WASHINGTON - Over a year ago, the Washington Redskins were a struggling team headed towards a 4-12 season and another last place finish in the NFC East. The team’s losing ways became so depressing that many fans wondered what they truly had to look forward to in the future.
On Nov. 16, 2014, the Redskins were on their way to another disappointing 27-7 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that would end up winning only two games that year, tied for the worst record in the NFL.
It was that afternoon that our own Tony Perkins expressed his extreme displeasure of the state of his favorite NFL team, and after 45+ years as a fan, he was fed up and done with them.
The Washington Redskins are the worst team in football. Period. They don't deserve the undying loyalty that we the fans give them.— Tony Perkins (@TonyPerkinsFOX5) November 16, 2014
We Redskins fans should stop buying tickets, stop buying the merchandise, etc. What do we get for it? Heartache, drama, sub-par play.— Tony Perkins (@TonyPerkinsFOX5) November 16, 2014
And before you start to argue with me, please know that I have been a loyal Redskins fan for 40 years. I am NOT a fairweather fan.— Tony Perkins (@TonyPerkinsFOX5) November 16, 2014
Since beating the Cowboys to win the division at the end of 2012, the Redskins have gone 6 and 20. It'll be 6 and 21 after today.— Tony Perkins (@TonyPerkinsFOX5) November 16, 2014
Those of you who continue to support the Redskins problem-plagued organization, I sincerely wish you the best. I've loved them. But I'm OUT.— Tony Perkins (@TonyPerkinsFOX5) November 16, 2014
But a lot of things have changed in the 14 months since then. The team hired a new general manager, made some very shrewd signings, had a full load of draft picks for the first time in years, and named Kirk Cousins the starting quarterback over incumbent Robert Griffin III. The changes led the Redskins to a 9-7 record, a division title and their first playoff appearance for the first time in three years.
The Redskins bandwagon is loading up again, and guess what? Tony Perkins is ready to say it again: “Hail to the Redskins!”
He posted on his Facebook page Thursday night why he’s decided to come back to support the team again: