Redskins Historian

Redskins Historian I'm the official Redskins historian, and I've authored two comprehensive books on Redskins history -- The Redskins Encyclopedia and the Washington Redskins Football Vault. Please visit my Web site at www.redskinshistorian.com.
Redskins Historian is Mike Richman, who is Mr. Multimedia when it comes to the iconic sports franchise in the nation's capital. He's also no stranger to fans of the burgundy and gold. Mike is the foremost authority on Redskins history and has authored two books on the storied franchise: The Redskins Encyclopedia and the Washington Redskins Football Vault. The encyclopedia is the most comprehensive journalistic account ever on the Redskins, and the Vault is unique because it features memorabilia (press passes, ticket stubs, game program covers, etc.) that one can touch and examine. Mike is also the producer and host of the Redskins TV show, “Burgundy & Gold Magazine,” and has earned a series of awards for his work on the show. Most recently, he won first place for sports coverage in the nationally recognized 2013 Hometown Media Awards sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media. Mike also hosts a radio show-podcast called “Burgundy & Gold Flashback,” which relives the Redskins’ tradition through the words of legends who once represented the franchise. Many print and broadcast media have interviewed Mike on Redskins history, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News and network TV affiliates in the Washington, D.C. area. Plus, Mike has co-hosted “Redskins Chronicles,” a history show produced by the team. NFL Films interviewed him for its documentary on Redskins history, and the Redskins did so for the 75th anniversary production, “Great Moments in Redskins History.” He appears on the “NFL Top 10,” which airs on the NFL Network. A long-time Redskins fanatic, Mike grew up in the D.C. area in Montgomery County, Md. He holds Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland and Master’s degrees from Temple University and American University in Washington. He lives in Potomac, Md., with his wife, Cheryl, and his daughter, Brooke.
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Redskins Historian is an extension of Mike Richman's web site, redskinshistorian.com, which is treasure trove of information on the Washington Redskins. It’s like a Redskins library right at your fingertips. The goldmine of material on the site, much of which is also posted on the Redskins Historian page, includes: • All episodes of Mike’s TV show “Burgundy & Gold Magazine” • Mike’s wealth of articles on Redskins history • Audio clips from Mike’s special series “This Week in Redskins History” • Mike’s appearances with Larry Michael, the “Voice of the Redskins,” on the popular TV show “Redskins Nation” • Mike’s myriad of other TV and radio guest appearances • Mike’s blog • All episodes of Mike’s radio show/podcast “Burgundy & Gold Flashback” • Mike’s interview with NFL Films for its documentary on Redskins history

Mission: To uphold the tradition and promote the history of the Washington Redskins, one of the most storied NFL franchises ever.

LEGENDARY REDSKINS COACH JOE GIBBS: Here’s an excellent opportunity to acquire the only book on the life and legacy of...
04/14/2019
Joe Gibbs Book - Mike Richman Offer

LEGENDARY REDSKINS COACH JOE GIBBS: Here’s an excellent opportunity to acquire the only book on the life and legacy of Joe Gibbs, the three-time Redskins Super Bowl winner and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As part of a special promotion, you can get a copy of the book, "Joe Gibbs: An Enduring Legacy." Just click on this link to get your hands on this collector’s item: http://youthfortomorrow.org/JoeGibbsBook. The deadline is May 1. This full-color book has hundreds of photos and focuses on the four pillars of Gibbs’ life: the Redskins and football, his wonderful foundation Youth For Tomorrow, his NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing, and his devotion to faith and family. I felt honored to serve as an author and the editor of this book. All of the proceeds go to Youth For Tomorrow. For more than a quarter-century, YFT has served boys and girls who have been abandoned or abused by family, who are homeless, who are expelled from public schools, or who are in need of therapeutic aid to address their mental health issues. Thank you!!

04/14/2019
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LEGENDARY REDSKINS COACH JOE GIBBS: Here’s an excellent opportunity to acquire the only book on the life and legacy of Joe Gibbs, the three-time Redskins Super Bowl winner and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As part of a special promotion, you can get a copy of the book, "Joe Gibbs: An Enduring Legacy." Just click on this link to get your hands on this collector’s item: http://youthfortomorrow.org/JoeGibbsBook. The deadline is May 1. This full-color book has hundreds of photos and focuses on the four pillars of Gibbs’ life: the Redskins and football, his wonderful foundation Youth For Tomorrow, his NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing, and his devotion to faith and family. I felt honored to serve as an author and the editor of this book. All of the proceeds go to Youth For Tomorrow. For more than a quarter-century, YFT has served boys and girls who have been abandoned or abused by family, who are homeless, who are expelled from public schools, or who are in need of therapeutic aid to address their mental health issues. Thank you!!

