Bobby Mitchell did everything he could.
The flanker threw a successful 17-yard pass, handled 17 carries for 39 yards and caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Sonny Jurgensen to give the Redskins a three-point lead over the the Falcons in the fourth quarter on Oct. 15, 1967.
But Mitchell didn’t kick. Washington missed the extra point after his scoring catch, and the Falcons tied the contest at 20 on a 31-yard field goal from Wade Traynham. Mitchell finished the day with 114 yards receiving but had to accept a 20-20 tie in the second ever meeting between Atlanta and Washington.
The Redskins are 15-7-1 all-time against the Falcons. Read more »
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Over the next few weeks we will be looking back on some Redskins greats for their heroics on the field as well as off of it. Today, Redskins.com intern Jamie Lockie looks back at the long career of Jerry Smith.
One of the most recognizable and popular Redskins players of his era, Jerry Smith was knowingly one of the best football players around.
Thirsty six years ago this season, he’s remains a player who vastly improved the Redskins’ image and still remains one of the greatest in Burgundy and Gold history and remains one of only 44 in franchise history, coaches and officials included, in the Ring of Fame.
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Redskins fans unite to form the best fanbase not only the NFL but across the entire sports spectrum. That’s obvious.
No matter if it is a Robert Griffin III dazzling 76-yard touchdown, a Darrell Green punt return, or John Riggins barreling over the Miami Dolphins determined to bring our Nation’s Capital its first Lombardi Trophy, Redskins Nation basks in the glory of the franchise’s success together.
What isn’t so clear, though, is every fan’s thoughts on the four greatest Redskins. Whether it is at the water cooler at work or at your local bar, debates rage over who are the best in Redskins history.
Put all the banter aside and let your voice be heard as to who deserves the prestigious honor of being on the Redskins’ Mt. Rushmore.
Tags: art monk, bobby mitchell, darrell green, Doug Williams, george allen, Jack Kent Cooke, Joe Gibbs, joe theismann, John Riggins, Robert Griffin III, Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen, The Hogs
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Redskins’ Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell this weekend is hosting his final Hall of Fame Golf Classic to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Mitchell — a Hall of Fame flanker and return man for the Redskins — has hosted the event since its inaugural event in 1990.
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Despite being a straight-laced professional, I confess that I’ve really enjoyed going down to the locker room every day over the last week to inspect each panel on the new Redskins wall. Considering I’ve only been around for about a quarter of the Redskins existence, this is a really interactive way to feel the Redskins illustrious past.
Today, we rewind back to the 1960s, when the man named ‘Lombardi,’ strutted the sidelines of DC Stadium in his trench coat and fedora.
The Redskins kicked off the decade by integrating and adding Bobby Mitchell at flanker in exchange for Ernie Davis. Mitchell went on be a star in Washington over most of the decade, and later earned his rightful spot in the Hall of Fame. In 1964, the team added another superstar via trade, bringing Sonny Jurgensen to Washington in exchange for Norm Snead.
Jurgensen was one of the greatest to ever don the Burgundy and Gold, and brought excitement back to the gridiron in the Nation’s Capital. Together with linebacker Sam Huff and receiver Charley Taylor, the team built a strong foundation for a push in the 1970s. Owner George Preston Marshall ended the decade by pulling a coup, and hiring a living legend in Vince Lombardi to come coach the team.
Here’s a look at the 1960′s section of the H.T.T.R. Walk:
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It can’t come as a surprise to anyone that there’s a different feeling around Redskins Park this offseason.
There are a lot of reasons for it, some of them obvious (an almost entirely new coaching staff and a new general manager are going to create a slightly different feeling) and some of them less so. I have a suspicion that I’ll be spending a lot of this offseason trying to pinpoint some of these less obvious differences.
One of them became eminently clear on Friday night, at the Pigskin Club‘s 72nd Annual Awards Dinner in D.C.
“The Pigskin Club,” Brig Owens explained, “has a very rich history.”
The former defensive back, named one of the 70 Greatest Redskins on the occasion of the team’s 70th Anniversary, should know — he was a two-term president of the club. (That’s him on the far right of the picture on top of this post.)
“It was originally started to honor those African-American players who weren’t normally honored back in the thirties, forties, fifties and sixties,” he said, “so there’s a rich tradition. And it’s also a community. You’re able to bring players in from around the country regardless of what color they are; it’s all about democracy in sports.”
Friday’s event was, according to the club’s description, “a celebration to acknowledge the accomplishments of our young people and community leaders who serve as role models.” I was there mainly because Brian Orakpo was slated to receive the John W. Posey Award for his rookie season, and I thought it might provide an excuse to ask him a couple of dumb questions.
“Brian Orakpo came in as a rookie and made an impact right away,” Owens said, explaining the meaning of the award. “The Pigskin Club took note of that and said we’ve gotta honor the young man and introduce him to the community here in Washington D.C. I think he’s gonna have a great career here, and the Pigskin Club recognized that right off the bat.”
Orakpo wasn’t able to attend because of a prior commitment, but Owens was there. As was Bobby Mitchell, another of the 70 Greatest Redskins, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Mitchell is second from the right in the photo.)
Oh, and new General Manager Bruce Allen. He was there, too. (He’s second from the left.)
It wasn’t the first Pigskin Club event for any of those three.
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Ernie Davis And The Bobby Mitchell Golf Classic; Also, Art Monk Deals With The Same Old Questions In A Different FormPosted by on July 10, 2009 – 2:30 pm
It shouldn’t have taken me as long to realize as it did; the mental arithmetic isn’t all that complicated. Still, I had been planning to attend today’s press preview of The 19th Annual Bobby Mitchell/TOYOTA Hall of Fame Golf Classic for almost a week before I put it all together.
See the, golf classic (as I’ve exhaustively mentioned) is a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And Redskins great Bobby Mitchell is the founder of the tournament.
Mitchell came to Washington in a 1962 trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Redskins received Mitchell and first-round pick Leroy Jackson; the Browns received standout Syracuse running back Ernie Davis. Davis died of leukemia before he could play a down of football in Cleveland, a story that recently made its way to the movies as The Express: The Ernie Davis Story.
“It was the first time I heard the word ‘leukemia,’ was because of Ernie,” Mitchell told me when I asked about the connection. “I’d never heard of it before, and we lost him and he never got a chance to play.
“It was kinda frightening,” he continued, “because I’m looking at him and — to me — Ernie Davis coming out of Syracuse was another Jim Brown. And I had played four years with Jim, so I knew what that meant. And all of a sudden someone’s saying, ‘This kid can’t play. He’s gonna pass.’ “
And I’m saying, ‘Jim Brown can’t die!’
“And that was the effect. So when I got here to Washington, when I was approached by the Leukemia Society to help out, that was one of the things that got me to do something.”
Mitchell was initially polite but somewhat dismissive when I asked about the movie version, shrugging and saying, “I would say fifty percent of it was right on about him.”
Then he stopped and thought for a few seconds. “There will be those who say it’s just another flick, but there will also be people whose families suffer with this [leukemia] who be will happy that there will be a focus coming from it. I think it helps in that sense,” he said, before heading out to the putting tournament.
Redskins great Art Monk — also a Syracuse guy — was a bit more charitable about the movie. “I thought it was great,” he told me. “I thought it was well done. The message to be got out of it, was right on point.” Read more »
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