Hail Victory: An Oral History of the Washington Redskins

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A you-are-there history of one of football's most successful and beloved teams

Who is the greatest quarterback in Redskins history? Baugh? Jurgensen? Theismann? Rypien? However you answer that question, you'll find plenty of evidence to support your argument in Hail Victory. Based on sportswriter Thom Loverro's exclusive interviews with a host of the greatest players ever to wear the team jersey, this comprehensive history of the tradition-rich Washington Redskins puts you on ...

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Overview

A you-are-there history of one of football's most successful and beloved teams

Who is the greatest quarterback in Redskins history? Baugh? Jurgensen? Theismann? Rypien? However you answer that question, you'll find plenty of evidence to support your argument in Hail Victory. Based on sportswriter Thom Loverro's exclusive interviews with a host of the greatest players ever to wear the team jersey, this comprehensive history of the tradition-rich Washington Redskins puts you on the 50-yard line to witness all of the team's most memorable moments and meet its greatest players, and you'll hear what they have to say about the brightest and darkest moments from the Skins' past. You'll discover:
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Sonny Jurgensen's last conversation with Vince Lombardi
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Jeff Rutledge's account of "the Greatest Comeback in Football History"
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Joe Theismann's take on the tackle that ended his career
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How George Allen assembled the "Over the Hill Gang"
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Joe Jacoby's Hog's-eye view of all three Redskins Super Bowl victories
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Gene Pepper's memories of playing with the legendary Sammy Baugh
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And much more

You'll also find color photos of outstanding players and coaches in action, including Lombardi, George Allen, Theismann, Jurgensen, Joe Gibbs, and many others. If you love the Skins, you must have Hail Victory!

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Team oral histories possess resilient appeal, and this is one of the best. Washington sports reporter Thom Loverro calls on key Redskin players including Joe Thiesmann, Sonny Jurgensen, and Charley Taylor to relive memories of high points, close calls, and near-misses in team history. The results are spectacular. The retired stars reminisce about George Allen's "Over the Hill Gang" and Vince Lombardi's short but thrilling tenure; Joe Jacoby compares all three of the 'Skins three Super Bowl champions; and modest Jeff Rutledge offers an unforgettable account of what it feels like to be a third-string quarterback pulling off "the greatest comeback in football history."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470179246
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/31/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 787,853
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thom Loverro is a sports columnist for the Washington Times. His feature articles have appeared in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sport magazine, and others. He has been a guest on a number of television programs on HBO, ESPN, and many network affiliates.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Joe Jacoby.

Acknowledgments.

Voices of the Redskins.

Introduction.

1 Finding a Home.

2 Futility.

3 Sonny and Sam.

4 A Block of Granite.

5 Every Time You Win, You’re Reborn.

6 When You Lose, You Die a Little.

7 Champions.

8 Staying on Top.

9 The Final Run.

10 Changes.

Epilogue.

Photo Credits.

Index.

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