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Throwback Thursday: Remembering 1979 Draft Class

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 1, 2014 – 10:07 am

(AP Image)

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To coincide with Throwback Thursday, the Redskins Blog will take a look back at one of the premiere draft classes in franchise history today to prepare you for next weekend’s draft activity.

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Riggo Ponders The Nature Of Friendship

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on March 24, 2014 – 11:49 am


John Riggins brought the 5 O’Clock Club into the Atlantic Ocean.

Production for the Hall of Fame running back’s culinary show, “Riggo On The Range,” was the excuse for a reunion aboard the Hog Wild, Russ Grimm’s fishing boat in the Outer Banks of Manteo, N.C.

The old camaraderie returned when the “Diesel” hobnobbed with “Grimey,”  Donnie, “Jake” and Jeff –  also known as Grimm, Don Warren, Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic.

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PFWA All-Rookie Jordan Reed And The Best Debut Seasons By A Redskins TE

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 14, 2014 – 3:46 pm



Despite missing seven games due to injury, tight end Jordan Reed was named to the 2013 Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) All-Rookie Team.

The 23-year old out of Florida tallied 45 catches for 499 yards, setting new franchise marks for rookie tight ends in each category.

Let’s take a look back at Reed’s breakout campaign and compare it to a few other impressive rookies throughout Redskins history.


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Chris Cooley and Don Warren talk Rennie Simmons

Posted by Matt Terl on January 8, 2009 – 3:55 pm

I didn’t get to know Rennie Simmons very well over the course of this last season. In fact, as far as I recall I had only one encounter with him, and it wasn’t really the sort of thing that establishes a meaningful bond.

(It’s also not the sort of thing that makes a very interesting story, but here it is anyhow: on the day of the team’s Pro Bowl voting, I was carrying a large cardboard box full of ballots and pens and other stuff to the team meeting room. I wasn’t sure if Zack Bolno had already gone in to introduce the voting process, and Coach Simmons was the only person nearby when I asked where Bolno was. Simmons mistook my default level of neurotic fretfulness as concern and interrupted Bolno in a meeting with Coach Zorn to let him know that “a nervous guy with a box” was looking for him. That’s the extent of our verbal interaction, as far as I recall.)

Anyhow, with Simmons’ retirement, I thought it might be interesting to talk to a couple of the guys who knew him best — one of the first tight ends he coached here, Don Warren (currently a pro scout for the team), and one of the last, Chris Cooley (currently the Pro Bowl tight end, of course).

One thing Cooley confirmed was that it wasn’t just me that hadn’t forged a relationship with Simmons. “Oh, he definitely kept a low profile,” Cooley said, “and even as close as we were, I’ve still never seen his house or anything like that.”

And the two are pretty close: Cooley’s taking Simmons with him to the Pro Bowl. I asked if that wasn’t a little unusual, given their differences in age, but Cooley shrugged it off. “He’s been my coach since I got drafted, and we’re good friends as well as working together,” he said. “It’s one of the odd things about being part of a football team – age is kinda irrelevant. You spend a lot of time together, you know?” Read more »

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