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? In watching the Redskins’ 7-9 season come to a painful end yesterday, I had a sickening feel...
01/01/2019

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? In watching the Redskins’ 7-9 season come to a painful end yesterday, I had a sickening feeling, one I don’t think I’ve had since our 17-0 loss to the Cowboys in 2009.

On that day, the next-to-last game in Jim Zorn’s ignominious two-year coaching stint, the Redskins simply looked helpless. It’s like they had no chance whatsoever to beat the Cowboys, not matter how hard they played. Dallas, of all teams, was just toying with us.

I felt the exact same way in the 24-0 loss to the Eagles on Sunday, a defeat that was exacerbated by the sea of green at FedExField and the obnoxious chants of “E-A-G-L-E-S.” Josh Johnson was running for his life all game, the running game with Adrian Peterson had no pep in it, and our defense looked like a doormat for the Eagles. Allowing a 21-play, 12-minute, 87-yard TD drive is all you need to know about that.

For someone who’s been a diehard Redskins fan for a half-century and, by the way, will never relinquish his support for the Burgundy & Gold – no matter how depressing things have been over the last quarter-century – the loss was incredibly difficult to stomach.

But did our once-promising season have to come crashing down like this, with six losses in the last seven games? We were 6-3 with a two-game lead in the NFC East. The division title was in clear sight, and if that escaped us, a wild card spot seemed like a certainty.

In my opinion, if Alex Smith doesn’t go down with a season-ending and possible career-ending injury at that point, we’d be in the playoffs right now, despite the slew of injuries we’ve suffered for the second straight season. Others in the media point to that as a copout for the Redskins’ woes. But it’s the truth. The veteran QB was doing nothing spectacular. Alex Smith was simply being Alex Smith the game manager. He was a stabilizing force on the offense and would have found a way to squeeze out the two or three more wins we needed to capture the division.

In other words, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation if Alex Smith had remained healthy.

Still, reality is reality, and in this case we’re out of the playoffs for the 21st time in the last 27 seasons since the Redskins won their last of three Super Bowls in the Joe Gibbs-1 glory era.

So where do we go from here, and who’s to blame for this mess?

• Is it Dan Snyder, whose Redskin teams have won 43 percent of their games (141-185-1, including a 2-5 mark in the playoffs), in the 20 years he’s owned the franchise?

• Is it Bruce Allen, who’s presided over a 59-86-1 (.410) squad in his nine full seasons with the organization?

• Is it Jay Gruden, whose teams have been a model of mediocrity in his five seasons at the helm with a 35-44-1 record (.438) and only one playoff appearance?

• Is it the training staff, with at least 25 Redskins on IR for the second consecutive year?

Let me address these one by one.

Dan Snyder: He needs to hire the best possible player personnel minds available and retain them. I know Doug Williams and Alex Santos, among others, are highly valued in the organization for their skill at judging talent. Joe Gibbs has often said that his ability to tap into very savvy people – GM Bobby Beathard and an astute assistant coaching staff, for example – was one of his overwhelming keys to success when he coached the squad in the 1980s and early 90s.

Bruce Allen: I know the “I hate Bruce Allen” crowd wants him to be shown the door ASAP for bad personnel moves and other dubious decisions that have happened on his watch. But nobody, and I mean nobody, knows what really goes on at Redskins Park except for the people who work there. I sense that decisions made there are mostly group decisions, meaning you can’t point the finger at any one person as the culprit. Convince me otherwise.

Jay Gruden: I said before this season that if Gruden doesn’t make the playoffs – given that five seasons is a strong barometer of the capability of an NFL coach – he’s got to go. One playoff season over five years with a mediocre overall record doesn’t cut it in today’s NFL. To be honest, I don’t know what to say about that now, given the slew of injuries the team suffered for the second straight season. Much of the way the season came crashing down appeared to be out of his control. At the same time, Gruden in my opinion is an average NFL coach, and I’m not sure that even with a relatively healthy squad, he’d be able to mold the Redskins into a team that’s dominant year after year and spanks opponents week after week.

The training staff: Something can’t be right when you have at least 25 players on IR for the second straight season. I understand that some of those injuries, such as Smith’s compound leg fracture, can’t be controlled no matter how advanced a team’s approach to conditioning its players. Or does this have something to do with the way the Redskins are preparing in training camp and leading up to games during the season? Perhaps they’re not hitting hard enough in practice to get their bodies conditioned for games, a trend that would point toward Gruden and his staff. A number of players from the Joe Gibbs-1 era have told me that he had them hitting so hard in practice that they looked forward to Sunday. Teams can’t hit as hard now in practice because of an agreement between the players’ union and the owners, but this rash of Redskins injuries is bizarre.

With all of this said, I’ll point out that winning cures everything. When the day comes that the Redskins win consistently again – and note that I said when – we’ll all move on from these ominous times and cheer with pride for the Burgundy & Gold.

