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Two-time All-American at Notre Dame… Drafted in the eighth round (65th overall) by the Boston Redskins in 1936… Led team to its first NFL Championship in 1937… Holds distinction of being first Redskin to have a 100-yard receiving game… Two-way player at tight end and defensive end… Starred on four Redskins divisional title teams… Top Redskins’ receiver at retirement with 124 catches… Served as a player-coach in 1945 during his final season.
Grew up in Massachusetts… Career interrupted by Navy service… Passed away in 1976 at the age of 63.
Drafted in the fourth round of the 1957 Draft by Philadelphia, out of Duke University… Acquired in 1964 in a trade that sent QB Norm Snead to the Eagles… While with the team, was nicknamed “Red Roach”… Won three NFL passing titles and helped lead the Skins to the 1972 Championship game… Elected to the Pro Bowl four times.
Considers playing the 1969 season for head coach Vince Lombardi to be his most memorable football experience… He calls his biggest accomplishment being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983… Pre-game ritual involved sharing every pre-game meal (usually a bologna sandwich) with trainer Tommy McVean.
Most inspired by his mother: “When I was starting out, I used to play catch with her”… Teammates he most admired were “the ones that protected me.”
Redskins played a very important part in his life, even after his playing career as the long-time color commentator for all Redskins games on WJFK Redskins Radio during the regular season. He has also shared his insights as an analyst with George Michael on WRC-TV during the preseason… Worked with WRC-TV doing on-air sports commentatary throughout the year.
Had a 14-year NFL career… Named to 12 straight Pro Bowls from 1968-79… Was either All-Pro or All-NFC with the Redskins each year from 1973-79.
Most memorable moments include a game-winning tackle against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football in 1973 and collecting interceptions on back to back offensive snaps during a game in 1971… Lists induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first ballot selection as greatest accomplishment… Pre-game ritual while with the Redskins was taking a power nap in the locker room prior to kickoff.
The Redskins mean to him the “George Allen and Over the Hill Gang—there was a mystique about that era”… Greatest inspiration was Redskins’ chaplain Tom Skinner… Most admired teammates were Charley Taylor, Bobby Mitchell, Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer and Brig Owens.
After retiring from the Redskins, coached defensive backs with the Houston Oilers and University of Houston… Also was a head football coach for Houston area high schools.
Drafted by the Redskins in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft, out of Syracuse… Played a major role in taking the Redskins to the Super Bowl four times during his tenure, winning three championships… Holds numerous team records including most career receptions (888), most career receiving yards (12,026), most receptions in a single game (13 against Detroit in 1990), and most receptions in a season (106, 1984).
Retired as the NFL's All-Time receptions leader with 940… Had nine 50-reception seasons… Three-time Pro Bowler.
Upon retiring from football, he became extremely active in the Washington, DC community, working with numerous organizations that reach out to children.
Known as one of the fastest players in NFL history… Redskins' career interception leader with 54… Longest current tenure with one team in all of pro sports… Longest career in franchise history… Recorded six career interceptions for touchdowns… Most memorable moments with the Redskins were being drafted and playing in three Super Bowls… Proudest accomplishment is playing 20 years with the same team and "living with integrity"… Says greatest inspiration comes from "being mindful of the fact that playing in the NFL is a privilege and not a right"… The Redskins "brought me to D.C., where I found my wife, friends, church and a community to serve"… Lists Tim Johnson as most admired teammate…
After retiring from football, devoted time to developing the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation learning centers in the Washington, D.C. area and on a national basis.
Attended the University of Pittsburgh… Drafted by the Redskins in the 3rd round of the 1981 NFL draft… Was an original member of the "Hogs"… Played his whole career (140 games) for the Redskins… Played on Super Bowl Championship teams in 1982, 1987 and 1991.
Named to NFL's "All Decade Team" for the 1980's - a first team choice at guard… Was named to four consecutive Pro Bowls, 1983-1986… Was named to the All-NFL Second Team by UPI in 1982… A member of the Washington Redskins' Ring of Fame… Was the Washington Redskins offensive line coach from 1992-2000…. Later became an offensive line coach and offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.