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Redskins hire Richmond Flowers III

We realize that some readers are bored with the daily updates on the minor additions to the Washington Redskins’ coaching staff. But we think the news that the Redskins have hired Richmond Flowers III as a coaching assistant is worth a few minutes of your time.

Depending on your age, you might know the name Richmond Flowers because Richmond Flowers III appeared on Hard Knocks when he was in training camp with the Dallas Cowboys. Or you might know the name because Richmond Flowers Jr. played for the Cowboys and Giants. Or you might know the name because Richmond Flowers Sr. was attorney general of Alabama in the 1960s.

Flowers Sr., who died in 2007, took courageous stands against segregation, spoke out against Governor George Wallace and prosecuted Ku Klux Klansmen for killing civil rights workers. Flowers Jr. was an outstanding athlete in both football and track who decided to attend Tennessee instead of Alabama because his father’s support of civil rights had made him an immensely unpopular man in his home state.

The Flowers family was the subject of a fascinating 1997 Sports Illustrated profile by William Nack. That profile begins with the story of Richmond Flowers Jr. contacting Duke to see about his son, Richmond Flowers III, could get a football scholarship. Flowers III got that scholarship, and although Hard Knocks viewers will recall Flowers III as a player who just didn’t quite have the physical tools to make it as a player in the NFL, he has now made it as a coach.

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7 Responses to “Redskins hire Richmond Flowers III”
  1. bearsrule says: Feb 17, 2010 1:52 PM

    When people leave a state to go to a northern bastion of hippie liberalism like Tennessee, you know you are in the heart of Crackerland.

  2. footy_29 says: Feb 17, 2010 2:19 PM

    Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen have made some very intriguing hires so far – I’m very interested to see how the Redskins respond to those changes.

  3. Mangy66 says: Feb 17, 2010 2:27 PM

    Expect another 12 minor additions to the Redskins coaching staff.

  4. Kevin from Philly says: Feb 17, 2010 2:55 PM

    And, of course, some will remeber him for his appearances on ’70’s game shows with his sassy puppet “Madame”.

  5. bake says: Feb 17, 2010 3:02 PM

    Does this mean Florio will leave Snyder alone about the Rooney Rule????
    By the way, what’s this guy gonna do????fill the hot dog carts with hot water?? What kinda coach is he gonna be????

  6. Seeryer says: Feb 17, 2010 4:29 PM

    Richmond Flowers III was a speedster. I am sure he can coach, WRs, Rbs or Special Teams. And I bet he can still run a better 40 than some skill players in DC.

  7. D1LB says: Apr 1, 2010 1:43 AM

    Richmond Flowers is a clown who has failed at everything he has tried… the only question is will he quit before he gets canned…. and f.y.i. as far as speed goes; he had very average NFL speed.

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