1973 Redskins Featuring the Over the Hill Gang
The Redskins made the playoffs in 1971 for the first time in 26 seasons and coach George Allen went for the gusto in his second season with the team. To put the team over the top, Allen adopted a method of bringing in veterans he could count. Allen’s success in Los Angeles didn’t translate into a Championship, nonetheless Allen saw fit to bring as many Rams to Washington as he could: Diron Talbert, Jack Pardee, Myron Pottios in addition to several other veterans like Speedy Duncan, John Wilbur, Rosey Taylor, Alvin Haymond, Richie Petitbon and Roy Jefferson.
Despite injuries to Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer filled in and led the NFL in TDs and passer rating while running back Larry Brown won MVP honors. The “over the hill gang,” as they were dubbed, tallied an 11–3 record, good for 1st place in the NFC East Division. They entered the playoffs strong, polishing off the defending Super Bowl champs the Cowboys and dispensing with the passing challenged Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, they were facing the Miami Dolphins, who had managed to remain undefeated by beating the Redskins 14–7. Some fans suggest that if Jurgensen had been healthy, the Redskins could have beat the Dolphins. Anyway, it would thak another 10 years for the Redskins to bring a championship to Washington.
This RetroCards set features 24 Washington Redskins cards not found in the original football card set released in 1973. This custom set features Mack Alston, Bill Brundige, Bob Brunet, George Burman, Speedy Duncan, Alvin Haymond, Ken Houston, Mike Hull, Jon Jaqua, Jimmie Jones, Sonny Jurgensen, Horold, McLinton, Clifton McNeil, Herb Mul-Key, Jack Pardee, Ray Schoenke, Manny Sistrunk, Rosey Taylor, Rusty Tillman, Ted Vactor, Sam Wyche, and NFC Champions card, and a head coach card of George Allan.