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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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Vote Joe Jacoby A Modern-Era Finalist

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 8, 2014 – 12:42 pm


On the night before Super Bowl XLVIII, 46 journalists will debate the inclusion of 13-year Redskins tackle Joe Jacoby into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

NFL.com is giving you a chance to sway their vote.

I can’t promise the Selection Committee will consider  how the fans vote, but every little bit helps. You have to pick out 15 finalists for your vote to count.


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Q&A With Pro Football HOF Semifinalist Joe Jacoby

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 25, 2013 – 7:00 am



When the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 25 semifinalists for induction into the class of 2014 last week, three-time Super Bowl champion Joe Jacoby saw his name on the list for the fourth time since 2004. Jacoby was a four-time Pro Bowler, a two-time AP All-Pro and a member of the 1980s all-decade team. He lived a colorful life off the field as well.

Last week, I caught up with the Hog over the phone to get his thoughts on his chances, ask what it was like to line up next to and across from Hall-of-Famers and grab his thoughts on how to block San Francisco’s All-Pro defensive lineman. The following interview has been edited and condensed.

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Jacoby Still Awaiting His Enshrinement

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 17, 2013 – 3:53 pm

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With the recent announcement of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists, Redskins fans could only shake their heads at the obvious omission of former “Hog,” left tackle Joe Jacoby.

Despite leading his offensive line to four Super Bowls (winning three), with four Pro Bowl nods and two All-Pro selections, Jacoby has been snubbed since his retirement in 1993. He was one-of-27 semifinalists announce in November, but must now wait until next year for this just deserts.

According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Jacoby’s career performance is comparable to the likes of Willie Anderson, Jeff Saturday, Flozell Adams and Stan Jones; several of which have been or are expected to be inducted into Canton.

The only difference between these players and Jacoby, are his three Super Bowl rings with three different starting quarterbacks.

Redskins Historian Mike Richman helps put his career in perspective, as the man on the outside looking in at his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Read more »

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Annual Mickey Steele Outing A Success

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 18, 2012 – 1:30 pm

Redskins’ alumni, current players and executive vice president/general manager Bruce Allen were present Friday for the eighth annual Mickey Steele Celebrity Golf Tournament.

The tournament is named in honor of Mickey Steele, a Maryland native, sports enthusiast and business owner, who in 2004 lost his battle to Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

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Stanford Prospect Is Redskins’ Namesake

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 28, 2012 – 4:25 pm

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At the time of birth, parents have the obligation to name their child.  With that naming, they hold the power to set their kid up for life with either a great name, or a very difficult standard.

One unfortunate example comes to mind.

In high school, I had the opportunity to work with a kid from Arizona named Michael Irvin.  By the time I met him, he had already heard all of the jokes.  No, nobody had ever called him “The Playmaker.”  No, he wasn’t a triplet.  And no, he really wasn’t any good at football.

But his parents were such big Cowboys fans at the time of his birth, that they elected to name him after they’re favorite player.  Seriously.

At around the same time, somewhere near Lemont, Ill., Michelle and Bill Fleener were watching a Redskins game, when famed Redskins Hog Joe Jacoby was pictured on the screen.  Family legend says that Michelle, quite pregnant at the time, turned to her husband and asked him what he thought of the name “Jacoby Fleener.” Read more »

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Jacoby: Team Needs ‘We-Over-Me’ Players

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 30, 2012 – 4:48 pm

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Today marks the 29th anniversary of the Redskins victory over the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII, a rematch of Super Bowl VII a decade before.

This was the first of three Super Bowl titles for the franchise, and the start of a magical ride with head coach Joe Gibbs at the helm.  It was also the rise of ‘Riggo’ and ‘The Hogs’ in the D.C. vernacular, making champions of three teams and legends of men.

A key contributor to this dynasty was left tackle Joe Jacoby, who stuck the block that sprung John Riggins for the long touchdown run that sealed Super Bowl XVII.  In each of his first two Super Bowls, Jacoby’s Hogs led the way for record breaking rushing performances, with team totals of 276 and 280 yards on the ground.

