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Famous Faces In The 1991 Press Guide

Posted by Matt Terl on February 3, 2010 – 1:44 pm

As I mentioned yesterday, new Redskins wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell both started AND finished his playing career with Washington.

The wide receiver came on board as a twelfth-round pick of the Redskins in what turned out to be the Super Bowl season of 1991. He spent that entire season on injured reserve but was given a Super Bowl ring when the team won, and has his name on the Lombardi Trophy.

He signed with Cleveland in ’92 and began a productive-if-nomadic NFL career that included another Super Bowl win in Tampa Bay and a cup of coffee with the Houston Texans in Summer 2007 where he would’ve briefly worked with then-Texans-QB-coach Kyle Shanahan. He finished his career where he started it, finally donning a Redskins jersey in regular season games during the 2007 season.

With all that in mind, I checked the team’s 1991 press guide to see if there was any other interesting information on McCardell. I didn’t find much, but was able to get a look at his terrific early-90’s hairstyle.

He wasn’t the only one sporting the Kid ‘n Play-influenced look, though, nor was his the highest of the hi-top fades that year. No, that honor belonged to cornerback Sidney Johnson.
Ah, 1991. Here’s a contemporaneous profile of Kid ‘N Play in the then-one-year old Entertainment Weekly magazine, just to provide context for those of you who aren’t geriatric like me.

Anyhow, it wasn’t all tonsorial flashbacks in the media guide; there were a startling number of people on that roster who still have an influence on today’s NFL. For example:

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Wednesday, November 18: A Dallas Week Flashback

Posted by Matt Terl on November 18, 2009 – 10:00 am

It’s Dallas week, and thanks to the win at home on Sunday, it actually feels like it matters. Over at the Redskins.com mothership, the estimable Larry Weisman has composed a nice retrospective of the Redskins/Cowboys feud; it’s worth reading as a whole, but here’s the section that stuck out for me:

Back in the early 1980s, before the Cowboys began their slide into mediocrity, Dallas Week roused the D.C. area. A radio station went so far as to print dart boards with a picture of [then-Dallas head coach Tom] Landry covered by concentric target circles – don’t doubt me, I still have one on my desk.

And it was. I borrowed it and scanned it to share with all of you. Weisman tells me it was distributed with a dart, and if you click the picture for a larger image, you can see the holes where the dartboard was actually used.

Weisman can’t be sure, but told me he thinks the radio station doing the handouts was 107. Given the timeline and the number, it had to be Q107, one of the great pop music stations of my childhood. Which is really only relevant for two reasons: Read more »

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Tuesday, November 10: Talking About Champ Bailey Makes Fred Smoot Nostalgic

Posted by Matt Terl on November 10, 2009 – 7:25 am

This 2003 picture was the only one I could find of Fred Smoot and Champ Bailey. Standing between them is Matt Bowen, who does not get mentioned again in this post; he’s doing great work over at National Football Post, though, and you should go check it out.

Anyhow, the reason for digging up a picture of Smoot and Bailey should be pretty obvious: Bailey now plays for the Denver Broncos, who come to town Sunday. But he and Smoot were young cornerbacks together on the Redskins, and they became good enough friends that Smoot agreed to break his recent media boycott just to talk about his relationship with Bailey. Read more »

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