We couldn’t get enough football last month, so it is going to be all about football, again! Super Bowl football … REDSKINS football. Don’t miss this Alexandria Sportsman’s Club decade’s long tradition of REDSKINS Night – Everyone is welcome to join us UPSTAIRS at the Old Dominion Boat Club on 1 King Street in Old Town.
We have a great program lined up. The reception will begin at 6:30PM with complimentary drinks and snacks provided by Donnie Simpson of Simpson Development.
Next, we’ll recognize the performance of three outstanding football players:
- Dontiez Alston, Titans Youth Football, Alexandria RecreationDept;
- Colson Jenkins, Senior, TCW, Defensive Back and Receiver;
- Jesse Meyler, Senior, EHS, Offensive Tackle.
It is about time we recognize some of the guys “up front.” I look forward to honoring Jesse Meyler’s performance, as well as the other great football players … Dontiez and Colson! Also, we are honored to have EHS Head Football Coach Panos Voulgaris attend our meeting and participate in Jesse’s recognition. EHS is currently undefeated coming off another great victory over Bullis.
Next up is our feature speaker, one of the 80 greatest REDSKINS of all time: Roy Jefferson. Roy will provide us the opportunity to hear his keys to success, those things that put him in the Super Bowl twice and that remain relevant today. Come with your questions for Roy and let’s have fun!
Last up is the REDSKINS Night tradition of complimentary chili dinner provided by our local favorite, Hard Times Café. Sounds great as the Fall weather rolls in.
Bring a friend … spend a little time enjoying local sports history and fellowship … and a little time recognizing our outstanding local athletes. Learn more about our non-profit organization that provides financial scholarships to our local youth at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club.
Look forward to seeing you,
John R. Duke
Roy Jefferson was one of the best receivers in the league in his 12-year career, catching 451 passes for 7,539 yards and 52 scores. Playing in D.C. from 1971 to 1976, he caught 208 passes for 3,119 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was a consistent threat who helped increase the Redskins’ level of success during the historic era of Coach George Allen, when they went to the playoffs five times, including an appearance in Super Bowl VII.
“He was a hard-nosed receiver whose only goal was to catch the ball no matter where it was,” Mike Bass, a Redskin cornerback who teamed with Jefferson for five seasons. “He was absolutely fantastic, and I don’t think he ever got the credit he deserved.”
Roy Jefferson was chosen as one of the 10 new names who are part of the Redskins’ 80 Greatest team announced in honor of the franchise’s 80th anniversary. It was a just reward for a man who was a key performer in D.C.
He played his first five seasons in Pittsburgh, leading the NFL in receiving yards in 1968 and setting a team-record for catches the next year (67), before going to Baltimore, where he caught 45 passes in 1970 and earned a ring when the Colts beat the Cowboys, 16-13, in Super Bowl V.
New Redskins coach George Allen, who had a keen eye for veteran talent, traded his top draft pick in 1971 plus two draft choices in exchange for the 6-2, 195-pound Jefferson.
Jefferson knew Allen was a conservative, defensive-oriented coach. But he was eager to play for a man who had transformed the Rams into an NFL powerhouse in the 1960s.
“I knew he was a winner, a thorough coach,” Jefferson said. “Many people think that just because you’re a receiver or you play offense that you want to go to an offensive-oriented team. That wasn’t the case. You always want to have the opportunity to perform and, indeed, my opportunities decreased when I came here to Washington.
In Washington, Jefferson failed to match the huge numbers from earlier in his career, although he trailed only Redskins legend Charley Taylor in receptions and receiving yards during his six-year stay in D.C.
His best year was 1971, when he posted team-highs of 47 catches and 701 receiving yards, while becoming the Redskins’ primary receiver after Taylor suffered a season-ending injury in the fifth game. Jefferson made the Pro Bowl that season for the third and final time and earned All-NFC honors.
In perhaps his greatest game ever, he caught eight passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-24 win over the Rams in Allen’s much-hyped return to L.A. on Dec. 13, 1971. That victory clinched the Redskins’ first playoff berth since 1945.
He snatched three touchdowns in the playoffs, including a 32-yarder from Kilmer in a 1972 game against the Packers that lifted the Redskins to a 7-3 lead in their 16-3 win, Washington’s first postseason victory in 30 years.
Jefferson also caught a few eyes off the field. When ostentatious clothing was in vogue in the 1970s, he was the Redskins’ Mr. Flamboyance. He wore pink, orange and lavender jumpsuits, bell-bottom pants, colorful velvet hats and a bag over his shoulder that resembled a purse.
Late in his career, Jefferson starred in an action movie called “Brotherhood of Death,” a story about three African-American men who left their small southern hometown to join the U.S. Army and fight in the Vietnam War. They later returned to the U.S. and took up racial injustices prevalent in their hometown. Nearly the entire film was shot in Montgomery County, MD.
The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club, founded in 1947, is a non-profit and civic organization. Our sole purposes are to support local high school athletics and to recognize the achievements of our young athletes on the field and in the classroom. The sportsman’s club membership meets at the Old Dominion Boat Club on the third Tuesday of each month, where we gather in the fellowship of others with a shared interest in promoting competitive and recreational youth activities in Alexandria. We also present an Athlete of the Month Award recognizing a student-athlete selected from one of our four high schools. At each meeting a prominent speaker is featured. All meetings also feature drinks and snacks provided by the Sportsman’s Club, as well as a community dinner following the award presentation and the speaker. Please join us in helping to recognize and support our community’s youth athletes!
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