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May 11, 1971: "Dancing Bear" Takes His Act to D.C.

May 11, 1971: "Dancing Bear" Takes His Act to D.C.

THIS WEEK IN REDSKINS HISTORY: On May 11, 1971, new Redskins coach George Allen added another weapon to his retooled defense by trading three draft picks to the Buffalo Bills for 290-pound end Ron McDole.  McDole had starred for the Bills in the old American Football League, and his skills helped spark Allen’s stingy Redskin defenses of the 1970s.  He never missed a game in eight seasons in D.C., and started all but one of a possible 121, including playoffs.  He was prolific for a defensive end at intercepting passes, and blocked many field goals and extra points.  Known for his protruding belly and nicknamed “The Dancing Bear,” McDole was selected as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins in 2002.