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The 5 O’Clock Club: The colors and logos of the Washington Redskins

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

Washington Redskins v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The 5 o’clock club is published several times per week during the season, and aims to provide a forum for reader-driven discussion at a time of day when there isn’t much NFL news being published. Feel free to introduce topics that interest you in the comments below.

I thought we might enjoy a brief interlude away from all the drama of coach firings, silent owners and bumbling team presidents today.

As I surfed the internet last week in search of something else, I came across the image below of Redskins helmets through the years. The first two are fairly simple from the early years of the NFL, but the 1956 helmet is one that I had never seen before, with a white feather and a red tip painted up the back of the helmet. This helmet was used for about a decade until it was replaced by the spear helmet that I associate with the Billy & Sonny era.

The R-in-a-circle logo is the one I like the least, and it was pretty short-lived.

As we know, Vince Lombardi retired from the championship Green Bay Packers and then became Head Coach and part owner of the Washington Redskins in 1969. One of the things Lombardi did besides make the Redskins a winning team his first year was to change the Redskins helmet design from a spear to an “R.” In Green Bay, the Packers had a simple “G” on their helmet so Lombardi put his mark on the Redskins with the “R” as part of the new look, winning Washington Redskins.

Unfortunately, Vince Lombardi had cancer and passed away in 1970. In 1971, the Washington Redskins hired successful Los Angeles Rams Head Coach George Allen, Jr. In an effort to make his mark on the Redskins immediately and not liking the Lombardi “R” on the helmets, George Allen instituted a change. With the help of Native American chiefs and their approval, the current Redskins logo design on the helmets was created.

Source: Yahoo.sports

Here’s a look at some uniform combinations that the ‘Skins have worn in recent and not-so-recent years:

Burgundy jersey over gold pants

Burgundy over gold — 1933 home uniform



1970s throwback

NFL 70th anniversary throwback

The aborted “color rush” uniform

The Redskins wore all-burgundy in their only “color rush” game in lieu of the all-gold the league had chosen for them.

Redskins uniforms through the decades

The following images are from
1938 - Sammy Baugh
1941 - Sammy Baugh
1952 - Eddie Lebaron & Charley Justice
1959 - Don Bosseler in all white uniform with “feather” helmet
1962 - Bobby Mitchell in white over burgundy with “feather” helmet
1964 - Charley Taylor in white over gold with ‘feather’ helmet
1967 - Redskins receiver John Love
1967 - Sonny Jurgenson
1970 - Pat Fischer
1970 - Larry Brown
1973 - Charley Taylor
1973 - Billy Kilmer
1982 - John Riggins
1992 - Jim Lachay
1995 - Burgundy over white
2005 - Clinton Portis
2005 - all white
2012 - Kedric Golston in a “throwback” uniform
2012 - Richard Crawford, white over gold


Which helmet do you like the best?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    The "feather"
    (40 votes)
  • 38%
    The "spear"
    (176 votes)
  • 11%
    The "R"
    (55 votes)
  • 41%
    The current logo
    (190 votes)
461 votes total Vote Now


Pick your favorite uniform combination

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Burgundy over gold
    (152 votes)
  • 4%
    White over gold
    (20 votes)
  • 24%
    Burgundy over white
    (104 votes)
  • 11%
    All burgundy
    (47 votes)
  • 14%
    All white
    (63 votes)
  • 3%
    The all-gold color rush uniform
    (13 votes)
  • 5%
    Something else (show us a picture in the comments)
    (25 votes)
424 votes total Vote Now