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The Redskins Encyclopedia

“Hail to the Redskins” and Redskin-mania have consumed the nation’s capital since 1937, the Redskins’ first year in Washington. The fervor is much stronger today.

 Amply illustrated with 200 photos of players, coaches, and fans, The Redskins Encyclopedia is a must-have book for anyone who has ever bled burgundy and gold. This 432-page book chronicles the franchise’s first 75 seasons, re-living the great—and not so great—moments in the team’s storied history, and the men who helped make Sundays memorable. Every period in Redskins history comes to life in the most comprehensive account ever about the franchise. Readers can find a treasure-trove of anecdotes, quotes and trivia that will keep them glued to the pages.

 There are biographies of some 120 players, among them legends in Redskins lore who hold lofty places in the NFL history books, from Sammy Baugh to Darrell Green to Art Monk to Sonny Jurgensen to Charley Taylor to Joe Theismann. The franchise’s greatest coaches also receive their due.

 Also available is a compilation of honors, records, draft picks and statistics.

 Fans can read about:

  • Coaches like George Allen, the eccentric man who left a legacy as an NFL pioneer, and Joe Gibbs, who formed a D-Y-N-A-S-T-Y.
  • Players like star running back and all-time Redskins ground-gainer John Riggins, who once told Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner to “loosen up, Sandy baby,” and Doug Williams, the first starting black quarterback to win a Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP honors.
  • The franchise’s golden run of four Super Bowl appearances—and three wins—in the 1980s and early 1990s.
  • The legendary Redskins-Cowboys rivalry.
  • The Redskins' calamitous quarter-century stretch of no playoff appearances (1946-1970).

 It’s all in The Redskins Encyclopedia!

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The Redskins Encyclopedia -- Excerpt: Pages IX-XI

Introduction to The Redskins Encyclopedia.

The Redskins Encyclopedia -- Excerpt: Page 85

Sonny vs. Billy Duel Captivates Washington Area, Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer in the 1970s.

The Redskins Encyclopedia -- Excerpt: Pages 118-119

1981-1992: An Icon Among the NFL Elite

The Redskins Encyclopedia -- Excerpt: Pages 132-135

Super Bowl XVII, Day of the Diesel: Riggins Carries Redskins to First Super Bowl Win.

The Redskins Encyclopedia -- Excerpt: Pages 246-249

Joe Gibbs, The Most Celebrated Coach in Redskins History 


2013 Redskins Recap

EXCERPT: How could the Redskins have fallen so far, so fast? It was a simple question but a complicated one to answer following their calamitous 3-13 season in 2013. Consider: They won the NFC East in 2012, capturing their last seven regular-season games to finish 10-6 before losing in the first round of the playoffs. Momentum was behind them. Plus, they were returning virtually the same roster that starred their franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III, who posted one of the most spectacular rookie seasons in NFL history in 2012. You couldn’t go wrong with predictions of 12-4, 11-5, 10-6 or 9-7. A Super Bowl run even seemed a possibility. It was easy to find someone on the Redskins’ bandwagon.

2012 Redskins Recap

EXCERPT: Often in sports, players and coaches must rise in the face of adversity and defy those who say “that’s not possible.” Overcoming such hurdles frequently serves as the dividing line between success and failure. In 2012, the Redskins faced a daunting situation. Holding a 3-6 record at the bye week and riding a three-game losing streak, and with a coach who vowed to “evaluate” his players in hopes of seeing who would be on the team for “years to come,” the Redskins met the challenge.  They reeled off seven straight wins to craft a 10-6 mark and capture the NFC East for the first time since 1999.  In the process, they earned their first playoff berth since 2007 and became the first 3-6 team to make the postseason since the 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Redskins' magical ride ended in the first round with a 24-14 loss to Seattle.

2011 Redskins Recap

EXCERPT: Year two of the rebuilding plan under Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was just that: a team rebuilding and trying to find traction, slip-sliding along the way.  The Redskins regressed in the win-loss column from 6-10 in 2010 to 5-11 in 2011.  They finished in last place in the NFC East and out of the playoffs for the fourth straight year and recorded their third straight 10-loss season for the second time in franchise history.  They also posted a 2-6 mark at home, their worst record at FedExField in the 13-year ownership regime of Dan Snyder.

