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Vote Hogs As NFL’s Greatest Offensive Line

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 10, 2014 – 8:16 am

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

Redskins fans know that the “Hogs” — the team’s front line during its run of four Super Bowl appearances and three titles from 1982 to 1991 — is the greatest offensive line in NFL history.

But today you can prove it with a simple click.

Be sure to run on over to the Talk Of Fame Network website (click here) and participate in this poll and select the ‘1980s Redskins’ as “The Greatest Offensive Line Ever Assembled.”

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Pick ’82 ‘Skins For ‘America’s Game’

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 14, 2012 – 3:18 pm

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Redskins fans: Need some plans for 8 p.m. (ET), Saturday, June 23?

Why not kick up your feet and relive the story of the 1982 Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins?

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Hog: ‘I Just Wanted To Thank The Fans’

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 30, 2012 – 11:57 am

He may not have the name recognition of some other original members of The Hogs, the Redskins’ talented and famous offensive line of the 1980s and early 1990s, but Fred Dean was just as important of a piece as anybody to the Redskins’ first-ever Super Bowl title in the 1982 season.

Dean was among the Redskins greats that came aboard the Redskins’ 80th Anniversary Thank You Tour bus Thursday in its first stop in Winchester, Va.

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Fans Turning Out For Some Appreciation

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 6, 2011 – 10:35 am

It’s still an 90 minutes until practice begins, but the fan festivities are under way and there is already a larger crowd here than I’ve seen for all of training camp.

This is video from about 9:30 a.m. and the crowd has already tripled:

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George Starke Sets Me Straight On The Hogs

Posted by Matt Terl on May 12, 2010 – 2:22 pm

One thing that general manager Bruce Allen has been consistently emphatic about since taking the position here is restoring the connection between the Redskins and the community in the D.C. area. I remember him being particularly vehement on the topic during this year’s Pigskin Club awards banquet, when Pigskin Club president Lucille Hester reminisced about convincing then-Redskins coach George Allen to allow her group of area youth into practice:

“[Bruce Allen]’s father was the first one to allow me to bring children to the Redskins game. Redskins games were always sold out, for years,” she said, referring to former Redskins coach George Allen. “But he allowed me to bring the children to the Redskins games, and Bruce was a little fella that always thought he was the coach.”

I no longer have Allen’s response recorded or transcribed, but I recall it as being a pretty firm statement that tradition of allowing Pigskin Club kids to watch a few practices would be making a return appearance.

During the mini-camps so far, Allen is certainly practicing what he’s preached. At the first mini-camp, there was a seminar for high school coaches. And each day of the second mini-camp was opened to a different invited guest: Allen wasn’t able to make good on his promise to the Pigskin Club until Day 2. Day 3 was the Redskins Kids Club, and Day 1 was the Excel Institute.

And inviting the Excel Institute was Bruce Allen making good on another of his vows: bringing former Redskins into the current Redskins community. The Excel Institute, a free school that offers job training to at -risk youth, is the brainchild of George Starke, a man probably best known as Head Hog.

Starke was the right tackle of the original Hogs, and he seemed to spend most of the day excited: excited to talk, excited to be back at Redskins Park, excited about his school, and excited to set me straight on something.

I was asking Starke what he saw as he watched the offensive line, and I made some reference to the famous Shanahan zone blocking scheme and its required quicker, smaller offensive linemen. “Must be different for you,” I stammered, while Starke looked at me like I had suddenly starting yelping like a dog. “I mean, the quicker, more athletic linemen, as opposed to you guys — not that you weren’t athletic, I mean, but –” (as you’ve probably gathered, this wasn’t my smoothest interview of all time). “Anyhow, this is a different approach, huh?”

Starke continued to stare at me for a few seconds, then shook his head. “You’re wrong,” he said. And then he explained exactly why. Read more »

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On Russ Grimm's Hall of Fame Credentials

Posted by Matt Terl on January 13, 2010 – 4:16 pm

Russ Grimm — former Hog and former Redskins assistant coach — is a little busy right now, getting his Arizona Cardinals ready for a playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. (Also, possibly, either scheduling or avoiding a head coaching interview with the Buffalo Bills, depending on who you believe.)

But it’s good that he’s productively occupied, since it’s probably keeping him from finding out that he’s about twelve seconds away from turning into Art Monk v.2.0, at least from a Redskins-not-in-the-Hall-of-Fame standpoint. With Joe Bugel’s retirement today, the lack of Hogs in the Hall of Fame was a pretty hot topic.

Considering that the audience consisted of Hogs, ex-Hogs, people who coached Hogs, people who write about Hogs, and the spiritual successors to the Hogs, no one was going to come out and say Hey, these guys don’t belong in Canton! But that doesn’t mean that everyone was marching in lockstep. Read more »

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