John Riggins deserved a beer.
The “Diesel” toted the rock 36 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns and even completed a 36-yard pass against San Francisco in a 1984 NFC Championship game. Afterward, he enjoyed a cold can in the locker room.
To see more shots of Riggins, a classic portrait of the second generation Hogs and a look at a preseason game in Osaka, Japan, check out the historic gallery below. Read more »
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November is Native American Heritage month. Throughout the month, we’ll look back at stories of interest.
Long before John Riggins became the “Diesel,” another legendary athlete from Kansas made his mark on Redskins history.
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A swarm of Redskins fans young and old flooded Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Bethesda, Md., Monday night to enjoy drinks, hors d’oevres and gourmet burgers with four players at the second Monday Night Football Redskins Meet and Greet of the 2013 season.
The crowd was filled with Robert Griffin III jerseys and throwbacks representing former players such as John Riggins. Fans had the opportunity to chat, take pictures and get their Washington gear signed with Aldrick Robinson, Doug Worthington, Adam Gettis and Chris Neild.
To get your photo taken with your favorite players and get a chance to win prizes like a signed Pierre Garcon jersey and more, attend the next meet and greet for just $35.
- November 4 at Ruth’s Chris in Washington, D.C., Connecticut Ave.: Call (202) 797-0033 for reservations or email email@example.com for reservations
- November 18 at Ruth’s Chris in Arlington, Va.: Call (703) 979-7275 or email Arlington@ruthschris.com for reservations
See the full photo gallery from Monday night below. Read more »
Tags: Adam Gettis, aldrick robinson, Bethesda, chris neild, doug worthington, John Riggins, monday night football, Pierre Garcon, redskins, Robert Griffin III, ruth's chris, Washington, washington redskins
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Check NFL rushing stats over the last two seasons and there is one very obvious trend—running backs over the age of 30 almost never cross the century mark anymore.
No running back age 30 or older ran for 1,000 yards last season. The last to do so was former Denver Bronco Willis McGahee in 2011.
As production withers as backs get closer to 30, they often opt for either retirement or a lessened role to limit the already immense amount of pounding their bodies have taken.
35-year-old running back rushing for 1,000 yards? That’s just crazy—unless you’re the great John Riggins.
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Redskins fans unite to form the best fanbase not only the NFL but across the entire sports spectrum. That’s obvious.
No matter if it is a Robert Griffin III dazzling 76-yard touchdown, a Darrell Green punt return, or John Riggins barreling over the Miami Dolphins determined to bring our Nation’s Capital its first Lombardi Trophy, Redskins Nation basks in the glory of the franchise’s success together.
What isn’t so clear, though, is every fan’s thoughts on the four greatest Redskins. Whether it is at the water cooler at work or at your local bar, debates rage over who are the best in Redskins history.
Put all the banter aside and let your voice be heard as to who deserves the prestigious honor of being on the Redskins’ Mt. Rushmore.
Tags: art monk, bobby mitchell, darrell green, Doug Williams, george allen, Jack Kent Cooke, Joe Gibbs, joe theismann, John Riggins, Robert Griffin III, Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen, The Hogs
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The Redskins have three Super Bowl-winning campaigns, two additional NFL championships and plenty of other great playoff runs in their illustrious history, so it comes as no surprise that the team dominates a recently-released list of the NFL’s top playoff performances of all time.
Washington players find themselves in three of the top-10 spots of the Top-25 list, which was generated by ESPN.com and released Wednesday.
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The Redskins have unveiled two wall murals dedicated to the rich history of the football team, entitled the “Hail to the Redskins Walk.”
One mural is adjacent to the locker room on the first floor of the facilities at Redskins Park. Players cannot enter or exit the locker room without seeing life-sized pictures of Slingin’ Sammy Baugh or “The Diesel,” John Riggins, immortalized on the wall.
“It displays the storied history of this proud franchise,” said Redskins Senior Vice President, Tony Wyllie. ”Anyone that walks downstairs and takes a look at it will instantly understand what this organization is all about.”
The mural magically appeared on Monday morning, and curious players have been seen pausing on their way to and from meetings, taking a closer look. Wyllie said, “Everyone from veterans to rookies have read it and studied it, and walked away proud to be a Redskin.”
An identical wall has been constructed at FedExField, and will have television screens embedded in the wall for a delightfully multimedia experience. It’s located on the club level of the stadium.
This is Part One of an eight-part series, looking at each decade of the Redskins history, as depicted on the walls.
The Redskins were born in the 1930′s, in Boston, Mass. Originally known as the Braves, the team moved to greener pastures in Washington, D.C., and became the Redskins that we all know and love.
Here are shots of the 1930′s panel on the Hail to the Redskins Walk:
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So ESPN’s NFL blogs all appear to be doing something called “Flash Points”, where they look at the crucial, formative moments in a franchise’s history. Each team gets a few possible Flash Points offered up for a vote, and the results will be revealed on May 27. For the Redskins, ESPN’s choices are:
- Trading for Sonny Jurgensen in 1964
- Hiring George Allen in 1971
- Hiring Joe Gibbs in 1981
- Daniel Snyder purchasing the team in 1999
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That’s possibly the most iconic play in Redskins history right there: John Riggins, 70 Chip, poor Don McNeal being thrown down like salt on a driveway. And that’s a number 3 next to it.
This was a pretty important play in Redskins history. It turned the tide of the Super Bowl — was the go-ahead score, in fact — and probably set the tone for Joe Gibbs’ entire coaching tenure in Washington. Here, for example, is the Washington Post’s Ken Denlinger writing about the play after the game:
The play that will linger a lifetime for Washingtonians was fourth down on the Dolphins’ 43, with about 10 minutes left and slightly less than the length of the football from a first down. Time for “70 Chip.”
Time also for the whiff of luck that has helped them so much of the season. A defensive back following man-in-motion Clint Didier, Don McNeal, slipped to the ground. Came the snap; came McNeal to grab Riggins; came Riggins wiggling out of his hands and then thundering down the left sideline and into the end zone.
Had McNeal kept his feet, he might have gotten his entire body in front. Arm tackles don’t stop this Rig.
So a town that thought its last magical moment might have been Wes Unseld making two free throws June 7, 1978, now has Riggins outlegging Glenn Blackwood for the go ahead touchdown in a game that ended a four-decade dry spell.
(You really should go read the whole column — it’s terrific, especially if you want to hear Riggins compare playoff football to advice an “old gentleman in Kansas” gave him about coyotes in the night,)
So, yeah, a fairly important play. So important, in fact, that I have difficulty thnking of many lists in which this play should rank at number 3. “Things I Remember,” maybe — I don’t have a whole lot of pre-1983 memories, but I remember this. But certainly not an NFL Network list of Top 10 Playoff Runs.
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These photos all come from a disc labeled “Riggins Slides” that turned up while sorting through a stack of CDs without cases today. At least one of the images is iconic — the pointed mustache headshot below — but most of the rest were unfamiliar to me and worth sharing.
(As usual, click on the images to enlarge.)
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