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Former Redskin Earnest Byner Discusses New Book ‘Everybody Fumbles’

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 13, 2015 – 1:35 pm

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Earnest Byner hasn’t let one play define him.

His new book, “Everybody Fumbles,” which was just released in a second edition, discusses his infamy in Cleveland history for the play termed “The Fumble,” and, more importantly, how he learned to shed his internal demons in the NFL.

As a running back for the Browns in the 1988 AFC Championship game, Byner had a chance to score a touchdown and tie the game against the Broncos. As he raced for the goal line, he was stripped of the ball at the two-yard line allowing Denver to recover, ending Cleveland’s dreams of heading to the Super Bowl.

“Having to go through the consistent lashing that I took, regarding that, it just made me want to help people that have made, not even as drastic  a mistake as that was,” Byner told The Redskins Blog.

“In life, we all make these mistakes,” he said. “We all have to deal with learning from the mistakes. We all have to do that. So that initially motivated me into writing. By nature, I’m a teacher. This is another way of teaching but also giving people answers for dealing with different aspects of life.”



The book, which is available for purchase on Amazon and Byner’s website, also details his career, including winning a Super Bowl as a Redskin. His recently started book tour has allowed him to interact with fans and heal old wounds.

“It’s been really good. It’s been a real blessing,” Byner said. “Just being able to shake the hands of people and exchange some love. It’s been really powerful.”

Byner said it was his move to Washington that helped him recover and forgive himself the most.

“That play is just part of my legacy,”Byner said. “The things that gave me comfort was the spiritual connection that I got when I came to Washington, through Coach Gibbs, Tim Johnson, Darrell Green…When I got that spiritual connection I was able to forgive myself for that but still be able to use that energy to move forward.”

The biggest factor was inside the locker room. Byner described there being a “level of accountability” that allowed for an honesty and interconnectedness between players, creating a foundation to bond on and off the field.

“It was a lot of grown men that really took to that mentality,” he said. “It was really powerful to be there to go through that growing process.”

Byner will be coming to the D.C. metro area on January 18 for a book signing at Great Moments retail store located in the Westview Promenade in Frederick, Md.

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Riggo On The Range Takes Joe Gibbs For Quite The Ride

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 9, 2014 – 12:48 pm

Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, left, running back John Riggins, and head coach Joe Gibbs, right, share the game ball in the locker room after Sunday night's Super Bowl XVII win in Pasadena, Ca., on Jan. 30, 1983. The Redskins beat the Miami Dolphins 27-17. Riggins was named Most Valuable Player of the game. (AP Photo)

Former Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, left, running back John Riggins, and head coach Joe Gibbs, right, sharing the game ball after Washington’s Super Bowl XVII win.  (AP Photo)

There’s having a good time during the summer with friends and then there’s allowing Redskins legend John Riggins to show you a great time.

Riggins, a first-team All-Pro in 1983 after a whopping 24 touchdowns and the man who ran straight up the Miami Dolphins’ gut to give the Redskins their first Super Bowl victory, hosts a 30-minute show on CSN Washington called “Riggo on the Range.”

As described on Riggoontherange.com, the show “follows John and his guests around the country in pursuit of extraordinary hunting and outdoor adventures. In an added twist, John retires to the kitchen to show the audience how to prepare a gourmet meal using his prey. The combination of John’s colorful personality, his life-long love of the outdoors and his passion for the culinary arts makes Riggo on the Range different from anything else on TV.”

His passion for the great outdoors was on full display in a recent episode with former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs.

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Denny Hamlin Wins One Week After Telling Redskins Fandom Story, Meeting RGIII

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 5, 2014 – 10:33 am

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(AP Image)

On Sunday, Washington Redskins fan and Joe Gibbs Racing’s own, Denny Hamlin, took home his first victory of the season at Talladega Superspeedway.

Staving off a furious rush by several drivers as the checkered flag drew near, Hamlin crossed the finish line first and celebrated his victory on the tri-oval with the thee-time Super Bowl winning coach in Victory Lane.

Just eight days before assuring himself a spot in NASCAR’s postseason, Hamlin got the chance to meet current Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

It wasn’t the first time, however, that he got to snap a photo with a Redskin.

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Robert Griffin III To Pilot Pace Car At Toyota Owners 400 In Richmond

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on April 23, 2014 – 10:26 am

Robert Griffin III

(RGIII flying down the field in Richmond, Va., AP)

About a month ago Robert Griffin III told Dale Earnhardt Jr. and President of Richmond International Raceway Dennis Bickmeier he was game to drive the pace car for a NASCAR event.

