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Redskins’ 1937 Trophy Recovered From Trash

March 2, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Redskins recovered some past glory when team’s 1937 NFL championship trophy was recovered from the trash.

Mike McCall, the team’s media relations director, saw the trophy in the trash after the storage room was cleaned out in preparation for major league soccer coming to Robert F. Kennedy stadium this spring.

``I had seen it in that room six years ago or so, but I thought it was just a replica and I forgot about it,″ McCall told The Washington Times. ``But when I saw it in the trash, I knew I couldn’t let it be thrown out.″ knew I couldn’t let it be thrown out.″

He took it to Redskin Park in suburban Ashburn, Va., and called Joe Horrigan, curator of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

They determined that McCall had the real McCoy.

It was restored to its brilliant silver shine, with the protective golden covering removed. And a jeweler re-welded the ornamental player found inside to the outside of the trophy, where it belonged. Now it rests alongside Washington’s three Super Bowl prizes inside a locked display case in the Redskin Park lobby.

The trophy was awarded after a 28-21 victory over the Chicago Bears in 1937.

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