position he still holds today.

“I work two days a week as a special education counselor in Houston,” he told Redskins.com during the Homecoming Alumni Reception in October. “I work K-12. I part my experiences and things that I have done, and learned over the years, and I’m really excited about that.”

And from whom did Houston learn some of his greatest life lessons?

“George Allen taught us a lot about life,” he said. “You play football, be also talks a lot about life. He taught us about family, he taught us about being a team and I think that the reason that the guys played as long as they did is because they had that lesson.”

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Larry Brown Selected To The ‘Hall Of Very Good’

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 12, 2014 – 2:41 pm

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While former Washington Redskins running back Larry Brown will always be one of the franchise greats — he’s one of 46 members of the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame — and has been considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on numerous occasions, it’s nice to see him still getting recognized for his accomplishments in 2014, as he has been selected  for the Pro Football Researchers Association’s “Hall of Very Good.”

Drafted by the Washington Redskins in the eighth-round of the 1969 NFL Draft, Brown quickly made himself a go-to weapon in the offense.

During his rookie season, Brown would accumulate nearly 1,200 all-purpose yards and found the end zone four times.

In 1970, Brown would lead the NFL in rushing yards with 1,125. In six games that season, Brown would record at least 100 rushing yards.

In 1972, Brown would become the first Redskin to win AP MVP honors after racking up 1,216 rushing yards and five touchdowns while also adding 473 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.

Brown would finish his Redskins career with 5,875 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns, while adding 2,485 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns.

The Kansas State product joins former Redskins Jim Tyrer, Mike Curtis and Lemar Parrish in the “Hall of Very Good.”

 


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Chris Baker Rode Jet Skis, Laid On The Beach During The Bye Week

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 12, 2014 – 12:53 pm

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Chris Baker knew he needed to take a few days off and let his body heal from the constant pounding its taken since the start of training camp back in July.

“It’s very important,” Baker told ESPN 980 on Tuesday. “You get a chance to heal up if you have any injuries. You get a chance to get away from football for a little bit and be around your families.

“People don’t understand how much time we spend inside that football building and we really don’t get a chance to see our significant others and families at home, so it gives us a lot of time to catch up with our immediate family and just a chance to relax and get our bodies back right.”

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So, with his fiance able to get some time off as well, Baker headed to Miami, Fla., where he spent days sunbathing and riding jet skies among other things.

“It was excellent,” he said. “Me and my fiancé got a chance to go out in Miami and relax and sit in some 80-degree weather and listen to the waves hit the sea. We stayed right off the beach so it was great. It was walking distance from the beach.”

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Baker, who checks in at 6-foot-2, 325 pounds, said that he really enjoys riding jet skies.

“I was able to ride the regular jet ski just like the normal people,” he said with a slight laugh. “I wasn’t too big. I wasn’t over the weight limit for this one.”

Through the first nine games of the season, Baker has recorded 23 tackles.

 


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Redskins Answer Phones During USO-Metro’s Turkeys For Troops Telethon

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 12, 2014 – 10:23 am

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Established in 2008, USO-Metro created its Turkey for Troops program to assist lower enlisted military families with the acquisition of the ingredients necessary to provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Also part of the program is the opportunity to purchase a gift card for these service members in need that will be used to buy a fresh turkey.

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Redskins Salute on Tuesday participated in USO-Metro’s Turkey for Troops Telethon, which was on WUSA-9.

Running back Alfred Morris, fullback Darrel Young, tight end Niles Paul, offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao and safety Akeem Davis were present, as they answered phones and accepted donations as a way to give thanks to local servicemen and servicewomen and their families.

 

 

 


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Art Monk To Students: ‘I Encourage You To Be Great’

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 12, 2014 – 8:31 am

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Students across the nation were treated to quite the guest speaker Tuesday afternoon, as they had the chance to listen to Pro Football Hall of Famer and Washington Redskins legend Art Monk discuss his life in football and how to succeed off of it as part of the the Heart of a Hall of Famer character series.

Streamed on the Internet so that students from the East Coast to the West Coast have an opportunity to hear them speak, the series provides provides students the opportunity to interact and learn first-hand from legendary Gold Jackets what it takes beyond athletic ability to achieve success on and off the football field.

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Redskins Fan Hosts Tailgate At Hospital For Mom As She Recovers From Surgery

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 12, 2014 – 7:00 am

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John Roth and his family knew Washington Redskins football would get their minds off the fact their mother was possibly going to be diagnosed with cancer for a second time.

Roth’s mother, Rose, was diagnosed with colon cancer a little more than 10 years ago. But, thanks to a series of successful chemotherapy sessions and surgeries, she was able to defeat the cancer.

However, earlier this year during one of her checkups, the doctors noticed something unusual.

“During one of her normal checkups, the doctors found a lemon-sized mass in the same spot as the cancer was a decade ago,” Roth told Redskins.com. “So we all feared the worst and were ready to battle this head on again and give her all the support she needed and deserved.”

Going into a surgical procedure that lasted nearly seven hours on Oct. 24, Rose would remain at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center for nearly a week after, awaiting news of her biopsy.

On the Sunday following surgery, Rose’s Redskins were in Minnesota to take on the Vikings.

Already carving out time to see his mother daily, John and his brother Blake along with his fiance, Lindy, decided they would host a tailgate at the hospital.

“My mom is a big Redskins fan like me and this was kind of her idea, because she knows how much I love the ‘Skins as well,” Roth began. “So we wanted to get a feeling of normalcy back. I packed Saturday night once we got home and got my Sean Taylor towel, Alfred Morris jersey, ‘Skins breast cancer Nike shirt and RGIII socks, and we headed over.

“It was great because those four hours took everyone’s mind off of the battle she was going through, and we were all in the moment watching the team and game we love.”

The next day, Rose received great news — she was still cancer free.

“The following day at 2 p.m, the surgeon walked in with me, mom, Blake and Lindy in the room and told us that she couldn’t believe it but the results came back and NEGATIVE for cancer,” he said. “We all lost it and were a ball of emotion including the surgeon. Negative for tumor and NEGATIVE for cancer. Our prayers were answered.”

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Moving forward, Roth is looking forward to the rest of the season, as he’ll but rooting the Redskins on the whole way, starting in-person this Sunday at FedExField when the team takes on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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“I am stoked for the rest of the season. HTTR for life.”

 


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