Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday: Division Battle Between the Redskins And Eagles – November 24, 1963

Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a trip down memory lane to revisit yesteryear moments in Washington football history. From jaw-dropping plays to nail-biting finishes, Washington football has provided its fans with countless memories throughout the years. Today, we turn our attention all the way back to November 24, 1963, when the Washington Redskins took on the Philadelphia Eagles. As we dive into the archives, let’s try relive the events that unfolded on that historic day.

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99 Days Until The Washington Commanders Opening Game of 2023

It’s finally here – the not-really-all-that-official countdown to the 2023 Washington Commanders regular season. There are exactly 99 days left until the Commanders first game of 2023 against the Arizona Cardinals on September 10th.

Here are some notable things about Washington that contain 99 in some way.

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Flashback Friday: Sonny Jurgensen Being Honored On Sunday

Sonny Jurgensen is already in Pro Football’s Hall Of Fame. He is arguably one of the most recognizable player’s in D.C. history. On Sunday, Sonny will watch his number 9 raised to the rafters, never to be worn by anyone in Washington again. The 88-year old Jurgensen will join Sammy Baugh (33), Bobby Mitchell (49) and Sean Taylor (21) as just the fourth player to have his jersey retired by Washington.

The team has had a long-standing tradition of not handing out the numbers of their heralded – regardless of if they are retired – so nobody has worn Sonny’s number 9 since he retired in 1974 anyway.

But on Sunday, it will become official.

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Throwback Thursday: Mitchell Hauls in 50-Yard Pass For The Win

On this day in Washington history – September 23rd, 1962 – Washington edged the Browns 17-16 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

It was 16-10 Browns late in the fourth, until Bobby Mitchell hauled in a 50-yard pass from Norm Snead. Mitchell took it to the house and gave Washington the lead for good. Snead only completed eight passes in the game, and was sacked four times.

1962 was Mitchell’s second best season stats-wise. He caught 72 balls for 1384 yards, and caught a career high eleven touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the second time, and was named First Team All pro.

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Flashback Friday: This Day in 1962

On this day, September 23rd, way back in 1962, the Washington Redskins scored a come from behind victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Bobby Mitchell hauled in a 50 yard pass from Norm Snead in the 4th quarter to eke out a 17-16 win. It was a tough day for Snead who completed only 8 passes and was sacked 4 times. Mitchell caught 3 passes for 94 yards of Snead’s 147.

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Flashback Friday: This Day in 1969

On this day, September 9th in 1969, the Washington Redskins lost the top pass catcher in the NFL when Bobby Mitchell decided to retire at the age of 34.

“I couldn’t stand being on the team and being on the bench,” Mitchell offered at a news conference at the time.

Despite being the top active receiver in the NFL in 1969 with 521 catches (7053 yards), he had been reduced to a reserve role (Washington had a fleet of young receivers), and was already planning on retiring at season’s end.

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