Theismann says going away will make the Redskins a closer team
RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann spent much of Monday afternoon praising the city of Richmond for hosting training camp.
"I was floored. I thought, 'this is classy.' And the proximity to I-95 makes it tremendously easy for fans," said Theismann.
But the principal reason he sees the Redskins move to Richmond being an advantageous one, is the camaraderie that teams build away from home. Theismann spent a portion of his interview reflecting on some of those times.
"The foundation of where 'The Hogs' were created was really sitting around a table with a bunch a longneck beers, just talking about the game and having a good time," said Theismann about his times at Redskins training camp in Carlisle, Pa.
Laughing over beers was just one part of the companionship built along the way by the Super Bowl winning Redskins teams of the 80's. Hazing and pranks were common on a nightly basis. Theismann described the last night of training camp as "heck night," in the dormitories.
"We used to set up giant, big water cans so when a guy opened a door it would flood his room. We took fire extinguishers and fired them underneath doors," laughed Theismann about his glory NFL days.
Head coach Joe Gibbs was not a big fan of all these wild antics going on, but he let them do their own thing, for the most part. One night Gibbs had enough and made his quarterback take responsibility.
"I remember being woken up at 3 o'clock in the morning, having to clean three floors of what everybody else did," recalled Theismann.
Theismann doesn't envision Robert Griffin III being a ring leader of this sort of mischief, but he does see the Redskins succeeding again in 2013.
"I think they're as good as any team in the NFC. And I think they're as good as any team in football. The foundation has now been laid for this football team to go forward," said Theismann.