On Wednesday the track announced it would take the Redskins quarterback at his word. Read more »

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What Doug Williams Learned From Gibbs

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on March 7, 2014 – 4:10 pm

Doug Williams is feeling lucky like it’s 1986.

The personnel executive told Larry Michael he never thought he would be back with the team he led to victory in Super Bowl XXII. So when Williams and Bruce Allen agreed on a position in February, he said he felt just like he did when he got a phone call from Joe Gibbs offering him a job as the back-up quarterback in D.C.

“Things just worked out,” Williams said on “Redskins Nation. “And I’ll tell you what, it’s one of the best things that happened to me. It’s kind of like 1986 over for me, to be able to come back under different circumstances.” Read more »

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What Joe Gibbs Learned From 2013

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 31, 2014 – 3:49 pm



Joe Gibbs was like a lot of Redskins fans.

A 10-6 record, an NFC East championship and a playoff berth in 2012 made the three-time Super Bowl champion expect continued success for Washington.

In an interview with Larry Michael Friday afternoon on Super Bowl XLVIII Radio Row, Gibbs said a 3-13 season in 2013 reinforced a simple message. Read more »

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Joe Gibbs Gives Colbert A Pep Talk

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 30, 2014 – 10:14 am

(Comedy Central)

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After appearing on “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central Tuesday night, Hall-of-Fame Redskins coach Joe Gibbs returned Wednesday to light a fire under the cable TV host (or maybe just to get his ring back).

Gibbs delivered a pep talk from a script Stephen Colbert asked him to read. The address had all the makings of a classic speech: a republican president,  a coming of age book for young ladies and SurvivorRead more »

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Stephen Colbert Stole Joe Gibbs’ Super Bowl Ring

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 29, 2014 – 10:19 am

(Comedy Central)

(Comedy Central)

The life of Joe Gibbs in 2014 mostly consists of ministry and race cars. Ministry, race cars and cable television appearances with satirically conservative pundits.

The head coach of Washington’s Super Bowl XVII, XXII and XXVI championship teams appeared on “The Colbert Report” Tuesday night to talk football and assure Colbert  that Chuck Knoll possessed no divine advantage. The two-time coach of the Redskins gave the franchise a nice shout-out on national television.

“I think it’s the greatest town to coach in,” Gibbs told Colbert. “That is the greatest sports franchise I think in the world.”

Colbert, who was born in Washington, said he is a huge Redskins fan, maybe too huge. Figuring Gibbs had a Super Bowl ring to spare, he asked to play with one before pulling the okey doke on Gibbs.

Once the cameras turned off, Colbert probably returned the hardware without a fuss. But I like to imagine Gibbs ripping Colbert and telling him to hit the showers before yanking his ring out of the host’s suit pocket.

Watch how Colbert steals Gibbs’ ring along with the coach’s estimation of Colbert’s muscle mass in the clip from the show.

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A Chaplain Brought Mark Brunell To Washington, And The QB Saved Joe Gibbs’ Life

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 24, 2014 – 10:03 am



The first man to recruit quarterback Mark Brunell to Washington was not Joe Gibbs or a front office executive.

During an interview with “The Sports Fix” on ESPN980, Thom Loverro asked Brunell the full story of how he was traded from the Jaguars to the Redskins before the 2004 season. Brunell told the host he knew was on the outs in Jacksonville when the Jaguars spent a first-round draft pick on Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich. His first indication the Redskins were interested came from an unlikely source.

“Actually (I) got word through a friend of mine, who was at that time the chaplain of the Washington Redskins, Brett Fuller,” Brunell said. “And he had mentioned that Joe Gibbs was interested. Immediately, I got excited… I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Just the opportunity to play for him was  a dream come true for me.”

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Joe Gibbs: ‘Grind Them Into The Ground’

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 22, 2013 – 12:36 pm



The winningest coach in Redskins history will be watching the Cowboys game from the owner’s suite on Sunday.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs directed Washington to three Super Bowl championships and was named NFL Coach of the Year three times. In 16 years as head coach of the Redskins, covering two stints from 1981-1992 and 2004-2007, Gibbs had a 154-94 record and posted a .500 record (16-16) against Dallas.

I caught up with Gibbs at FedExField about 80 minutes before kickoff against the Cowboys.  Read more »

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