Earlier today, Jacoby reflected on his memories of Super Bowl XVII, where the franchise is, and what they need to return to glory (via ABC3 Winchester): Read more »

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Joe Jacoby Graduates College Today

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 16, 2011 – 11:09 am

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Former Redskins Hog Joe Jacoby has dozens of accolades from his playing days, including:

  • 4× Pro Bowl selection (1983-86)
  • 2× Associated Press first-team All-Proselection (1983, 1984)
  • 2× Newspaper Enterprise Association first-team All-Pro selection (1983, 1987)
  • 1× Newspaper Enterprise Association second-team All-Pro selection (1984)
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • 3*x Super Bowl champion (XV,XXII,XXVI)
  • 70 Greatest Redskins

He has been a car dealer, a radio show host, and now is a football coach at Shenandoah University and the proud father of two daughters.  As of today, he finally add “college graduate” to that list of accomplishments, nearly 35 years after he started.  This evening, Jacoby will walk across the stage at the University of Louisville, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Rick Bozich of the Courier-Journal has the story:

Jacoby departed U of L after the 1980 season, skipped the spring semester and failed to finish the final 30 hours toward his degree.

“That bothered me because my wife (Irene) and I had always talked about the importance of education to our two daughters,” Jacoby said.

“How could I keep saying that when I didn’t have my degree?” Jacoby asked. Read more »

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Washington Redskins Courage House At Youth For Tomorrow

Posted by Matt Terl on December 10, 2010 – 11:46 am

Yesterday marked the dedication of the Washington Redskins Courage House at the Bristow, Virginia, campus of Joe Gibbs’ Youth For Tomorrow.

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation has expanded its mission; they’ve always been dedicated to helping kids who were victims of neglect and abuse, but they now hope to have a dedicated facility in every NFL market. They’re calling these spots Courage Houses, and according to past foundation president John Lopez, “Today the foundation’s goal is to establish a house in every NFL city. We’re at 20 right now.”

The 21st is the Redskins house. Like many others in the network, it’s part of an existing facility, in this case Joe Gibbs’ Youth For Tomorrow, another organization that helps homeless and at-risk kids. The speakers at yesterday’s dedication included a former YFT resident named Michael, who gave a truly harrowing account of his past; former Ed Block Courage Award winner Joe Jacoby; and Snyder and Gibbs themselves.

Michael’s speech was without question the most affecting, but Gibbs did offer (among many other things) at least one entertaining anecdote about Snyder, and he also offered — as everyone eventually must — his thoughts on the Albert Haynesworth drama. Those are both after the jump. Read more »

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Happy Halloween From 1993 And Joe "Frankenstein" Jacoby

Posted by Matt Terl on October 30, 2009 – 2:35 pm

This was just a bit of serendipitous timing.

Yesterday, with Halloween coming up, I was going through a drawer here in Redskins Park on a completely unrelated — and, frankly, boring — errand when I came across a press packet for something called Coca-Cola Monsters of the Gridiron.

Monsters of the Gridiron was an ad campaign from 1993 that involved 29 players being elaborately made over into mildly entertaining pseudo-horror characters. There were prizes, TV ads and radio spots, giant cardboard displays (like the one pictured to the right), and a call-in game.

I remember none of it.

(There’s a reason for the odd number of players: it’s one from each of the 28 teams at the time, plus then-Cowboys defensive lineman Tony Casillas — as “Conde [Count] Casillas” — doing the Spanish-language version of the ad; he’s listed on the Coca-Cola News Release Fact Sheet as “Hispanic player/monster,” as compared to “National player/monster” Randall “Rocket Man” Cunningham. 1993 suddenly seems like a VERY long time ago.)

The Redskins representative for this promotion — which, according to the press release, “combines America’s number one sport with the country’s most popular soft drink in an effort that is sure leave football fans ‘trance-fixed’ to their favorite games,” a phrase that is almost completely meaningless — was none other than offensive tackle and original Hog Joe Jacoby.

Jacoby was in his last year in the league at the time, the final act to what would in any just world have been a Hall of Fame career, so “undergoing several hours of extensive make-up and costuming” — again, per the press release — to look like a football-playing Frankenstein, complete with enormous square football helmet, probably seemed like a perfectly reasonable idea.

The press release breathlessly assures us that the monstrous alter-ego “accentuates each player’s most notorious personality traits.”

For example, Cunningham was “Rocket Man” because was an incredibly gifted scrambler. Ronnie Lott was “Rattler,” presumably because his legendary hits left opponents “rattled”. I guess Tom Rathman’s dominant personality trait was sheer lunacy, because his alter-ego was “Psycho”. Craig “Iron Head” Heyward was “Iron Head” because his nickname was “Iron Head”. And so on.

So I guess Jacoby was notorious for being a stiff, shambling monster of a man with an outsized square head. Nice.

Somehow, that’s not quite as awesome as “Rocket Man,” but it’s still vastly better than Steelers QB Neil O’Donnell, whose “Night Raider” moniker sounds just a little questionable in hindsight.

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