- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2008

George Allen



Inducted in 2002

Embracing the slogan “the future is now” and trading for several key members of his former Rams team, the intense coach ended the Redskins’ 26-year postseason drought in his first season and drove them in his second to Super Bowl VII, where they lost to the unbeaten Miami Dolphins 14-7. Known for his inspirational gimmicks and speeches, Allen never had a losing season with the Redskins, going 67-30-1 before being fired following a contract dispute with owner Edward Bennett Williams. His lifetime record with the Rams and Redskins was 116-47-5.

Cliff Battles

Running back


Inducted in 1968

The West Virginia Wesleyan product teamed with Sammy Baugh to spark the first Washington Redskins team to the NFL championship in 1937, leading the NFL in rushing with 874 yards. He then abruptly retired at age 27 following a salary dispute with owner George Preston Marshall over a raise. He scored three touchdowns against the Giants on the final day of the 1937 season to power the Redskins to the Eastern Division championship. Longtime Bears coach and owner George Halas rated Battles as the greatest running back he ever saw. In six seasons with the Boston and Washington Redskins, Cliff gained 3,511 yards.

Sammy Baugh



Inducted in 1963

The Texan ranks with Washington Senators and Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson as unquestionably the best and most popular professional athletes in Washington history. He passed the Redskins to five division and two NFL titles in his first nine seasons, starting as a single-wing tailback and finishing his then- club record 16-year career as a T-formation quarterback. When he retired, he held 16 major NFL marks. In his early years, he also was a star defensive back and still holds league punting records for a season (51.4 yards) and a career (45.1).

Bill Dudley

Running back/kicker

1950-51, 1953

Inducted in 1966

Despite often awkward running, passing and kicking techniques, “Bullet Bill” from the University of Virginia was a genuine triple threat whose outspoken ways kept him moving from team to team. After playing three seasons each with the Steelers and Lions, he joined the Redskins for the 1950, 1951 and 1953 seasons. One of the last two-way performers, he led the NFL in rushing and punt returns twice each, interceptions once and field goal percentage once. Teammate Sammy Baugh described him as “a real specialist - specializing in everything.”

Turk Edwards



Inducted in 1969

The two-way performer weighed 260 pounds, huge for his era, and wreaked havoc on both sides of the line. His blocking cleared the way for Battles’ runs and Baugh’s passes, first in Boston and then in Washington. A weird accident ended Edwards’ career in 1940 at age 33: After participating in a pregame coin toss, he turned toward the bench, caught his cleats in the turf and tore up a knee. Subsequently he became an assistant coach and then head coach of the Redskins (1946-48). Earlier, he was a teammate of Giants all-timer Mel Hein at Washington State.

Ray Flaherty



Inducted in 1976

The earliest of three Redskins coaches in Canton, Flaherty won an Eastern Division title for the Boston Redskins in 1936, then directed Washington to three division and two NFL crowns before resigning to enter the Navy during World War II. His greatest moment came in his final game when the Redskins defeated the Bears 14-6 in the NFL title game two years after losing it to them 73-0. His winning percentage of .712 (54-21-3) is the best in team history, and he later coached in the short-lived All-America Football Conference.

Joe Gibbs


1981-92, 2004-07

Inducted in 1996

Despite his failure to replicate his early success during his second term, Gibbs remains one of the most significant Redskins ever with three Super Bowl titles and a career record of 154-94. His teams featured innovative yet disciplined offenses, and he won championships with three different quarterbacks (Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien). Probably his biggest moment came in Super Bowl XXII when the Redskins scored a record 35 points in the second quarter to rout the Broncos 42-10. He formed a successful NASCAR team after leaving the Redskins in 1993 and returned to it this year.

Ken Houston



Inducted in 1986

Played 14 seasons as a strong safety for the Oilers and Redskins and was noted for remarkable instincts that always seemed to have him in the right place at the right time. Of 49 career interceptions, the Prairie View product returned nine for touchdowns and was selected to the Pro Bowl 12 times. His most spectacular play came in a 1973 “Monday Night Football” game when he stopped Walt Garrison at the goal line as time expired to preserve a victory over the Cowboys. However, he never played on a Super Bowl championship team.

