Remember the good old days? Girls were girls, boys were boys, women wore dresses and men wore pants. Toxic masculinity was all the rage back then, and nowhere was toxic masculinity more evident than at an NFL stadium about two miles due east of the US Capitol building, near the west bank of the Anacostia River. Robert F. Kennedy gave the stadium it’s name, and the Washington Redskins made it famous.
At a time when most of America was only worried about “Where’s the Beef”?, the locals there were only concerned with their “Hogs”, the mighty front line of the next years World Championship Washington Redskins team.
Back in ’82 the only exception to the “Men wear Pants” rule was a bit hard to explain. You see, the Washington Redskins were also proud to have the homeliest hussies in 3 counties, but we’ll get to the “Hogettes” soon enough – HTTR.
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In 1982 Washington Redskins-Part One, “The Hogs”1982, a players strike shortened the official regular season to 9 games. The Washington Redskins accomplished winning the NFC East Divisions with a record of 8 and 1, the best record in the entire NFC. In the playoffs, the Redskins defeated the Detroit Lions in the 1st round 31 to 7. In the 2nd round of the playoffs, the Redskins defeated the Minnesota Vikings 21 to 7. Then, for the NFC Championship and to Super Bowl XVII, the Redskins defeated their archrival Dallas Cowboys, avenging their only loss of the season, 31 to 17.
The Washington Redskins offensive line was nicknamed “The Hogs”. Redskins fans everywhere loved “The Hogs” and wore rubber pig noses and at RFK stadium, they would yell “root’em out hogs.” These offensive linemen and blocking tight ends were a huge reason for the 1982 Washington Redskins being the best in the NFL and winning Super Bowl 17.
Center Jeff Bostic, left guard Russ Grimm, right guard Mark May, left tackle Joe Jacoby, right tackle George Starke, guard Fred Dean, and tight ends Rick “Doc” Walker and Don Warren were the original Hogs. These “hogs” controlled the LOS, line of scrimmage, and made it possible for the Washington Redskins to win running the football, winning the time of possession, and setting up play-action passes. Their long drives kept the defense with “fresh legs”. In other words, the “hogs” were “Super”.
Awards from the 1982 Washington Redskins, combined 12 and 1 record including playoffs and Super Bowl XVII
In Part Two, we will give some details about each member of the famous “Hogs” who went to back to back Super Bowls, XVII and XVIII.
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