The NFL Washington Redskin Jerseys Through History
The American Football League and NFL awarded the city of Boston a team in 1932 with George Preston Marshall heading the ownership group of this new franchise. Marshall owned a chain of laundromats in Washing DC and had little football background. He was known for his communication skills and flair for promotional skills.
The team would play at Braves Field, home of Boston’s National League baseball team, so they took the name Boston Braves. Marshall took sole ownership of the team and moved them to Fenway Park in July of 1933. He also changed the team’s official name to the Boston Redskins.
Their time playing in Boston was fairly short-lived. The team had its first real success in 1936 by winning the NFL’s Eastern Division earning them the right to host Green Bay in the NFL championship game.
There was poor attendance from Boston fans which Marshal was not happy with. In protest, he moved the game to New York where they lost 21-6. They gave up their home-field advantage and never played another game in Boston.
Marshall moved the Redskins to Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. in 1937. Renamed the Washington Redskins the team would become a success story. Marshall’s innovations included the first-ever marching band and the first-ever fight song ‘Hail to the Redskins‘. The band is the only remaining commissioned marching band in the NFL and the song is heard with every touchdown.
In the same year, the Redskins got the right to bring in Slinging Sammy Baugh from Texas. The franchise and the NFL would never be the same. Baugh revolutionized pro football offenses forever during his 16 seasons and over 22,000 yards of passing.
Washington decided that changing the logo and altering the uniforms with a different type of lettering and pants would help the Redskins maintain a formidable look.
The club had some rough years leading to a uniform change in 1960. The Washington Redskins and Dick James looked to change the Washington Redskin jerseys and hopefully change their luck.
In 1964, all-pro linebacker Sam Huff came to Washington. The famous spear helmet and jersey changed which is used as a throwback jersey.
A jersey change and the famous "spear helmet" was created. This uniform is still used as Washington Redskin throwback jerseys by the Redskins today.
The 1970's brought the biggest changes with the addition of the yellow Washington redskins jersey, white pants, and famous helmet. The helmets like this one worn by Sonny Jurgensen are hot collector items.
The helmets and Washington Redskin jerseys from the 1980's are similar to the ones still used today. The 1980's jersey style had legendary players such as Joe Theismann, Art Monk, Mark Rypien, John Riggins, Darrell Green, and most of "the Hogs" win Super Bowl championships in this jersey.
The nickname Hogs or Red Hogs stems from the Super Bowl winning era when offensive line coach Joe Bugel used the term as a nickname for the team's dominant offensive line. They won 3 Super Bowls and 2 NFL championships.
In 2022, Washington introduced their new name and logo – the Commanders. They replaced the name that had been the team’s moniker since 1933.
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