Posts Tagged ‘George Allen’

Best games in Redskins-Cowboys rivalry

December 29, 2012
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Robert Griffin III. Photo by Bill Bride.

The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry may be back. Robert Griffin III and Tony Romo may add themselves to the list of notable players in what was once the most heated rivalry in the NFL. George Allen. Joe Gibbs. Joe Theismann. John Riggins. Dexter Manley. Diron Talbert. Roger Staubach. Randy White. Harvey Martin.

To see my list of the best 20 games in the Washington-Dallas rivalry, click below. The first three are obvious – the two NFC Championship games (1972 and 1982) that the Redskins won to advance to the Super Bowl, and the devastating, year-ending 1979 loss to Dallas that kept the Redskins out of the playoffs.

Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

February 7, 2011

Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday.

Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger is the latest Redskin to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Hanburger was voted in as a senior candidate, 32 years after the outside linebacker retired.  Hanburger played 14 seasons for the Redskins, making the Pro Bowl nine times and winning the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 1972 when Washington made it to the Super Bowl.

In the 1970s, Hanburger was part of George Allen’s “Over the Hill Gang,” a group of veterans who led the Redskins to five playoff appearances and seven winning seasons in a row from 1971 to 1977.

Hanburger intercepted 19 passes in his career, returning two for touchdowns, and recovered 17 fumbles, returning three for scores. He was named All-Pro four times.

Hanburger becomes the fourth Redskin in the last four years to make it to Canton, Ohio.  Last year, guard Russ Grimm made it to Canton.  Two years ago, receiver Art Monk and cornerback Darrell Green were enshrined.

Hanburger, like Monk and Grimm, was a humble player who did not promote his accomplishments during or after his career.

Modesty may have hurt them in being overlooked for the Hall for a number of years.  Like Monk (inducted in his eighth year of eligibility) and Grimm (inducted in his 14th year of eligibility), Hanburger was bypassed for many years, making it 27 years after he was first eligible.

Is there an anti-Redskins bias that prevents players from making the Hall of Fame in favor of players from Pittsburgh and Dallas?

There are many other Redskins who should be in the Hall of Fame and others who at least deserve consideration.  Click here to read the rest of my article on to find out which other Redskins may belong in Canton, Ohio.

Will former Skins linebacker Chris Hanburger, of Over the Hill Gang, make the Hall of Fame?

February 5, 2011

Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger may be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight.  Hanburger was nominated as a senior candidate.  The voting takes place today. Hanburger made nine Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro four seasons.  He was NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1972 when the Redskins made it to the Super Bowl.

Hanburger was part of teams that made five playoff appearances in seven years in the 1970s for George Allen’s Redskins.  Click here to see my article on