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Trade Between Rivals Favored Redskins

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 14, 2013 – 12:57 pm


Why would you ever trade a 24-year old quarterback who’s best years were ahead of him and was the No. 2 overall pick just three years earlier for a quarterback who was turning 30 years old before the upcoming season and wasn’t getting any younger?

Because that 30-year old would produce magical season after magical season en route to enshrinement in Canton.

This swap of course is the one involving Norm Snead and Sonny Jurgensen. In the pantheon of most lopsided trades in sports history along with the Babe going to New York from Boston and the Warriors sending Wilt the Stilt out the door, the Redskins picked the Eagles’ pocket clean.

Determined to show them an “old man” can still man a team even after joining the 3o Club, Jurgensen had one of the greatest individual performances in NFL history in his first game against the team that drafted him.

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Former RB Kelvin Bryant Honored In NC

Posted by Chris Herting on May 3, 2013 – 5:02 pm


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On Thursday evening, the University of North Carolina inducted eleven sports figures into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. The event took place at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Included in the 2013 Hall of Fame Class was Tarboro, NC native and former Redskins Running Back Kelvin Bryant (1986-1990).

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Darrell Green: ‘Hometown Hall Of Famer’

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 18, 2012 – 11:09 am

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Washington Redskins’ Hall-Of-Fame cornerback Darrell Green was honored this week by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance company as a “Hometown Hall of Famer” in his hometown of Houston.

Green on Tuesday was given the honor at his alma mater, Jones High School, and was presented a commemorative plaque that will be displayed at the school permanently, according to a release from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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With The 69th Selection, Redskins Pick…

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 28, 2012 – 12:01 pm

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[Editor’s Disclaimer: This is a story based on a fun fact, and contains speculation that is not meant to reflect that actual thoughts of Redskins’ executives.  Any words from Redskins’ executives are clearly defined and attributed.]

Let’s set the scene: The Redskins brass are huddled around one of 32 tables at the NFL Draft.  Last season didn’t go as expected, and the team needs to beef up an offense that ranked in the bottom of the league.  It’s time for a new look and a new face, as the team aggressively tries to dig out of the bottom of the NFC East.

In the first round, the team bolstered the offense with what they hope to be a franchise player and leader in the locker room.  The Redskins traded away their second round pick, and wait around until No. 69 overall in the third round.

With that pick, the Redskins select a future Hall Of Fame offensive lineman in Russ Grimm.

The year is 1981, and the table is located in the conference room of a New York hotel.  The team had finished 6-10 in 1980, causing owner Jack Kent Cooke to find a new franchise leader in Joe Gibbs.  The first overall selection was future Pro Bowl offensive tackle Mark May, who played nine strong seasons in Washington.

But the Redskins arguably found their best overall value with their second pick at No. 69–the same selection they will have in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.  With 30 days to go before the third round of the NFL Draft, the Redskins find themselves in an eerily similar situation as they were in the spring of ’81. Read more »

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A Look At Sammy Baugh’s Bronzed Cleats

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 13, 2012 – 4:22 pm

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On this date in 1937, the Boston Braves left the friendly confines of Fenway Park and headed south to the Nation’s Capital, their new permanent home.  Henceforth, they would always be known as your Washington Redskins.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the move, the Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) tweeted out a trivia question to its followers this afternoon:

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Hanburger Headlines ‘The NFL Experience’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 7, 2012 – 3:07 pm

The bronze bust of recently-inducted Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger was a  featured display at “The NFL Experience” in Indianapolis this week.

This was the first opportunity for Redskins fans to see his bust up close and in person, outside of its home in Canton, Ohio.

Accompanying the bust, was a list of “The Hitman’s” accolades, including his given name: Christian Hanburger, Jr.  It still amazes me that he was selected 245th overall, which fell in the 18th (of 20 total) rounds of the 1965 draft.

That equates to every team in the league pass over the eventual Hall Of Famer an average of 17 times.  Good thing the Redskins got it right with their 11th overall pick in the 18th round.

If he were selected 245th overall in the 2011 draft, he would have been taken only eight picks before nose tackle Chris Neild, and nine picks before the end of the draft.

Oh, how the times have changed.

