Over the coming weeks, The Redskins Blog will be providing you with a different look at the franchise’s past.
Unlike Throwback Thursday where we’ve looked at important moments on the gridiron against an upcoming opponent, this series will examine some of the lighter moments as we go through all of the photos stored at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
The Green Bay Packers have made it a tradition for their players to ride kids’ bikes during training camp.
Apparently, back in 1979 when this photo was snapped, legendary Redskins running back John Riggins had a similar habit, though with a little more rev to his engine.
As the caption states, Riggins enjoyed driving his 1000 cc Honda motorcycle between the dorms and the training facility in the summer.
You’ve got to love the leather jacket and shades as the 1970s took their final bow.
1979 was the last year Riggins played fullback for the Redskins before switching to running back. Even as a fullback, however, he incredibly ran for 1,153 yards and nine touchdowns, which were both career highs at that point.
Riggins still enjoys making impressions with fans. In November, he hosted a meet and greet at the Redskins team store, signing autographs and listening to others share stories about him.
“Some of [people’s] greatest moments are wrapped around their football team. To be a part of that is pretty special,” Riggins told The Redskins Blog. “You get to meet a lot of interesting people so that’s what makes it kind of fun and seeing how you’ve impacted a lot of lives. I never think of it that way, but the truth of the matter is, it does happen.”
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