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Redskins Legacy: Redskins, Eagles & JFK

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Fifty years ago, the Redskins and Eagles clashed on a day that had a strange and melancholy feel to it.

The stoic crowd of 61,000 at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field lacked the customary exuberance of an NFL game, and many of the players were “going through the motions,” said Carl Kammerer, a Redskins defensive end who played that day.

The date was Sunday, Nov. 24, 1963, two days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A traumatized nation stricken with anguish was coping with the realization that its leader was gone.