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Riggo Ponders The Nature Of Friendship

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on March 24, 2014 – 11:49 am

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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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Gallery: Redskins Giants History

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 30, 2013 – 2:31 pm

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We’ve got 83 years worth of images from this rivalry. Have a look at five of my favorites before diving into the entire gallery below.

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Q&A With Pro Football HOF Semifinalist Joe Jacoby

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

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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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10 For 80: Bobby Beathard

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 23, 2012 – 4:36 pm

Note: The Redskins Blog will be profiling several former players, coaches and team officials eligible to be voted by you, the fans, in this year’s Redskins 80th Anniversary celebration. To vote for Bobby Beathard or your 10 other all-timers to join the already-chosen list of the 70 Greatest Redskins, go to http://www.redskins80th.com/

Who could’ve guessed a man with a surfer-boy image would help lead the Redskins to their most successful period in franchise history?

Former Redskins’ general manager Bobby Beathard was one of the chief architects of the Redskins’ three Super Bowl-winning teams of the 1980s and early 1990s.

His drafting prowess — which included the likes of Art Monk, Russ Grimm and Darrell Green — was second to none, including the Redskins’ 1981 draft class that is regarded as one of the greatest ever.

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With The 69th Selection, Redskins Pick…

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 28, 2012 – 12:01 pm

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[Editor’s Disclaimer: This is a story based on a fun fact, and contains speculation that is not meant to reflect that actual thoughts of Redskins’ executives.  Any words from Redskins’ executives are clearly defined and attributed.]

Let’s set the scene: The Redskins brass are huddled around one of 32 tables at the NFL Draft.  Last season didn’t go as expected, and the team needs to beef up an offense that ranked in the bottom of the league.  It’s time for a new look and a new face, as the team aggressively tries to dig out of the bottom of the NFC East.

In the first round, the team bolstered the offense with what they hope to be a franchise player and leader in the locker room.  The Redskins traded away their second round pick, and wait around until No. 69 overall in the third round.

With that pick, the Redskins select a future Hall Of Fame offensive lineman in Russ Grimm.

The year is 1981, and the table is located in the conference room of a New York hotel.  The team had finished 6-10 in 1980, causing owner Jack Kent Cooke to find a new franchise leader in Joe Gibbs.  The first overall selection was future Pro Bowl offensive tackle Mark May, who played nine strong seasons in Washington.

But the Redskins arguably found their best overall value with their second pick at No. 69–the same selection they will have in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.  With 30 days to go before the third round of the NFL Draft, the Redskins find themselves in an eerily similar situation as they were in the spring of ’81. Read more »


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Hightower: Facial Hair Equals Hard Work

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 19, 2011 – 10:12 am

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Via an interview on BroBible.com [Editor’s Note: potentially NSFW], Redskins running back Tim Hightower discusses his secret weapon to getting back out on the field.

Hightower typically sports a clean-shaven look, plus a triumphant mustache on gamedays.  But catch him in the middle of the week when he’s working to improve, and it’s a different story:

We’re curious about your facial hair. Do you think it gives you power that some of these bare-faced mortals might now have — especially the ones trying to tackle you?

I’m in my grind right now. It’s rough, hard working, get back to work phase. I don’t need my grandmother to be on me right now. I just need to shave.

Having come over from the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason, where he worked with former Redskins Hog Russ Grimm, Hightower was also asked about his memories of the Grimm mustache: Read more »


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A Tribute To Russ Grimm

Posted by Matt Terl on October 15, 2010 – 12:28 pm

As I’ve mentioned before, this Sunday’s game is the first annual Redskins Homecoming game. Redskins alumni will be honored before the game, they’ll be participating in an alumni parade around the stadium at 5:00, and recent Canton enshrinee Russ Grimm will receive his Hall Of Fame ring at halftime.

The parking lots open at 2:00 — and, yes, the videoboards showing RedZone channel will be back — but here’s an excellent Redskins Broadcast Net tribute to Grimm to get you into the spirit of the weekend.

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Burgundy And Gold Steelers

Posted by Matt Terl on August 10, 2010 – 8:05 am

Up until Russ Grimm’s post-enshrinement party, this was my favorite moment from Hall of Fame weekend: four of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting offensive linemen wearing Grimm’s number 68 jersey in the stands to honor their former coach. It was an unnecessary, impressive tribute to a guy who hasn’t been part of their team for three full seasons.

“We had the jerseys made when he became a finalist for the first time,” Steelers guard Trai Essex told me, “and we brought them back out to show our support here.”
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The Russ Grimm Enshrinement Afterparty (And A Canton Wrap-Up)

Posted by Matt Terl on August 9, 2010 – 8:45 am

In a weekend full of memorable moments, this picture captures far and away the most memorable. At the post-enshrinement party for Russ Grimm — with a 5 O’Clock Club sign behind the bar and cans of beer readily available — the Hogs who were present gathered around their old coach and posed for a few pictures. From left to right, that’s Rick “Doc” Walker, Donnie Warren, George Starke, Joe Bugel brandishing his rings, Russ Grimm, and Joe Jacoby looming over Jeff Bostic.

There were a few other photo ops — more players plus Joe Gibbs, for example — but if you were a fan of the Redskins of the 1980s, this was probably the gold standard. It wasn’t quite like being in the legendary 5 O’Clock Club shed after practice, I’m sure, but you could look at these guys and see the same camaraderie that they built in those days.

“Everybody talks about the 5 O’Clock Club,” Jacoby told Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin on ESPN 980 a couple of months ago. “Yes, there were guys out there having their cold beer, but there were also guys out there just to be out there. A lot of guys came out there to get things off their chest, let things air out.”

And Bostic added, “The 5 O’Clock Club, trust me, that was as big a part of our success….”

So it was a fitting symbol to invoke as the first of the Hogs was enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

More pictures of the party after the jump.
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Joe Bugel Presents Russ Grimm For The Hall Of Fame

Posted by Matt Terl on August 9, 2010 – 8:18 am

I’ve gotten a few requests for this, so here it is: Joe Bugel’s enshrinement presentation of Russ Grimm. Video, and transcript (via the Hall of Fame’s website) after the jump.

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