As always, Hail to the Redskins!

Many thanks to photographer Reggie Hildred for these excellent pictures from Sunday’s game.

REDSKINS RECAP: Tune in to "The Sideline Report" on Channels 42 Verizon in Montgomery County and Prince George's County ...
11/21/2018

REDSKINS RECAP: Tune in to "The Sideline Report" on Channels 42 Verizon in Montgomery County and Prince George's County (MD) for a recap of Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Texans and for a look at what the rest of the 2018 season may hold for the Redskins. The show airs at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 6 pm on Thursday and 7:30 pm on Friday with Yours Truly and fellow guests Lou Holder and Donna Hopkins, along with host Marvin Jackson, opining on the change of QBs from Alex Smith to Colt McCoy, the future of coach Jay Gruden, and other pertinent NFL developments, as well as Redskins' alumni weekend.

Redskins photos courtesy of Ed Sheahin.

CONGRATS, BOBBY! Last weekend, I visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, with my photographer, Ed Sheahin...
08/12/2018

CONGRATS, BOBBY! Last weekend, I visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, with my photographer, Ed Sheahin, for the induction of legendary Redskins GM Bobby Beathard. It was about time! He served as either a scout, personnel executive, or general manager for four teams (Chiefs, Dolphins, Redskins, Chargers) that went to a total of seven Super Bowls and won four times over the course of his nearly 40-year NFL career. That's an incredibly difficult record to match! The Redskins, of course, captured Super Bowls XVII and XXII on his watch. He also assembled many of the players on the Redskins' 1991 squad that went 14-2 in the regular season and won Super Bowl XXVI. Joe Gibbs, who coached those Redskins teams and entered the HOF in 1996, presented Beathard for enshrinement at Saturday evening's induction ceremony.

A few quotes on Beathard per The Redskins Encyclopedia:

Former Redskins GM Charley Casserly, who assisted Beathard in the personnel department for 11 seasons in D.C.: “He’s the best general manager in the history of the National Football League. I was lucky enough to work for people like him. Bobby was a great human being, excellent eye for talent, very easy to get along with, would listen to you, encouraged you to have your own opinion. He would think outside the box and was very aggressive in his way of doing things.”

Former Redskins star receiver Gary Clark: “He’s the standard of GMs. If every other GM could have the type of illustrious career Bobby Beathard had, you’d be talking about them.”

A few hours before the enshrinement ceremony, Ed and I attended a Redskins luncheon in honor of Beathard. On hand were Redskins President Bruce Allen,, Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams, and the voice of the Redskins, Larry Michael. Williams quarterbacked the Redskins in their 42-10 rout of the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII. Casserly and two ex-Redskins with rings from Super Bowl XVII, Mark Moseley and Mike Nelms, were also there.

On Friday, Redskins ExtremeSkins icons Chris Lopez and Christie Lopez hosted us for a spectacular and colorful tailgate party in Canton of the Pro Football Ultimate Fans Association (PFUFA). Chris was in the PFUFA Class of 2010, and Christie was in the Class of 2012. She's also the group's current treasurer. I was taken by the camaraderie among the sea of PFUFA inductees who were on hand representing NFL teams. See you again soon, Chris and Christie.

Many thanks to Ed Sheahin for these great photos!

`87 REPLACEMENTS: Last week, the Redskins honored the replacement players from the team's 1987 squad with Super Bowl rin...
06/17/2018

`87 REPLACEMENTS: Last week, the Redskins honored the replacement players from the team's 1987 squad with Super Bowl rings. I congratulate Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen, and others in the front office for making that decision. Without that replacement team finishing 3-0, the Redskins wouldn't have gone on to win Super Bowl XXII. It's as simple as that. The 3-0 record left the 4-1 Redskins in first place in the NFC East by the time the regulars returned. They carried that momentum through the rest of the season to finish11-4 (one game was canceled due to the players' strike), before Doug Williams led them on a glory ride through the playoffs that ended with the 42-10 win over the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

I was happy to be interviewed for the ESPN 30 for 30 "Year of the Scab," an amazing documentary that highlighted the contributions of the `87 replacement players. That production played a major role in the decision by the Redskins to award the replacements with Super Bowl rings.

In this post, I'm pictured with "Year of the Scab" Director John Dorsey at the screening of the production last year,

"The 3-0 record of the Redskins' replacement players was part of the remarkable success of the 1987 Washington Redskins," Dan Snyder said. "Their contributions are part of Redskins history and represent an integral reason why a Lombardi Trophy from the 1987 campaign resides in our facility today. Thanks in part to the generosity of our partners on this project, we are happy to honor these players for their role in that world championship."

Many thanks to photographer Reggie Hildred for these wonderful pictures!!

