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Redskins Memories From Candlestick Park

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 5, 2015 – 5:15 pm

Photos via Patricia Chang

Photos via Patricia Chang

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Demolition has finally begun on Candlestick Park, the weathered host of the San Francisco 49ers and Giants baseball team before each left for Levi’s Stadium and AT&T Park, respectively.

The exterior is still standing but the inside is slowly turning into a pile of rubble. Over the next few days, large construction crews will carefully be tearing down the stadium, a three month process that will reduce dust and eliminate the need for wrecking crews.

One of the Redskins’ greatest memories belongs in what remains of the building, a tight overtime victory in which Washington clinched their first NFC East division title in eight seasons.

The year was 1999. The Redskins hadn’t beaten the 49ers in 13 years. Something had to give, and it did.

Quarterback Brad Johnson clocked in one of the best games of his life, throwing for 471 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Michael Westbrook caught seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown and running back Skip Hicks rushed for 48 yards on 13 carries.

It was fullback Larry Centers, however, that won the game, collecting a 33-yard pass from Johnson in overtime to finish off the game with a 26-20 victory.

The team’s last victory at Candlestick came in December, 2004, when running back Clinton Portis logged 35 carries for 110 yards in the 26-16 decision.

Jeff Chandler hit four field goals and Antonio Pierce returned an interception 78 yards for a score. Sean Taylor, Walt Harris and Ron Warner also intercepted quarterback Ken Dorsey in the contest.

Take a look at some of the early photos. Did you ever get a chance to see the Redskins play there?

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Help Choose The New Redskins’ Snapchat Handle

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 5, 2015 – 3:30 pm

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We need your help!

The Redskins are joining Snapchat and need to pick a handle.

The relatively new mobile app allows users to take photos, record videos and add text or drawings and send them to a controlled list of recipients. Once opened, users are given a small time limit to open and view the message before it is deleted from the server.

Head to the Redskins Facebook page and use the link to vote for which one you think is the best.

The choices are: Redskinssnap, DCRedskins or RedskinsNFL


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A Look Inside The Redskins Archives: George Allen Chats With Richard Nixon

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 5, 2015 – 1:49 pm

George Allen-Nixon

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Over the coming weeks, The Redskins Blog will continue to provide 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.

Nowadays, politicians are cornered into speaking correctly. Especially when it comes to sports.

President Richard Nixon, a passionate Redskins fan, didn’t seem to care about clipping his team pride while in office, seen most clearly in the photo above taken right before Thanksgiving in 1971. He and Redskins head coach George Allen became close-knit partners on the football field.

Here’s a little history:

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Fans Rock Their Redskins Jerseys In Support Of Morgan Moses

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 5, 2015 – 11:58 am

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Morgan Moses remains a fan favorite in Richmond, Va.

Born and raised in Virginia’s capital city, Moses played at Meadowbrook High School while also spending a post-graduate season at Fork Union Military Academy.

Last summer, as his teammates and he called Richmond home for a few weeks during training camp, at least one fan would casually approach Moses daily as if they had known each other for years.

In many cases they had.

In the photo above, Phillip and Buddy Whitecotton are wearing matching Moses jerseys.

As their mom Amy wrote to The Redskins Blog, the boys’ older brother played with Moses back in the day and even attended a few camps together.

It’s always awesome to see support like this.

 


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Four-Tour Veteran Rekindles Redskins Pride

Posted by Redskins.com on February 5, 2015 – 10:44 am

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By Brendan Capria
Redskins.com Contributing Writer

Shelia Barton was decked-out in burgundy and gold athletic gear – from her wind suit to her sneakers.

In downtown Phoenix, Barton paraded through the Super Bowl festivities in her Washington Redskins getup.

Make no assumption, though, the Super Bowl was not an incentive to go the extra mile.

About 1,000 miles east in Fort Hood, Texas, when Barton was not a walking Redskins billboard, she was a camouflaged marching soldier.

Barton, 62, retired from the military having served 21 years (1962-1993) as a first class sergeant in the Army. She did four tours overseas: Panama, Korea and Germany twice.

“There’s a lot of Redskins fans in the military,” Brown said, who brought Redskins gear with her on the tours. “Hey, we show our colors no matter where we go.”

Since her retirement, Barton has travelled the world honoring World War II veterans. She attends ceremonies dedicated to the veterans – even in her hometown in Charles City, Va.

Her roots have stood their ground.

She remembers watching a plethora of games as a child before enlisting. Barton said Redskins Nation was all she knew, so through her military tenure she “stuck with it.” The Redskins have been 1,500 miles away for more than two decades. She doesn’t care.

Barton makes it a point to attend four home games annually. In the 2014 season, she attended the home opener against Jacksonville, Seattle, Tampa Bay and the season finale versus Dallas. She laughed.

“[Dallas] beat us but I was at the stadium in Dallas when we beat them,” she said. “We went crazy. The stadium was Redskins.”

Barton anticipates sitting down with the 2015 schedule and choosing two more home games to attend. As for the other two: she always attends the home opener, and the Salute to the Service game which honors her decades of work.

“We follow the Redskins no matter where they go,” Barton said. “There are Redskin fans all over the country.”


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Throwback Thursday: DeSean Jackson Playing Baseball

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 5, 2015 – 9:11 am

(via StudentSports.com)

(via StudentSports.com)

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Not only was Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson a five-star football recruit in high school, but he was a baseball prospect as well.

During yesterday’s coverage of National Signing Day, video surfaced of Jackson making his decision to play at Call 10 years ago.

In front of him at the table where he would say yes to the Golder Bears were hats from Cal, USC and Oklahoma, signifying his final three choices for college ball.

But, as you’ll see, there were also hats for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as the possibility of baseball at the next level remained.

Starting at the 1:50 mark of the video, you’ll see Jackson running down a pop-fly and getting himself a hit.

During his senior season, Jackson batted .296 with 25 stolen bases and 20 runs score.

(via StudentSports.com)

(via StudentSports.com)

He told Philly.com in 2008 that while he wanted to play baseball while he wasn’t doing work on the gridiron, it was suggested to him that he should stick to just one sport.

“The scout asked me if I’d give up football to play baseball,” Jackson said. “I told him I’d go play in the minor leagues in the off-season, but I was going to play football. They just wanted me to give it up. I was going to play both when I got to [the University of California], but I was so successful my first year of football that I didn’t do it.”

So, Jackson ended his baseball career, paving the way for one of the most prolific NFL careers in recent years:


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