If you read my look at the careers of a few choice Redskins defensive backs after 30, you’ll understand how potent a safety tandem Washington had in the ’70s. Both Brig Owens and Ken Houston were named to the list of 80 greatest Redskins.
A few weeks ago during Alumni Homecoming weekend, I had the chance to roam with a camera and a microphone at a gala Dan Snyder and Bruce Snyder held for distinguished alumni, whom I interviewed about the brotherhood that bonds past players and what Redskins pride means to each of them.
We’ve been rolling out the interviews on Redskins.com, and I’m going to bring some your way in the coming weeks. First up, Owens and Houston. Read more »
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Things I’m worried will happen to me after my 30th birthday:
-A trip to Home Depot will be a treat.
-My sweater collection will expand. I’ll wear a wool sheath every day, even in the summer. (I’m wearing a sweater today. It’s happening already.)
-The bridge from my chest mane to my back scruff will finally connect, creating a Beringia of sorts.
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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 Chris DeLisi explores the amazing story of Brig Owens.
For anyone that watched the Redskins during the late 1960’s and 1970’s the name Brig Owens should ring a bell. Well before the days of “shutdown” being a commonly used football term for defensive backs who harassed aerial attacks, Owens led the team in interceptions on three different occasions and when paired with fellow safety Ken Houston in the latter stages of his career, teams didn’t dare take a stab at the twosome.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Owens was drafted as a strong safety by the Dallas Cowboys in 1965. Immediately following his rookie season, though, he was traded to the Redskins; a move that he says was easily the best moment of his life.
Owens loved the Redskins, and was one of the best defensive backs to ever wear burgundy and gold, finishing with 36 interceptions in his career, second all-time in Redskins’ history and is currently a member of the prestigious 80 Greatest Redskins.
Towards the end of his playing career, though, he began weighing his options of possible careers to pursue and ultimately decided on law school.
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The Washington Redskins are preparing to kick off their 81st campaign on the heels of one of the most exciting finishes in franchise history.
The 2012 NFC East Champs were led by the marvelous play of quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris. The tandem rumbled over opposing defenses en route to a league-high 2,709 yards on the ground. The offensive charge led the team back to postseason play for the first time since 2007.
Back in the 1970’s, the Redskins were a consistent Lombardi Trophy threat because of clutch plays made on the defensive side of the pigskin.
One play at RFK Stadium on a Monday night primetime matchup against the Dallas Cowboys symbolizes just how great that unit was during the decade.
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While all of us would much rather be covering practice this week as players prepare for the NFC Championship game, the offseason does offer time for reflection and review.
One of the best parts of working out of Redskins Park is digging through the filing cabinets full of miscellaneous photos, and digging back through the online archives looking for photos with a story.
Not every search yields exciting results, but every now and then a gem turns up of a memory lost in time. Don’t ask me why some of these photos were taken in the first place, but a tip of the cap to whoever decided they were worth saving in public record.
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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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