Hail to the Redskins: Gibbs, the Diesel, the Hogs, and the Glory Days of D.C.'s Football Dynasty

Hail to the Redskins: Gibbs, the Diesel, the Hogs, and the Glory Days of D.C.'s Football Dynasty

Adam Lazarus


At final, the definitive account of the Redskins’ championship decade

Based on greater than 90 unique interviews, this is the rollicking chronicle of the famed Washington Redskins groups of the Joe Gibbs years—one of the main outstanding and specific runs in NFL historical past. From 1981 to 1992, Gibbs coached the franchise to 3 large Bowl victories, making the crew the toast of the nation’s capital, from the political elite to the interior urban, and aiding to outline one of many sport’s mythical eras.

Veteran sportswriter Adam Lazarus masterfully charts the Redskins’ upward push from mediocrity (the franchise had by no means gained a brilliant Bowl and Gibbs’s first yr as head trainer begun with a five-game wasting streak that just about rate him his activity) to its stretch of 4 championship video games in ten years. What makes their sustained good fortune all of the extra striking, on reflection, is that in contrast to the storied championship wins of Joe Montana’s 49ers and Tom Brady’s Patriots, the Redskins’ large Bowl victories every one featured a special beginning quarterback: Joe Theismann in 1983, the franchise’s miraculous first championship run; Doug Williams in 1988, a win packed with which means for a majority African American urban in the course of a tumultuous period; and Mark Rypien in 1992, capping one of many maximum seasons of all time, person who stands as Gibbs’s masterpiece.

Hail to the Redskins features an epic roster of saints and sinners: hard-drinking fullback John Riggins; the dominant, blue-collar offensive linemen referred to as “the Hogs,” who turned a cultural phenomenon; quarterbacks Williams, the 1st African American QB to win a brilliant Bowl, and Theisman, a model-handsome pitchman whose leg used to be brutally damaged by means of Lawrence Taylor on Monday evening Football; gregarious shielding finish Dexter Manley, who will be banned from the league for cocaine abuse; and others together with the mythical speedster Darrell eco-friendly, record-breaking receiver artwork Monk, rags-to-riches QB Rypien, specialist common managers and skill evaluators Bobby Beathard and Charley Casserly, aristocratic proprietor Jack Kent Cooke, and, after all, Gibbs himself, a religious Christian who used to be additionally a ruthless competitor and one of many sport’s such a lot adaptable and inventive training minds.

A must-read for any fan, Hail to the Redskins builds on Lazarus’s interviews with key inside of resources to vividly re-create the performs, the avid gamers, the enthusiasts, and the rivals that formed this unforgettable soccer dynasty.

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