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Bruce Allen and the Redskins: Some Vignettes

George Allen, in my favorite Skins photo ever.

Combing through the archives to find various nuggets about Bruce Allen and the Redskins....

Sept. 30, 1973: This anecdote is too wonderful and must be told in full. I'll quote from a later Post story, written by Ken Denlinger:

The quintessential George Allen story took place the afternoon of Sept. 30, 1973, in Philadelphia, when the Redskins coach denied the identity of his own son, Bruce, rather than risk a 15-yard penalty against the Eagles.

Bruce was high-school age at the time, dressed casually and wearing a credential that restricted him to the Redskin sideline area bounded by each 35-yard line. But that game, as he frequently had before, Bruce roamed far downfield, yelling all manner of distracting advice toward the Eagle quarterback.

Finally, as Washington Post photographer Dick Darcey recalled, the referee stopped play, grabbed Bruce, escorted him back to the bench area and straight to his father, the coach.

"Is this a member of your staff?" the referee said to Allen, noting's Bruce credential. "I've no idea," Allen replied. "He must be one of those people they (the Eagles) gave us as ballboys."

"If this happens again," the referee said, "it's a 15-yard bench misconduct penalty." "Thank you," Allen said.


Bruce Allen, punting at Richmond.

July 13, 1978: The Redskins deduct expenses from deferred money owed to George Allen after he leaves to coach the Rams. This included the cost of seizing a courtesy car that Allen had lent to Bruce, who was then at the University of Richmond. Bruce Allen alleged that the Redskins claimed some of his personal items when they took the car and never returned them, despite repeated calls. So he hired his brother to file a damage suit in Fairfax Count.

The personal items, it was later revealed, included a Cowboy hat, mirror sunglasses, and a sweat suit.

April 7, 1980: While coaching the L.A. Thunderbolts of the semi-pro California Football League, Allen reveals that he has his eye on a certain ex-Skins QB.

"I'd love to have Bill Kilmer; he knows my father's system," he told The Post' s Dave Brady.

As quarterback or a coach?

"Well, I'm not going to try to coach him. Nobody ever did; he knew what to do. But I would like to have him as a coach or quarterback."

March 3, 1983: The Post profiles father George and Bruce, who together were running the Chicago Blitz of the USFL. This was the week before the Blitz met the Washington Federals in D.C. And the author, Jane Leavy, scored this quote from Bruce:

"The other day we were walking by the pool discussing waivers, having a very serious conversation. There was a player on the injured list sitting in the Jacuzzi with two girls who were drinking daiquiris. We both stopped and [my dad] said 'Oooh, there's a first,' and laughed. Ten years ago, he would have kicked the guy out of the pool and fined him."


Bruce Allen, after the SB loss to Miami.

April 25, 1989: Allen was the agent for QB Jeff Graham, who wound up with the Skins. During the draft, The Post reported, Graham and Allen went golfing, "but carried a cellular telephone in case someone selected him." Bobby Beathard called to explain that the Packers drafted Graham for the Redskins and then traded him to Washington.

Sept. 2, 1995: Allen is a personnel executive for the Raiders, and Len Shapiro writes a Raiders story as they return from L.A. to Oakland. Allen tells Shapiro that "the scene and the sounds he experienced on the night of Aug. 12 as the Raiders' team bus pulled into the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum for its first game there since a 1989 preseason game ranks right up with any thrill he ever encountered as a teenager walking the RFK sidelines many years ago.

"This was 3 1/2 hours before kickoff of a preseason game and there were 15,000 people out there yelling and screaming for us," Allen said at the time. "I've never heard anything like that before. That's when moving back to Oakland became a reality for everyone. It's RFK on a great day, maybe even better then that. These people are fanatical. When you get that kind of welcome, you feel like the troops returning from war."

Jan. 5, 2006: With the Redskins set to face Allen's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Len Shapiro profiles the younger Allen. In the story, Allen praises John Riggins and Dave Butz, and Shapiro reports that "Even now, George Allen's "Future Is Now" mantra flashes on a screensaver on Bruce Allen's office computer ."

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 17, 2009; 2:18 PM ET
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You should have been there Dan. The future was now and "Dallas Week" meant something. Gibbs took was George started and ran with it. Too bad the Danny never got it. Maybe with Bruce to explain it all to him, he will.

Posted by: adhardwick | December 17, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

41-Mike Bass
23-Brig Owens
89-Verlon Biggs
Coach Allen
80-Roy Jefferson
58-George Burman
87-Jerry Smith

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 17, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

George Allen was always my favorite Redskins coach, and yes I put him above Gibbs and Lambardi. He put the Redskins/Cowboys rivalry at its apex. He just made football alot of fun. George loved the game and he loved to win so much ... even to a fault.

Posted by: cirrus_nine | December 17, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I remember well. "The Future is Now." George Allen had everyone saying that.

One thing I cannot comprehend here:
"Bobby Beathard called to explain that the Packers drafted Graham for the Redskins and then traded him to Washington."

Posted by: kls1 | December 17, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

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