"LISTEN IN WITH KNN" -- I was flattered to be a guest on Kelsey Nicole Nelson's amazing show, "Listen in With KNN," on F...
05/26/2018

"LISTEN IN WITH KNN" -- I was flattered to be a guest on Kelsey Nicole Nelson's amazing show, "Listen in With KNN," on Fox Sports Radio 96.9FM/1340 AM. Under the banner of "Fight for Old D.C.," we talked about everything Redskins. Well, almost everything: Bobby Beathard's induction into the HOF this summer; the 87 Redskins replacements getting rings from Super Bowl XXII; my books The Redskins Encyclopedia, the Washington Redskins Football Vault, and Joe Gibbs: An Enduring Legacy; and my ongoing project of passion, a biography on legendary Redskins coach George Allen. Here's the link for the podcast: https://foxsports1340am.com/episode-59-fight-for-old-dc-wi…/. Check it out and listen to Kelsey host a very entertaining and informative show!!

SHENANDOAH VALLEY ATHLETIC CLUB: It was an honor to speak again to the Shenandoah Valley Athletic Club in Harrisonburg, ...
05/20/2018

SHENANDOAH VALLEY ATHLETIC CLUB: It was an honor to speak again to the Shenandoah Valley Athletic Club in Harrisonburg, VA. I gave a Power Point presentation that spanned a cross-section of Redskins topics: the 2018 draft, a breakdown of the the Kirk Cousins-Alex Smith "swap," the upcoming HOF induction of former GM Bobby Beathard, the `87 replacements getting rings from Super Bowl XXII, and my project of passion: a biography on legendary Redskins coach George Allen. Thank you, Allen Andrick, for inviting me again and, of course, working the Power Point. I look forward to speaking to the club again!!

CONGRATULATIONS, BOBBY! Bobby Beathard has been selected for the HOF!! Long overdue but well deserving for the imaginati...
02/04/2018

CONGRATULATIONS, BOBBY! Bobby Beathard has been selected for the HOF!! Long overdue but well deserving for the imaginative personnel mind who made an enormous impact during the Redskins' glory years of the 80s and early 90s. See you in Canton this summer!

Dan Snyder on Beathard's selection:
"Bobby's illustrious NFL career made him truly deserving of this honor, and the entire Washington Redskins family could not be prouder that the Pro Football Hall of Fame has secured the place in history he so rightly deserves. Bobby was the architect of many of our dearest memories as Redskins fans, and the run of dominance he helped build will always hold a special place in our minds and in our hearts. We cherish his contributions to the Washington Redskins, and we are proud tonight to see that his contributions to the game will be forever immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

Bruce Allen on Beathard's selection:
“I am happy for Bobby and the entire Beathard family upon hearing of this richly deserved honor. His legacy has always lived forever in Redskins history, and I am pleased to see that it will live forever in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well.”

Thanks for the photo, Ed Sheahin, of me interviewing Beathard at the Redskins' 2016 homecoming, when he was inducted into the team's Ring of Fame.

JOE GIBBS-DOUG WILLIAMS: NBC plans to air a segment on Sunday afternoon on the long-time friendship between Joe Gibbs an...
02/03/2018

JOE GIBBS-DOUG WILLIAMS: NBC plans to air a segment on Sunday afternoon on the long-time friendship between Joe Gibbs and Doug Williams. This comes 30 years after Williams put on a spectacular show in the Redskins' 42-10 rout of the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII. I was interviewed for the segment and shared my thoughts mostly on the Redskins nearly trading Williams to the Raiders before the 87 season and on the musical chairs Williams played with Jay Schroeder in 87, before Doug took the reins for good. The segment is supposed to air at 4:27 EST, but I was told to tune in by 4 just in case.

HALL OF FAME: Who will it be when the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 is announced late Saturday afternoon? GM B...
02/02/2018

HALL OF FAME: Who will it be when the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 is announced late Saturday afternoon? GM Bobby Beathard or offensive lineman Joe Jacoby or both? Both Redskins legends are finalists for the Class of 2018 and undoubtedly deserve to be in. I've already made my reservations for Canton this summer because I know at least one of them will be donning a gold HOF jacket. It's going to be exciting. HTTR!!

THROWBACK THURSDAY: How detail-oriented was legendary Redskins coach George Allen? Just ask special teams star Eddie Bro...
01/05/2018
Throwback Thursday: Eddie Brown: George Allen 'Knew More About Me Than My Mother'

THROWBACK THURSDAY: How detail-oriented was legendary Redskins coach George Allen? Just ask special teams star Eddie Brown.

For today's Throwback Thursday moment presented by SUBWAY® restaurants, Redskins.com spoke with Eddie Brown about his recollections of playing under Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach George Allen. 

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