Sam Huff


1964-67, 1969

Inducted in 1982

Huff came to the Redskins after playing eight seasons and reaching six NFL title games with the Giants and gaining fame through a TV documentary called “The Violent World of Sam Huff.” He played five seasons in Washington, sat out a year and returned as a player and assistant coach under Vince Lombardi in 1969. For decades, he has teamed with Sonny Jurgensen as analysts on the Redskins’ radio network. Huff remained angry at Giants coach Allie Sherman for trading him, and in 1966 he called time out with seconds remaining so the Redskins could kick a field goal in a game they led 69-41.

Sonny Jurgensen



Inducted in 1983

The redhead joined the Redskins after being obtained from the Eagles for Norman Snead, and he gave fans a reason to watch mediocre Washington teams with his prolific passing to star receivers Bobby Mitchell, Charley Taylor and Jerry Smith. Led Vince Lombardi’s only Redskins team to a 7-5-2 record in 1969 but lost his starting job to journeyman Billy Kilmer in 1971 after a preseason shoulder injury. Arguably the most popular Redskin since Sammy Baugh, Jurgensen had five 3,000-yard seasons, 25 300-yard games, 32,224 yards total and 255 touchdowns over an 18-year career.

Paul Krause



Inducted in 1998

As a rookie free safety in 1964, Krause intercepted a league-leading 12 passes before opposing quarterbacks learned not to challenge the 12th-round draft pick. Before being traded, he swiped 28 passes and gained the first two of his eight Pro Bowl selections. Over a 16-year career with the Redskins and Vikings, Krause intercepted an NFL-record 81 passes and returned them for 1,185 yards. During his 12 seasons in Minnesota as part of the famed “Purple People Eaters” defense, the Vikings played in four Super Bowls (losing them all).

George Preston Marshall

Founder and owner


Inducted in 1963

Possibly the most cantankerous and controversial owner in the city’s sports history (with apologies to Dan Snyder). Marshall was a mover and shaker in the early NFL, coming up with such valuable ideas as the league championship game in 1933. Yet his refusal to integrate the Redskins because of their far-flung Southern radio and TV networks doomed the team to mediocrity from 1946 to 1961. Marshall was a showman who produced pro football’s first marching band, elaborate halftime shows and fight song (“Hail to the Redskins,” of course).

Wayne Millner


1936-41, 1945

Inducted in 1968

An eighth-round draft choice out of Notre Dame, where he caught Bill Shakespeare’s game-winning pass in a memorable victory over Ohio State in 1935, Millner was Baugh’s favorite target in the Redskins’ early days here. He caught touchdown passes of 55 and 78 yards to key a 28-21 triumph over the Bears in the 1937 NFL title game. After serving in World War II, Millner returned for a final season in 1945 before beginning a long career as a coach and scout. In his seven seasons, he caught 124 passes for 1,578 yards, both team records when he retired.

Bobby Mitchell

Running back/flanker


Inducted in 1983

Traded by the Browns to the Redskins in 1962 for the draft rights to Syracuse star Ernie Davis, who died a year later from leukemia, Mitchell was converted to flanker by coach Bill McPeak and became a game-breaking target for Sonny Jurgensen. He led the NFL in receiving with 1,384 yards in 1962 and 1,436 in 1963. After his playing career ended, the four-time Pro Bowl selection worked in the Redskins’ front office until retiring as assistant general manager in 2003.

John Riggins

Running back

1976-79, 1981-85

Inducted in 1992

“The Diesel” provided the most memorable play in Redskins history when he shook off Dolphins defensive back Don McNeil and rumbled 43 yards for the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XVII. Riggins was an uninhibited sort who often sported outlandish hairstyles and once, under the influence, advised Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to “lighten up, Sandy baby, you’re too tight.” An unstoppable force when he got his 240 pounds rolling, Riggins gained 11,352 yards rushing and 2,090 receiving and scored 116 touchdowns in 14 seasons with the Jets and Redskins.

Charley Taylor

Running back/wide receiver


Inducted in 1984

Drafted as a running back in 1964, Taylor was switched to receiver by coach Otto Graham in 1966 although the first-round draft pick from Arizona State had gained 755 yards rushing and caught 53 passes for 814 more as a rookie. It proved a wise move: Taylor led the NFL with 72 receptions for 1,119 yards in his first season at his new position. When he retired, Taylor was the league’s career receptions leader with 649 for 9,110 yards and 79 touchdowns through the air. He later became a Redskins assistant coach.

- Dick Heller

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