Did you know that one of the most
beloved well-liked merely misunderstood pardoned Presidents in our nation's great history was a fan of Your Washington Redskins? (Sporting) News to me:
Relating the conversation later, Shula noted, "The President wanted to talk about our Super Bowl game with Dallas. He said that he's a Washington Redskins fan, but that he also has an interest in the Dolphins as a part-time resident of Florida (Key Biscayne).
"Mr. Nixon alerted me that the Cowboys are a real strong team, but he told me, 'I still think you can hit (Paul) Warfield on that down-and-in pattern.'"
President Nixon had much to celebrate that year as his beloved Redskins actually made it to the Super Bowl to play his beliked Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII. From above, we know that this meant Nixon's two favorite teams were actually going to battle it out for hegemony over the league. I'm sure he were morally conflicted over the outcome of that game -- if little else -- though in the end he probably rooted for the good guys.
Which wasn't enough, anyways. The Redskins lost the game 14-7. Billy Kilmer, that season's highest rated passer, didn't have the best game, throwing three picks, two of them to Super Bowl MVP Jake Scott. Read more about that here.