Washington Redskins in History

Events in Sport

  • 1932-07-09 Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed
  • 1932-10-02 Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play franchise's debut NFL game; lose 14-0 to Brooklyn Dodgers at Braves Field
  • 1935-11-03 Philadelphia Eagles beat Boston Redskins, 7-6 at Fenway Park; respective quarterbacks combine to throw an NFL record 11 interceptions
  • 1936-12-13 Final Boston Redskin NFL game, lose to Packers 21-6, move to Washington, D.C.

Sport awardNFL Championship

1936-12-13 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat Boston Redskins, 21-6; Packers 4th title

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1937-02-13 Boston Redskins receive approval from NFL to move to Washington, D.C; to share baseball's Griffith Stadium with first Washington Senators of the American League

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1937-09-16 Redskins NFL franchise play first game in Washington at Griffith Stadium; defeat the New York Giants in season opener, 13–3

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1937-09-17 1st NFL game in Washington, D.C.; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3
  • 1937-12-12 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Washington Redskins beat Chicago Bears, 28-21
  • 1940-12-08 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0; most one-sided victory in NFL history; first NFL title game broadcast on national radio
  • 1942-09-27 NY Giants beat Wash Redskins 14-7 without making a 1st down
  • 1942-12-13 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins upset Chicago Bears, 14-6
  • 1942-12-27 5th NFL All Star Game, Shribe Park, Philadelphia: NFL All-Stars beat Washington Redskins, 17-14

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1943-10-31 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Bkln (48-10)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1943-12-26 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 41-21; Bears 6th title
  • 1945-12-16 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Rams beat Washington Redskins, 15-14; last game before Rams move west to Los Angeles

  • 1947-11-23 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chi Cards (45-21)
  • 1947-12-19 1948 NFL Draft: Harry Gilmer from University of Alabama first pick by Washington Redskins
  • 1951-12-02 Philadelphia Eagles set NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing in 35-21 win over Washington Redskins at Griffith Stadium
  • 1958-01-12 8th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 26-7; MVPs: Hugh McElhenny, SF 49ers, HB; Gene Brito, Washington Redskins, DE
  • 1961-12-04 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins
  • 1962-10-28 NY Giant Y. A. Tittle passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash Redskins (49-34)
  • 1966-11-27 In highest-scoring NFL game, Wash Redskins defeat NY Giants 72-41
  • 1969-02-05 Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, VP, GM and head coach of Redskins
  • 1969-11-16 US President Nixon becomes first president to attend a season NFL game while in office: the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 41-28
  • 1969-12-21 Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game
  • 1972-12-31 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
  • 1973-01-14 Super Bowl VII, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7; MVP: Jake Scott, Miami, S
  • 1979-12-16 Dallas QB Roger Staubach throws 3 TDs and 336 yards in his last NFL regular season game with the Cowboys, a 35-34 win over Washington Redskins at Texas Stadium
  • 1983-01-22 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys, 31-17
  • 1983-01-30 Super Bowl XVII, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Washington Redskins beat Miami Dolphins, 27-17; MVP: John Riggins, Washington, RB
  • 1983-10-02 Wide receiver Art Monk begins NFL streak of 183 consecutive games with a reception in the Washington Redskins' 37-35 win over the LA Raiders
  • 1984-01-08 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat San Francisco 49ers, 24-21
  • 1984-01-22 Super Bowl XVIII, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL: LA Raiders beat Washington Redskins, 38-9; MVP: Marcus Allen, Los Angeles, RB
  • 1984-01-29 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 45-3; MVP: Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins, QB
  • 1987-01-11 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins, 17-0

  • 1988-01-17 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings, 17-10

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1988-01-31 Super Bowl XXII, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA: Washington Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10; MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1990-11-12 "The Body Bag Game" - after Eagles coach Buddy Ryan threatens beating Redskins so badly "they'll have to be carted off in body bags" the Eagles defense score 3 touchdowns winning 28–14, knocking 8 Redskins out of the game
  • 1991-11-24 After going 12-0, Washington Redskins lose to Dallas 24-21
  • 1992-01-12 NFC Championship, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Detroit Lions, 41-10
  • 1992-01-26 Super Bowl XXVI, Metrodome, Minneapolis, MI: Washington Redskins beat Buffalo Bills, 37-24; MVP: Mark Rypien, Washington, QB
  • 1992-10-12 Wash Redskin Art Monk sets NFL record with 820th reception

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2002-01-13 In a controversial move, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season

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2008-01-08 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs

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2010-01-05 Mike Shanahan is formally introduced as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • 2011-01-30 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 55-41; MVP: DeAngelo Hall, Washington Redskins, DB
  • 2013-12-30 NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Washington Redskins
  • 2015-07-08 The NFL's Washington Redskins have their trademark vacated on the grounds it may cause offence to native Americans