Also in the exhibit, there was a picture of head coach Joe Gibbs and his three Lombardi Trophies (via @Brianjh):

Nearby, was a display of all 45 previous Super Bowl rings.  In chronological order, here are three pieces of the Gibbs family jewelry collection: Read more »

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Senior Bowl Hall Of Fame Full Of Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 23, 2012 – 4:17 pm

As the Redskins coaching staff prepares to take the field with the South Team for the first Senior Bowl practices of the year, it inspired me to peruse the the Senior Bowl website for more interesting angles.


It turns out that 11-of-95 listed Senior Bowl Hall Of Fame members have at least moderate Redskins ties, with six of those being well-known legends in the Nation’s Capital.  Here’s the complete list, starting with the star power:

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Dick Stanfel Dominant From U.S.F. To D.C.

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 11, 2012 – 2:04 pm

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Earlier this week, the Redskins announced that former Redskins offensive guard Dick Stanfel was a Hall of Fame nominee via Senior Committee vote.

Given that Stanfel played in an NFL era around the time that my parents were born, I don’t truthfully remember his playing days.  But having done a bit of research on the interwebs, I’ve found a few nuggets worth passing along about the San Francisco product.

In college:

If you think the BCS college bowl system is awry now, imagine what it was like in 1951.  Stanfel’s University of San Francisco Dons were a perfect 9-0-0, having run the table on each of the opponents on the schedule.  That season, AP ranked them 14th in the nation, and the Dons were selected to play Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl at season’s end.  The only thing that the Dons had to do was leave their two African-American players, Burl Toler and Ollie Matson (a future Pro Football Hall of Famer) at home.

Taking a stand for equality, the team–led by head coach Joe Kuharich–refused, forfeiting the much needed money that would have saved the program.  As a result, the team was demoted to Division II the following year, and eventually folded.  It was a death penalty to a team and an ideal that was ahead of its time.

But this didn’t take anything away from the success of this group of players.  Three players from the 1951 would go on to star in the NFL, eventually being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  If Stanfel joins them, that will be the most from any college football squad, ever.

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Chris Hanburger Finds A Ride To The Super Bowl

Posted by Matt Terl on February 5, 2011 – 8:42 pm

Chris Hanburger waited 28 years to get into the Hall of Fame — although as I wrote earlier, he never really considered it “waiting” as such — and if you listened to his call in to the NFL Network’s Hall of Fame announcement show above (at about the 5:10 mark), it sounded like he might have to wait a little longer to make his first appearance as part of the class of 2011.

Host Rich Eisen asked if Hanburger was getting on a plane tonight to get to Dallas to be part of the Super Bowl coin-flip, and Hanburger sounded more than a little skeptical. “Well, not tonight,” he said. “Hopefully it’s gonna happen tomorrow. I’ve gotta catch a flight out of South Carolina, go into North Carolina, and then jump on a plane there and head to Dallas. I guess we’ll make it, if the weather cooperates.”

“Yeah, I hear you,” Eisen said, sounding equally skeptical. “You and me both.” The weather in Dallas has ranged from bad to atrocious over this Super Bowl week, and there was no guarantee that commercial airlines were going to be able to get the Redskins great to Texas in time.

That problem has since been solved: Hanburger will make the trip to Dallas on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s private jet, and he’s expected to be there in plenty of time. After a 28 year wait, there’s no way Chris Hanburger get anything less than the full Hall of Fame experience.

One other Hanburger note: his first phone interview after the announcement was with Larry Michael for Redskins.com TV. It’s worth watching, and you can check it out below.

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Chris Hanburger Pleased To Be Elected To Hall Of Fame After All

Posted by Matt Terl on February 5, 2011 – 7:30 pm

Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger is excited to be elected into the Hall Of Fame — “just thrilled to death,” the nine-time Pro Bowler says — but it’s not something that he’s been overly concerned about.

“After all these years, it was never anything that I gave a lot of thought to,” Hanburger says, “because I’ve always felt that there are just so many people that have played the game before I ever played, and players that I played with, and certainly players that are playing now and will play after them, and there’s just going to be so many deserving people and they’ll never even get nominated. So just to be nominated was a tremendous honor, and of course if you make it in there, that’s just icing on the cake.”

Hanburger may not have been concerned about being honored in Canton, but plenty of other people considered it a huge oversight.

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