5 Interesting Facts About the Washington Commanders

The Washington Commanders have seen a few things. As one of the oldest franchises in the NFL, the Commanders have been doing it since 1932, when they were founded as the Boston Braves.

The following year the team changed its name to the Redskins and eventually relocated to D.C. in 1937. Since then, the Commanders have played in five home stadiums, made 25 postseason appearances, and won three Super Bowls.

With more than 1,200 games under their belt, you can bet there will be a few stories and a fair share of interesting facts.

As we gear up for what is hoped to be the Commanders’ first winning season since 2016, let’s explore a few random tidbits that have shaped the team’s character through the years.

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1. One Commanders Receiving Record is Held by Someone not Named Art Monk

You’re forgiven if you thought that Art Monk holds every receiving record in Commanders’ history because, let’s face it, there haven’t been that many household names at wideout in Washington.

While Monk is far and away the team’s all-time leading receiver, the honor of most receiving yards in a single game goes to Anthony Allen. What? You don’t know who Anthony Allen is? That’s probably because he played in 45 career games and had a grand total of 767 receiving yards.

But on one fateful day in 1987, Allen hauled in eight catches for 255 yards 33% of his career total and three touchdowns.

2. A Player Once Ran the Wrong Way Into the End Zone Giving the Other Team a Safety

We’ve all struggled with our sense of direction from time to time, but on Oct. 16, 1938, in a game in Detroit, Washington halfback Andy Farkas took it to a new level.

Early in a scoreless game, Farkas fielded a kickoff, presumably had a blackout, and ran in the wrong direction through his own endzone for a safety giving the Lions a 2-0 lead.

Farkas atoned for the blunder late in the game by scoring the team’s only touchdown and leading Washington to a 7-5 victory.

3. The First NFL Team With a Marching Band and Fight Song

The Commanders are one of two teams (Baltimore Ravens) in the NFL to have a marching band. Aptly named ‘The Washington Commanders Marching Band,’ the group was founded in 1937 and is the oldest marching band in the NFL.

From 1937 to 2019, the band performed its fight song ‘Hail to the Redskins’ after each touchdown scored at the home stadium. The marching band went into obscurity after the team’s name change in 2020 but has been reincarnated this year for Washington’s first season as the Commanders.

4. The Commanders Have an All-Time Losing Record but Have the fifth Most Wins in NFL History

Looking at Washington’s record in its history will really let you know if you’re a glass-half-empty or half-full type of person.

The Commanders have an all-time losing record of 617-622-28 (bad!), but they also have the fifth most wins in NFL history (great!).

No matter how you look at it, the Commanders are one of five NFL teams with 600 or more wins. That’s something, right?

5. The Curious Story of the Hogettes

The NFL is known for its colorful fanbase. From the Cheeseheads in Green Bay to the Black Hole in Raiders Nation to the Jets’ Fireman Ed.

But it’s hard to imagine anything more colorful than the Hogettes, a loyal group of Commanders faithful that dressed in drag and wore pig noses to home games for nearly 30 years.

Founder Michael Tolbert came up with the idea after Halloween one year and recruited a group of brave souls to don party hats, dresses, and pig snouts (and ode to The Hogs) to a home game on Nov. 27, 1983. The rest is history.

The group of men became fixtures at not just home games, but also charity events in the city, often attending up to 100 per year. They officially retired in 2012, but Tolbert and two other Hogettes have been immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as “Ultimate” fans.

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Ryan Hagen

Ryan Hagen is a freelance writer for Maryland Sharp. He’s spent most of his career writing in roles that have ranged from copywriter at a boutique ad agency to corporate communications at a large oil firm. His true passion is sports, and he’s now been writing in the sports gaming industry for the last couple of years. He enjoys sports betting and usually bets a little too much when he loses and not quite enough when he wins.