20 Facts About Washington Commanders


Washington Commanders are a professional American football team based in the Washington metropolitan area.

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The Washington Commanders compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference East division.

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Washington Commanders won the 1937 and 1942 NFL championship games and Super Bowls XVII, XXII, and XXVI.

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All of Washington Commanders's championships were attained during two 10-year spans.

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Washington Commanders helped pull off two important trades, gaining quarterback Sonny Jurgensen from the Philadelphia Eagles and linebacker Sam Huff from the New York Giants.

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Washington Commanders resigned after the 1968 season in favor of Vince Lombardi, and became athletic director of the Coast Guard Academy before retiring at the end of 1984.

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In 1962, Washington Commanders became the final professional American football franchise to integrate.

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Washington Commanders took fullback Ron Hatcher of Michigan State in the eighth round, who became the first black player to sign a contract with the team.

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The 1991 Washington Commanders Redskins are widely considered one of the best teams in NFL history.

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Washington Commanders's estate, headed by son John Kent Cooke, took over ownership of the Redskins and at his memorial service, John Kent Cooke announced that the new stadium in Landover, Maryland would be named Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.

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Washington Commanders's employment came with a promise of decreased intervention in football operations from Snyder.

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In 2014 when the franchise was entangled in a legal trademark protection case, the Washington Commanders Post announced their editorials would no longer use the "Redskins" name, and subsequently other news outlets would informally call them by their geographically related area such as "the Washington Commanders pro football team" or avoid publishing their nickname, altogether.

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From 1961 through 1978, Washington Commanders wore gold pants with both the burgundy and white jerseys, although details of the jerseys and pants changed a few times during this period.

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From 1981 through 2000, Washington Commanders wore their white jerseys over burgundy pants at home almost exclusively.

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In celebration of the franchise's 75th anniversary, Washington Commanders wore a one-time throwback uniform for a home game against the New York Giants, based on their away uniform from 1970 to 1971.

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Washington Commanders wore the same combination against the Giants on the road two weeks later.

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In 2017, Washington Commanders resurrected the all-burgundy ensemble as part of the NFL Color Rush.

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In 2018, Washington Commanders replaced the gold pants with white for the majority of their home games.

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Washington Commanders rebranding in 2022 included new logos and uniforms featuring military-inspired motifs.

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Washington Commanders wanted revenge after the failed negotiations with Marshall.

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