Throwback Thursday: George Starke And Shakespeare?

Posted by Stephen Czarda on January 29, 2015 – 11:50 am

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The headline sounds a little bizarre considering Shakespeare died in 1616 and George Starke and his fellow Hogs weren’t pushing around defensive lineman until the 1980’s, but lifelong Redskins fan Nicholas Long sent an interesting tidbit about the two to Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins.

In a package sent to Michael including a t-shirt of Starke and Shakespeare together, Long wrote a letter explaining how the two are related.

You see Long’s daughter, Andrea, was organizing a summer festival called “Shakespeare on the Green” in 1992.

The idea behind “Shakespeare on the Green” was to promote theater and community events in the Nation’s Capital. But, just as many events similar face, the program needed funding help.

In steps Starke and the Redskins.

The idea of connecting “the world’s greatest writer with the world’s great offensive football line” sprung during a meeting.

Andrea eventually called Starke with the idea of combing Shakespeare and he. Starke loved the idea.

A limited edition t-shirt of the two was created and one of the few that weren’t sold is now with us here at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

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While I’ve filled you in with some of the info, check out the complete story on “Redskins Nation,” which can be seen tonight at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., and tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.


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