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Redskins Legends: Where Are They When We Need Them?
Comments () | Published September 26, 2008
Mark Moseley
Kicker, 1974 to 1986. The last of the NFL’s straight-on kickers, Moseley holds the team record for most points scored (1,207). He lives in Middletown, Virginia, and is director of franchise development and part owner of Five Guys Burgers.

Most memorable moment?
I will always remember the way the fans and the city accept the Redskins and care about the team and the players. We are like a part of their family.

What did you learn playing football?
Perseverance. No matter what happens, don’t give up—you keep fighting.

Whom do you most respect?
Joe Gibbs has done more for Washington sports than anybody who’s ever been here. He took us all under his wing like we were his kids and taught us how to be men and how to be gentlemen and how to be respectful of other people and courageous and never give up.

Who had the biggest impact on you when you were playing?
The guys from the Over the Hill gang—the Pat Fishers, the Ron McDoles. I was young when I first came to Washington, and they taught me how to stand up for myself and really be a part of the community.
Some of my best friends were Joe Theismann and Dave Butz. They were my roommates, and we kind of lived together through those years.

I’m still close with all of those guys. You build a bond that’s never broken.

Heartbreaking loss?
When we got beat by the Raiders in the 1984 Super Bowl. It’s been argued that we might have been the best all-around football team ever in the NFL. Because we were the returning Super Bowl champs, we came in thinking that all we had to do was show up and play.

Favorite current player?
Even in his rookie year, Chris Cooley was what I call a “real Redskin,” one of those guys that through thick or thin you can depend on.

Advice for a rookie?
Embrace the fans. Embrace the organization. A lot of the kids today—there’s so much money involved that they forget there’s tradition there.

We spent a lot of years building a tradition here in Washington that’s highly respected. It’s a winning tradition, and it’s hard-nosed.

How do the Redskins become champions again?
The players don’t truly believe they can trust their teammates because they know they are here today and gone tomorrow. If they can ever learn to work for a team win instead of an individual win, they will turn the team around.

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