A Hog at Harry Grove Stadium
*WEDNESDAY UPDATE: The hog snouts have arrived. Be one of the first 600 in the gates to get yours Saturday, then meet the Hog himself, Joe Jacoby.
Get your sundresses, wigs and garden hats ready. We’ll provide the pig noses (to the first 600 fans).
Yes, former Hog and Washington Redskins great Joe Jacoby will be in attendance for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against Potomac, which will serve as our annual Salute to the Gridiron Night. He’ll be signing autographs from about 6-8 that night and all Hogettes (see picture above) are more than welcome to attend.
As I mentioned in the second sentence of this post, we’ll be giving away free hog snouts to the first 600 fans in the gates, which open at 5 p.m. More on Joe Jacoby below and you can get your tickets here. Read the press release here.
*If you need a Joe Jacoby reminder, it’s probably best to start with the what is maybe the greatest play in Redskins history:
It’s 1983, 4th and 1 in the 4th Quarter of Super Bowl XVII and the Redskins trail 17-13. The play call, “70 Chip,” a handoff to John Riggins right behind Jacoby, the left tackle:
Note how Jacoby blows his man off the line and flattens him, clearing the way as the rest of the ‘Skins hold their blocks. A good article on the play was published last in 2012 in The Sporting News. Jacoby’s quote in the story:
“I didn’t know (Riggins scored) until I looked up and saw him down in the end zone, because I was in the bottom of the pile in the mass of humanity that was all piled up there,” Jacoby says.
More footage of Jacoby and the Hogs blasting holes in the Dolphins’ defensive front.
*Things to know about Joe Jacoby:
- He went undrafted out of Louisville in 1981 and signed with the Redskins as a free agent that year
- An offensive tackle for essentially his entire career, Jacoby played all 13 years with Washington, winning Super Bowls in 1983, 1988 and 1992
- He was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl in four consecutive seasons (1983-86) as a left tackle
- Named an All-Pro in ’83 and ’84
- Selected to the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team
- One of 45 players, coaches and owners that have been inducted into the Redskins Ring of Fame at FedEx Field
- Nickname during playing days was “Jake”
- One of the original five Washington offensive linemen that became known as The Hogs, a dominant, bruising group that cleared the way for the Redskins’ rushing attack and protected quarterbacks Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien in the early ’80s through the early ’90s
- Jacoby helped lead the way on John Riggins’ iconic touchdown run in Super Bowl XVII, in which the Redskins set a Super Bowl rushing record, one they would break five years later in Super Bowl XXII
- Retired from the NFL in 1993 and currently coaches the offensive line at John Handley High School in Winchester, Va.\
*Did you know that after 30 years, the Hogettes retired in January?
See you Saturday. Shake your Keys. And Hail.