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2018-10-08 New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees becomes NFL's all-time leader in passing yards; needs 201 yards to pass Peyton Manning's record; gets 363 & 3 TD's in Saints 43-19 win v Washington Redskins at the SuperDome

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1897-10-11 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Grafton, West Virginia (d. 1969)
  • 1904-09-01 Ray Flaherty, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end, coach (3 x NFL Championships; Washington Redskins 1937, 42 coach), born in Lamont, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1907-09-28 Glen "Turk" Edwards, NFL tackle (Boston/Washington Redskins)
  • 1910-05-01 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1933, 34, 36; Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1912-10-25 Jack Kent Cooke, Canadian entrepreneur, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Hamilton, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1913-01-31 Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)

Person of interestSammy Baugh

1914-03-17 Sammy Baugh, American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2008)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1916-06-01 Ki Aldrich, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (TCU; Pro Bowl 1939, 42; Chicago Cardinals, Washington Redskins), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1920-05-31 Edward Bennett Williams, American lawyer/team owner (Washington Redskins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1988)
  • 1922-04-29 George Allen, football coach (LA Rams, Washington Redskins)
  • 1922-06-20 Tommy Mont, American NFL quarterback and coach (Washington Redskins; DePauw University), born in Mount Savage, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1930-01-07 Eddie LeBaron, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1955, 57, 58, 62; Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), born in San Rafael, California (d. 2015)
  • 1930-02-26 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), born in Elyria, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1934-08-23 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1934-10-04 Sam Huff, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (5-time Pro Bowl; NY Giants, Washington Redskins), born in Edna, West Virginia
  • 1935-06-06 Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960, 62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1936-04-19 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), born in Exira, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • 1937-07-04 Roosevelt Taylor, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1963, 68; First Team All-Pro 1963; Chicago Bears, SF 49ers, Washington Redskins), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1940-03-10 Joe Bugel, American football coach (offensive line Washington Redskins 'Hogs', Super Bowl 1982, 87; Phoenix Cardinals, Oakland Raiders), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)

