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A little piece of history made its way to Redskins Park during the Inova Blood Drive on Saturday morning.
Shady Saliba, 38, showed up ready to donate blood to the worthy cause, but brought a little something extra with him — an original seat from RFK Stadium that he ripped out following the Redskins’ final game at the historic stadium.
An attendee at the Redskins’ 37-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 22, 1996, Saliba was one of hundreds of fans that took the field after the game.
Instead of just pulling some grass from the field, he went back into the stands.
“We all ran onto the field after the game and people were trying to pull seats,” he said. “I was one of the lucky guys to grab a seat. Since then, my goal was to get a lot of autographs from the Hall of Famers, Super Bowl winners and legends that played at RFK.”
Among the many Redskins greats that have signed the seat, Saliba said he’s most proud of the signatures from Joe Theismann, Rick “Doc” Walker, Pat Fischer, Chris Hanburger and Dexter Manley.
Throughout the blood drive, Dexter Manley, Gary Clark, Ken Harvey and Ricky Ervins (pictured above, signing the seat) all appeared and left their signatures on the seat.
“Dexter Manley took up most of it,” Saliba admitted.
A lifelong Redskins fan, Saliba said he was “born into the Redskins family” and now his own niece and nephew have joined in as well.
When asked about his favorite memory, that cold December day is one he’ll never forget.
“It was emotional just because it was against the Cowboys,” he said. “We had a lot of people just running onto the field, running up and down the 50 yard line, I just sat there and looked up and just enjoyed it.”
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