- - Thursday, August 8, 2019

Legendary former Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, a mainstay of local sports broadcast coverage of the Redskins for decades, announced his retirement Thursday.

The 84-year-old Hall of Famer made the announcement on the pre-game radio broadcast of the team’s first preseason contest of the year against the Browns in Cleveland.

“I’ve decided to hang up my headphones and my clipboard. It’s been a great 55 years in Washington. I want to thank our Redskin fans for being so generous to me and our teams, we owe it all to you,” Jurgensen said in a statement released by the team.

“After 62 years in professional football, I still have my health and wonderful family with a special thanks to my beautiful wife Margo for letting me work the weekends for all those years. I’ll always be a fan of professional football and appreciative of all that it has done for me, my family and our city. I’ll leave you with these words: Hail to the Redskins!”

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