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Newspaper Clip From 1941 Shows How Redskins Players Ate While Training

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on February 25, 2015 – 2:35 pm

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Back in 1941, the Redskins apparently ate a lot of food during Training Camp.

In this archived San Jose Evening News article, made aware to us by Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks), then general manager Jack Espey subscribed to the theory that a “well-fed player makes a good one.”

So when the Redskins traveled to San Diego for three weeks of Training Camp, as they did from 1941-44, the city’s surrounding restaurants and grocery stores, according to the article, “rubbed their hands in glee.”

Espey believed his team, specifically the linemen, should eat as much as they wanted, which, as described in great detail, meant fueling for breakfast with “nine gallons of fruit juice, 12 quarts of cream, two crates of peaches, 15 pounds of sausage, one case of eggs, five gallons of coffee and 50 large rolls.”

Dinner, as you can imagine was the biggest meal during one late August night, which saw the 45-man roster consume 80 pounds of prime ribs of beef and 80 pounds of potatoes.

The newspaper described it as a “first-class victual stowing.”

Along with some eating habits, language has also changed drastically over the last 70 years.


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