2010 Redskins Recap

EXCERPT: It was chaotic.  It was outright embarrassing at times.  And the Redskins could do no better than a 6-10 mark with a new coach who came to D.C. sporting two Super Bowl rings, and with a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback who’d taken his team to five NFC championship games and a Super Bowl and had thrown for nearly 33,000 yards.  In addition, the Redskins finished in last place in the NFC East for the third straight year and went 6-6 in 12 games decided by a touchdown or less, a sign that they were still struggling as in past seasons to pull out close games at the end.

2009 Redskins Recap

EXCERPT: The era of Redskins owner Dan Snyder has produced a series of gut-wrenching lows, from 5-11 to 6-10 seasons, to egregious free agent signings and trades, to a swell of fan mistrust of the team’s front office.  But the nadir of Snyder’s reign occurred in 2009, a long, arduous and chaotic season when the Redskins resembled a dysfunctional entity. It was the Year of the Calamity.  In fact, 2009 was the Redskins’ most turbulent season in a half-century, when one combines the team’s on-the-field ineptitude that led to a 4-12 record, with the incessant fan and media acrimony directed mostly at Snyder and his long-time sidekick, Redskins vice president Vinny Cerrato. Frustrations reached a boiling point, to put it mildly.

2008 Redskins Recap

EXCERPT: Balloons were perched on the ceiling.  Confetti was everywhere. Lights were glowing.  Let the celebration begin!  Problem is the 2008 season was only eight games old.  The Redskins were 6-2 at that point with road wins over NFC East rivals Philadelphia and Dallas, plus another victory over the eventual NFC champion, Arizona.  They looked positioned to land in the playoffs and possibly make a deep run to the Super Bowl.  Then came one of the most monumental collapses in Redskins history.  Six losses in the final eight games left them 8-8 and out of the playoff picture.

2007 Redskins Recap

EXCERPT: Drama, drama and more drama.  So it went for the Redskins during a 2007 season that carried elements of a Hollywood script, or a riveting novel, for that matter.  As the most erudite sports historians would agree, it was a unique year for any professional team.  All the while, the Redskins and their fans rode an emotional roller coaster as the burgundy and gold endured one type of adversity after another.  Repeated heartbreaking losses, multiple injuries to key players, embarrassing coaching blunders, and something so unimaginable and unprecedented in NFL history, the murder of safety Sean Taylor, the team’s best player and the face of the franchise for years to come, all befell the Redskins in 2007.


"This book packs a punch just as strong as a hit by a middle linebacker!"

-Sam Huff (Redskins Hall of Fame MLB & long-time radio analyst) on THE REDSKINS ENCYCLOPEDIA

“For Redskins fans, this book is a treasure-trove of stories, facts, anecdotes and quotes. It’s as detailed as a Joe Gibbs game plan, as far-reaching as a Jurgensen to Taylor post pattern, and as enjoyable as a victory over the Cowboys!”

-Steve Sabol (President-NFL Films) on THE REDSKINS ENCYCLOPEDIA

“The Redskins Encyclopedia is an information bonanza that makes you want to keep reading. Redskins fans are special, and they deserve a book like this.”

-Dexter Manley (Legendary Redskins DE, 1981-1989) on THE REDSKINS ENCYCLOPEDIA

“You can’t become a part of the Redskins’ future if you don’t understand the team’s great history and tradition. The Redskins Encyclopedia details the history of one of the NFL’s greatest franchises and allows you to become a part of its future."

-Jon Jansen (Former Redskins OT, 1999-2008) on THE REDSKINS ENCYCLOPEDIA

“The Redskins Encyclopedia is the definitive history of a football team that to Washington is a sports way of life. To this time, nothing has been done on the subject to compare with this book. It is a `can’t-miss’ winner.”

-Steve Gilmartin (Redskins radio voice, 1964-1973) on THE REDSKINS ENCYCLOPEDIA

I just wanted to let you know that I received the package today in the mail.  The book was beautifully packaged. I love everything you included with it.  Thank you so much! And I really appreciate you personalizing it to my husband.  He will really love and treasure it!

The Redskins Encyclopedia is going to make an awesome coffee table book for us. It is very well put together.  I love all the information in it and cannot wait to read it.  But what I truly can't wait for is the look on my husband's face when he opens this on Christmas morning.

Thank you for helping to make this Christmas special for us.  I really appreciate it.  I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Hail to the Redskins!

- Amy Dunham (of Staunton, VA) on The Redskins Encyclopedia