Person of interestJoe Gibbs

1940-11-25 Joe Gibbs, American football coach (Washington Redskins), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs
  • 1941-09-28 Charley Taylor, NFL wide receiver/running back (Wash Redskin)
  • 1944-07-01 Diron Talbot, American NFL defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1974, Washington Redskins), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • 1945-04-20 Steve Spurrier, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1966, Florida; NFL: SF 49ers) and coach (Florida, South Carolina; NFL: Washington Redskins), born in Miami Beach, Florida
  • 1946-08-05 Gary Beban, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1967, UCLA: NFL: Washington Redskins), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949-08-04 John Riggins, NFL running back (NY Jets, Wash Redskins)
  • 1949-09-09 Joe Theismann, NFL quarterback (Redskins)/sportscaster
  • 1955-08-09 Doug Williams, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins), born in Zachary, Louisiana
  • 1957-12-05 Art Monk, American NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1958-02-02 Dexter Manley, NFLer (Wash Redskins)
  • 1958-12-08 George Rogers, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1980, U of South Carolina; #1 pick 1981 NFL Draft; Super Bowl 1987; NO Saints, Washington Redskins), born in Duluth, Georgia
  • 1959-11-02 Mark May, American College Football Hall of Fame guard and broadcaster (Super Bowl 1982, 87; Washington Redskins), born in Oneonta, NY
  • 1960-02-15 Darrell Green, NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1961-04-22 Jeff Hostetler, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Raiders, Redskins/1990 Superbowl)
  • 1961-06-28 Jay Schroeder, NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins, LA Raiders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1961-07-21 Henry Ellard, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • 1961-10-09 Trevor Matich, American NFL center (Washington Redskins), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962-05-01 Gary Clark, American NFL wide receiver (Super Bowl 1987, 91; Washington Redskins; Pro Bowl 1986, 87, 90, 91; All-Pro 1986, 87, 91), born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1962-06-25 Dan Turk, American footballer, NFL center (Washington Redskins), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • 1962-10-02 Mark Rypien, Canadian NFL quarterback (Super Bowl MVP 1991; Washington Redskins), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1962-12-12 Ray Brown, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, SF 49ers), born in Marion, Arkansas
  • 1963-02-18 John Gesek, American NFL center (Washington Redskins), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1963-06-04 Jim Lachey, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in St. Henry, Ohio
  • 1963-12-31 Ed Simmons, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in French Camp, California
  • 1964-12-21 Keith Taylor, NFL safety (Washington Redskins), born in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey
  • 1965-01-10 James Washington, American NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys, Wash Redskins), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1965-01-29 Tim Johnson, NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1965-05-06 Ken Harvey, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1965-05-09 Marc Logan, NFL running back (Washington Redskins), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1965-08-13 Cris Dishman, American NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers, Wash Redskins), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1965-09-11 Tony Woods, American NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1965-10-24 Vernice Smith, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, St Louis Rams), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1966-01-28 Jeff Uhlenhake, NFL center (New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins)
  • 1966-06-14 Rod Stephens, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967-01-07 Scott Galbraith, American NFL tight end (Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1967-06-17 Keith Sims, American NFL offensive guard (Pro Bowl 1993–95; Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967-08-16 Matt Vanderbeek, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1967-10-21 Stanley Richard, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1968-02-21 Terry Allen, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Wash Redskins), born in Commerce, Georgia
  • 1968-05-27 Cedric Smith, NFL running back (Wash Redskins, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968-06-16 Matt Turk, NFL punter (Washington Redskins)
  • 1968-07-30 Terry Crews, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins) and actor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1968-08-18 Brian Mitchell, American football running back (Washington Redskins), born in Leesville, Louisiana
  • 1968-10-07 Erick Anderson, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968-11-05 Bob Dahl, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968-12-28 Darrick Brownlow, US NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1969-03-12 Muhammad Oliver, NFL cornerback/safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1969-04-11 Jesse Campbell, American football safety (NY Giants, Washington Redskins), born in Washington, North Carolina
  • 1969-07-26 Marc Boutte, American NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1970-04-10 Sean Gilbert, American NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-04-22 Coleman Bell, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1970-07-09 Trent Green, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1970-11-14 Dexter Nottage, NFL defensive end (Wash Redskins, KC Chiefs)
  • 1971-02-04 Sterling Palmer, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971-02-16 Larry Jones, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971-05-01 Ethan Albright, American NFL long-snapper (Pro Bowl 2007; Washington Redskins), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1971-05-19 Darryl Morrison, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971-06-20 William Gaines, NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971-07-22 William Bell, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971-07-31 Gus Frerotte, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1996, Washington Redskins), born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania
  • 1971-12-31 Heath Shuler, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints), born in Bryson City, North Carolina
  • 1972-01-18 Ryan Kuehl, American football long snapper (Washington Redskins), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972-02-26 Scott Turner, American politician & NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in Richardson, Texas
  • 1972-03-11 Jamal Duff, NFL defensive end (NY Giants, Wash Redskins)
  • 1972-05-22 Rich Owens, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972-05-31 Bryan Walker, safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972-07-07 Michael Westbrook, American NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1972-07-26 Tydus Winans, American NFL and CFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins, Roughriders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972-09-05 Tom Carter, American NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1972-10-23 Patrise Alexander, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972-10-31 Jamie Asher, American NFL tight end (Washington Redskins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1972-12-31 Kelvin Kinney, American football defensive end (Washington Redskins), born in Montgomery, West Virginia
  • 1973-03-03 Cory Raymer, NFL center (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973-03-21 Larry Bowie, running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973-04-22 Christopher Sanders, tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973-09-03 Brian Thure, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Downey, California
  • 1973-12-22 Jamel Williams, American football safety (Washington Redskins), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1974-03-01 Stephen Davis, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1999, 2000, 03; Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1974-04-25 Twan Russell, American football linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1974-05-13 Albert Connell, wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • 1974-05-16 Keith Thibodeaux, cornerback (Washington Redskins)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1969-08-09 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • 1981-04-28 Cliff Battles, American football halfback (First-team All-Pro 1933, 34, 36; Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), dies at 70
  • 1983-03-12 Ki Aldrich, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (TCU; Pro Bowl 1939, 42; Chicago Cardinals, Washington Redskins), dies at 66
  • 1988-08-13 Edward Bennett Williams, American lawyer, team owner (Washington Redskins, Baltimore Orioles), dies of colon cancer at 68
  • 1990-12-31 George Allen, US football coach (LA Rams, Wash Redskins), dies
  • 1994-07-19 Ray Flaherty, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end, coach (3 x NFL Championships; Washington Redskins 1937, 42 coach), dies at 90
  • 1996-02-27 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1997-04-06 Jack Kent Cooke, Canadian entrepreneur, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 84
  • 2007-11-27 Sean Taylor, American NFL free safety (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; All Pro 2007; Washington Redskins), dies when shot by an armed intruder at 24
  • 2012-01-01 Tommy Mont, American NFL quarterback & coach (Washington Redskins; DePauw University), dies of heart failure at 89
  • 2013-04-01 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), dies at gallbladder cancer at 76
  • 2015-04-01 Eddie LeBaron, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1955, 57, 58, 62; Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), dies at 85
  • 2020-04-05 Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960, 62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), dies at 84
  • 2020-05-29 Roosevelt Taylor, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1963, 68; First Team All-Pro 1963; Chicago Bears, SF 49ers, Washington Redskins), dies at 82
  • 2020-06-28 Joe Bugel, American football coach (offensive line Washington Redskins 'Hogs', Super Bowl 1982, 87; Phoenix Cardinals, Oakland Raiders), dies of bone cancer at 80