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Old 11-23-2011, 01:24 AM   #31
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My fathers heathen cowboys season ticket holder mother remarried an attorney on Capital Hill and moved the old man to Maryland where he became a Redskins fan as a child. I followed suit at age 8 when John Elway started that Super Bowl off with a TD and then the mighty Doug Williams proceeded to mop the floor with Elway for the next 59 minutes and 30 seconds. I'm happy to say that my extended family still owns a Box at Cowboys stadium and I have never and will never watch a game from their seats. Cowboys can suck it.
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Old 11-23-2011, 01:43 AM   #32
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Re: Why are YOU a Redskins fan?

I grew up in a household full of Redskin fans so it's natural that I became one. I've been watching the Redskins play since 1976 or 1977 so I've been a fan since the George Allen era all the way through the glory years of Gibbs I up until now. I'll always be a fan.
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:09 AM   #33
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Re: Why are YOU a Redskins fan?

Gary Clark mainly, and The Posse as a whole are my first memories of being a Redskins fan. Gary Clark is still one of my favorite football players of all times.

A non-redskin who I use to love was Sterling Sharpe, I wish he never had that neck injury.
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:28 AM   #34
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Moved to the DC area when I was 6 in 1969 (Is that right CRed? - I was pretty sure I went to 1st grade in Camp Springs). The first football game I remember was the 1972 Super Bowl with Miami. Grew up in a house where we always rooted for the Skins and sort of followed them. My bedroom wall had pictures of all the 1970's guys that I would cut out of the Newspaper (the Washington Star and the Post) - Dave Butz, Mike Thomas, Hanburger, Jake Scott, Joe Lavender, Ken Houston. Just naming them all brings back warm memories. Larry Brown, Billy Kilmer, Rusty Tilman, Pete Wysocki (what a great name!), Mark Mosely, Brad Dusek ....

When I went to college, Joe Gibbs came to town and throughout my college and law school days they were a team that was easy to root for when out with my friends.

The last 20 years or so have been tough but I guess I just can't remember a time when I didn't root for the Skins.

BTW - good stories one and all.
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:26 AM   #35
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Re: Why are YOU a Redskins fan?

Live in CT. My whole family were Giants fans.....so I was leaning towards liking them.... Then diesel had "the run" against the phins and I never looked back..... I was 5....I just don't like this team.... Im obsessed.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:22 AM   #36
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Grew up in DC then Arlington in the late 70's. I used to go to Dulles when the team's plane would come in. Watched George Micheal every night and most Sundays would turn off the sound and listen to Frank, Sonny and Sam (before senility kicked in). Went to four Super Bowl parades (including the Raiders loss where we had a bigger turnout than the winning Raiders). I've always loved football even though my father never watched and my mother really loved the team but didn't understand football. The whole city loved the team. When I came to NC the biggest culture shock was the lack of NFL fanaticism in general. Here it's ACC basketball and NASCAR (though the Hurricanes are becoming pretty popular). I cried when Diesel broke his infamous dive in SB XVII and when JKC and ST died. To me, the Redskins are family. I can point out their horrendous mistakes and cuss them, but I'll punch anyone else who does (unless another Skin family member of course). And just like my sisters, no mater how screwed up they become, I'm there. I've missed two games since I was seven years old and been to dozens though mostly at other team's stadiums.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:06 AM   #37
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Because my parents are JERKS!!!!

For serious though - I was born in DC and grew up In MoCo where my parents and family were all rabid Skins fans. It helps that I was born a few months before Riggo's run in the Super Bowl.
I still remember being a Redskin for Halloween '87, and although I was only 5 I can still remember how crazy my family went during SBXXII.
As I mentioned here before I was luck enough to go to Art Monk's football camp the summers before and after SBXXVI. I got to meet Art, Darrell Green, Charles Mann, and a ton of other awesome players from the glory days.
I kind of feel off in the mid to late 90's before I went totally die hard during my sophomore year of college.
Ten years and MANY losses later, I'm still obsessed regardless of how much pain they cause me.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:40 AM   #38
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Re: Why are YOU a Redskins fan?

Great stories guys I'm enjoying reading them all.. Seems like most of you were born into a redskins family.. Pretty cool
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:41 AM   #39
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I am a Boston fan for everything else as my father did not give me much of a choice but he was not that big of a football fan and I lived in Bowie when I first realized what football was (think I was five or so) so I latched on then a have been hooked ever since!
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:47 AM   #40
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My Dad is a scholar of the American Frontier & knows a lot about Native American & Frontier relations. When I was young he told me in simple terms about the plight of the Indians. In the battles of Cowboys v.Indians, which were on tv a lot in the 70s, I always associated the Indians as being the good guys. That translated to football too.

The irony is that my Dad, who grew up listening to Eddie Lebaron's Skins teams on the radio, roots for the Cowboys! Ever since I was old enough to understand football - 3rd grade - my Dad & I would root against each other when watching games.

Loyal Skins fan since 77-8 season!
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:18 AM   #41
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Super Bowl XVII, specifically this moment made me a fan

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Old 11-23-2011, 09:23 AM   #42
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Really good question.....bye.

lol. JK. When I first started paying attention to FB my dad was a Balt. Colts fan. Then they packed up one night and left. So the only local team was the Skins. I think deep down my dad still always liked the Colts but he adopted the Skins because they were the local team. I simply grew up with them. I had my other favorites for odd reasons:
Vikes because of the purple
Raiders because of the pirate and black and silver
Bengals because of their new tiger striped helmets
Buccaneers because family lives in Tampa and their orange and white uni's. I liked the fluorescent orange.

But it always comes back to the Skins because they were the local team I grew up around. Through thick and thin, more thin lately then thick but their the home team.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:32 AM   #43
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Re: Why are YOU a Redskins fan?

^ I used to live in the Tampa area and ive always likes the Bucs but even when they were winning 10+ games ev year I never jumped on their bandwagon always just a skins fan
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:41 AM   #44
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:44 AM   #45
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Re: Why are YOU a Redskins fan?

Love all these stories. Excellent thread. I moved to the NVA (Loudoun) back in 74. Pretty much been a fan since again because they were the local team. But I had watched all the Skins SB's. I went to school at Broad Run which also resided in Ashburn, played in the marching band and played in one of their parades in DC when the school got invited to play. Lots of good memories associated with the Skins but lately it's killing me. I keep holding out hope they will get it right and I can be proud again to say I'm a Skin fan and be able to rub it in the other NFCE fan friends around me vs. simply rubbing in that my lowly Skin beat them.

Plus we need more trophies to catch up with Dallas, Green Bay, Pittsburg, and NE.
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