Washington Redskins Tickets
The Washington Redskins are a professional football team who play in the National Football League (NFL). The team is based in Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area and plays in the National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The Redskins play their home games at the FedExField in Landover, Maryland and as of 2017, the team’s management includes owner Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen (son of Redskins Hall of Fame, George Allen) the franchise’s president and Jay Gruden the team’s head coach since 2014.
The team made the playoffs in 2015 and won their division title. However in 2016 they failed to make it to the playoffs. The team was established in 1932 and has won 3 Super Bowl championships. If you’re a fan interested in Washington Redskins tickets and history, then read on.
The Redskins may be based in DC but the team has Bostonian roots. The team was founded in 1932 in Boston as the Boston Braves. In 1933, the team’s name was changed to the Boston Redskins. The Redskins stayed in Boston till 1936, however due to the lack of interest shown by Bostonians, the team relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1937.
The Redskins played their first game against the Giants on September 16, 1937 winning 13-3. In the same year, the team also won its first division title by defeating the Giants. They also defeated the Chicago Bears to win their first league title. Even though these early successes won the Redskins many fans, the team was unable to continue their winning streak. This downward trend lasted for more than three decades.
George Allen’s Redskins
In 1971 George Allen, a former Los Angeles Rams coach, was brought in as head coach. This move by the owners turned out to be a watershed moment for the Redskins. For starters, they made the playoffs for the first time after 1945. Even though the Redskins lost in the divisional playoffs, this appearance gave both the team and her fans a much needed boost. Allen, for his efforts, was presented the 1971 NFL Coach of the Year Award.
In 1972, the team improved on its previous year’s record and won the divisional playoffs. The Redskins met their archrivals, the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship game. The Redskins won this game 26-3, only to lose to the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII.
Under Allen’s guidance, the Redskins made the playoffs in 1973, 1974 and 1976, but lost in the first round. In 1977, Allen was replaced by Jack Pardee who had previously played for the Redskins as a linebacker.
The Washington Redskins: 1977-1980
Jack Pardee’s tenure as coach lasted 3 years and was remembered more for picking the right players during the NFL draft, rather than winning games. Art Monk, Monte Coleman and Don Warren were all drafted during Pardee’s tenure. He was replaced as coach in 1980.
Joe Gibbs’ Washington Redskins
Joe Gibbs was appointed as the Redskins head coach from 1981 to 1992. This period is considered to be the most successful for the franchise. Under Gibbs the Redskins won all three of their Super Bowls.
Gibbs was previously with the San Diego Chargers where he worked as their offensive coordinator. In addition, future all-star players, Dexter Manley, Russ Grimm and Mark May were also drafted during his tenure.
The Redskins first season under the new head coach was rather forgetful; they completed their regular season at 8-8. As the 1982 season rolled in, the Redskins were a completely different team. They made the playoffs for the first time in six years.
The Day When the RFK Stadium Shook
The 1983 football season will be known for the Redskins winning their first Super Bowl. It will also be known for when the Redskins fans shook the RFK stadium with their passion.
During the playoffs, in the second round game against the Minnesota Vikings, Riggins rushed 185 yards setting a franchise playoff record. This helped the Redskins advance to the NFC Championship game where they were to face their old rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. The game was played at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, which was packed with Redskins fans.
On 22 January, 1983, 54,000 fans chanted “We Want Dallas!” at the RFK Stadium – The stadium physically shook with the chant. Although no evidence of seismic activity was reported, many spectators felt the stadium move. Another highlight of that game was Dexter Manley knocking Dallas’ quarterback Danny White out of the game. Riggins rushed for 140 yards and scored two touchdowns. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys 31-17 and advanced to Super Bowl XVII.
Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI
Super Bowl XVII was played on 30 January, 1983, in which the Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-17, giving them their first Super Bowl title. John Riggins was the star of the game who also won the Super Bowl MVP. That day he set two records. The first one was for the most rushing yards (166) and second one was for the most rushing attempts (38).
Super Bowl XXII between the Washington Redskins and the Denver Broncos was a one sided affair. The Redskins trounced the Broncos and won the NFL Championship for the second time in 1988 with a score 42-10. The Redskins bounced back from a 10-0 deficit and managed to put 42 points on the board. This became the biggest come back in Super Bowl history. Doug Williams was the star of the game with four touchdowns passes in the second quarter. He also became the first African American quarterback to lead a professional football team to victory and win the Super Bowl MVP award.
The Washington Redskins started the 1991 season on a high note. The team won all of its 11 games in a row. The Redskins made the playoffs with 14-2 season record and dominated the playoffs. After defeating the Lions and Falcons, they entered Super Bowl XXVI where they faced Buffalo Bills. The Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24. Mark Rypien, the quarterback for Redskins, won the Super Bowl MVP award. Many historians consider the 1991 Redskins team as the best NFL team ever assembled.
The Washington Redskins have a rich history. With passionate fans and a roster full of talented players, the Redskins are considered to be one of the finest football teams in the NFL. If you’re a fan of football and looking to experience athleticism, power and precision, then get some Washington Redskins tickets.