Four Takeaways From ‘A Football Life’: Jerry Smith – Leading A Double Life

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 22, 2014 – 11:08 am

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The NFL Network premiered “Jerry Smith: A Football Life” Tuesday night, documenting the football accomplishments and complex personal life of the All-Pro Redskins tight end.

Per usual, NFL Films created a stunning product, capturing the fierce competitor within Smith while shining light on his life as a gay man during an “intolerant time.”

NFL Media has released segments of the documentary online. The wealth of archived footage from NFL Films coupled with access to past teammates and a commitment to telling Smith’s unfiltered story created a captivating film.

You should take the time to  watch each part of the series, but for now, let’s take a look at some choice pieces from the segment entitled, “Leading a double life.” Read more »

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‘Jerry Smith: A Football Life’ To Air On NFL Network

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 21, 2014 – 3:37 pm

NFL Network will delve into the personal life and career of All-Pro tight end Jerry Smith, one of the 80 greatest Redskins, at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday night in the latest installment of the network’s Emmy-nominated documentary series, “A Football Life

Smith retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions by a tight end. He still ranks sixth in franchise history in receptions (421), seventh in receiving yards (5,496) and third in touchdowns (60).

The documentary covers Smith’s love of football and his fear of losing his career. Smith was a gay athlete who kept his lifestyle a secret from many of his teammates.

“This guy was a tremendous football player. Tough as nails, great hands – just so dependable,” Bobby Mitchell said in the film. Read more »

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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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Series History: Cowboys Redskins

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 20, 2013 – 1:32 pm

You know the deal.

If you were clothed in burgundy and gold diapers, you were raised to despise the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas Week always presents a reason to get fired up. Here’s a comprehensive look at the history of the rivalry. Read more »

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No Matter Who Was At Helm, Smith Thrived

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 6, 2013 – 1:00 pm

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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, 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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