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Fun Facts

  • Washington Redskins helmet

  • Head Coach Joe Gibbs has had two separate stints as the man in charge of the Washington Redskins.
  • Former Redskins great Defensive Lineman Dave Butz’s Uncle Earl was the United States Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents Nixon and Ford.
  • The franchise started as the Boston Braves for the 1932 season, they then played as the Boston Redskins from 1932-1936 before moving to Washington D.C. and becoming the Washington Redskins in 1937.
  • From 1933-1936 as the Boston Redskins, the team played their home games at Fenway Park where the Boston Red Sox still play baseball games.
  • The team is named after the city Washington which is within the borders of the District of Columbia, it plays its games in Landover, Maryland, and the team headquarters are in Ashburn, Virginia.
  • Head Coach Joe Gibbs has taken the Redskins to four Super Bowls, winning three of them.
  • Head Coach Joe Gibbs has won three Super Bowls for the Redskins, each time with a different starting Quarterback; Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien.
  • The Redskins won their first NFL Championship in 1937, their first year in Washington D.C.
  • Former Redskins Running Back John Riggins went to college at Kansas University where he broke the rushing record of another great Running Back, Gale Sayers.
  • Former Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke at one time also owned the Toronto Maple Leafs minor league baseball team, the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, and the Los Angeles Wolves pro soccer team.
  • Hall-of-Fame Defensive Lineman Deacon Jones, who made a name for himself playing for the Los Angeles Rams, spent his last year in the league with the Redskins in 1974.
  • In 1962, after refusing to integrate the team for a number of years, the Redskins acquired their first African-American players after being threatened with eviction from their Washington D.C. stadium by Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall.
  • During the 1960s Running Back Larry Brown, who was almost completely deaf, had a hearing aid device installed inside his helmet.
  • In 1969, the Redskins hired future Hall-of-Famer and legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers Vince Lombardi as Head Coach. He led the team to a 7-5-1 record, their best record since 1955, but died from cancer before the 1970 season started.
  • Former Redskins Running Back, and member of their Super Bowl XXII winning team, Kelvin Bryant has the second highest all-time rushing yards in the USFL (behind Herschel Walker).
  • In Super Bowl XVII against the Miami Dolphins, the Redskins were down 17-13 and it was 4th down with 15 yards to go. The Washington coaches called “70 Chip”, a short yardage play for John Riggins.Riggins took the handoff and went 43 yards for the touchdown on the way to the Redskins first Super Bowl win.
  • In 1983 the Redskins lost only two regular season games, both happened to be Monday Night Football games.
  • During the 1987 football season there was a strike by the players and replacement players played the week 4, 5, and 6 games. The Redskins team was the only team that did not have players cross the picket line to play.
  • Future Hall-of-Famer John Riggins played for the Redskins from 1976-1980 and then was forced to sit out an entire season in a contract dispute. In 1981 he came back and continued playing until he retired in 1985.
  • At the time of former owner Jack Kent Cooke’s 1979 divorce, the settlement paid to his wife ($42 million dollars) was the largest divorce settlement ever. The presiding judge in the divorce was Joseph Wapner who would go on to fame running The People’s Court.
  • In the Super Bowl victory following the 1987 season, rookie Running Back Timmy Smith ran for 203 yards.
  • In March of 1993 Head Coach Joe Gibbs retired from the NFL. After over ten years involved with NASCAR racing, the Redskins lured Gibbs out of retirement to coach again in 2004.
  • 2005 was the first year a Joe Gibbs coached team used the shotgun formation.
  • Hall-of-Fame Running Back John Riggins was the second player ever in the NFL to rush for over 100 touchdowns; the first was the great Jim Brown of Cleveland.
  • In the ten years from 1936 to 1945, the Redskins finished in first place in their division six times.
  • The Washington Redskins have four Head Coaches in the Hall-of-Fame; Joe Gibbs, George Allen, Ray Flaherty, and Wayne Millner (Millner was player-coach in 1945).
  • Head Coach Joe Gibbs was elected to the Hall-of-Fame after his first stint as coach of the Redskins, making now one of the few times an active coach is also already in the Hall-of-Fame.
  • The Redskins officially retired jersey number 33 for Sammy Baugh, since that time the policy has changed to the Redskins not retiring any numbers.
  • Though not officially retired, the numbers of several all-time great Redskins have not been re-used, among them are the jersey numbers for: Joe Theismann, John Riggins, Sonny Jurgensen, Art Monk, and more.
  • In 1940 Quarterback Sammy Baugh set the Redskins single-season mark for punting with a 51.4 yard average.
  • Star Wide Receivers Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders got their start in pro football in the USFL with the Jacksonville Bulls and Houston Gamblers, respectively.
  • Star Defensive Back and fan favorite Darrell Green was also drafted by the Denver Gold of the USFL in 1983, electing to play for the Redskins in the NFL instead.
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