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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 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:
Sonny Jurgensen's last conversation with Vince Lombardi
Jeff Rutledge's account of "the Greatest Comeback in Football History"
Joe Theismann's take on the tackle that ended his career
How George Allen assembled the "Over the Hill Gang"
Joe Jacoby's Hog's-eye view of all three Redskins Super Bowl victories
Gene Pepper's memories of playing with the legendary Sammy Baugh
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!
Washington, D.C., remains among the most politically and socially divided cities in the country. But for the past 70 years, the National Football League's Washington Redskins have united its citizens. In fact, Washington Times columnist Loverro argues in this team history that the Redskins rival the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court as institutions in the capital. It's that fan-boy tendency toward hyperbole, however, that sometimes gets in the way of telling an objective history of this storied franchise. Nevertheless, his thorough coverage includes the team's humble Boston origins, the golden days of the '30s and '40s, the Vince Lombardi and George Allen coaching eras, and the rise and return of current Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. Loverro also examines such inflammatory issues as racism and homosexuality in the League, and he notes how the changing pro football landscape impacted the Redskins organization. The author's style-paragraphs of narrative interspersed with quotation blocks from players and coaches such as Sam Huff, Sonny Jurgenson, Dexter Manley, Mark Moseley and Joe Theismann-is unexceptional but effective. Though it's frustratingly unclear whether Loverro conducted interviews himself or intercepted them from other sources, there are few franchises in professional sports that command an oral history as compelling as this, the narrative carries itself. For those who worship at the Redskins altar, Loverro's history makes a fitting gospel.