Chapter 4, Page 125

Mike Nelms
A valuable import: Mike Nelms, here returning a punt for a touchdown as Terry Metcalf (26) peels back to cut off pursuers, was an import from the Canadian Football League who made the Pro Bowl the first three years after joining the Redskins.
(The Washington Post)

They certainly didn't go back to it in 1982. "That second year was like a miracle," Gibbs remarked.

Many people contributed to that miracle, not least The Hogs on the offensive line. No nickname was better. The Hogs inspired goofy costumes and made even prim-and-proper people dream of being in the slop with them. More importantly, they became a powerful, cohesive unit that provided holes for Riggins and protection for Theismann.

The original members were starting tackles Jacoby and Starke, guards Grimm and May, center Bostic, reserves Fred Dean and Ron Saul and tight ends Don Warren and Rick Walker. Riggins campaigned to get in and eventually was admitted as an Honorary Hog.

During training camp, Joe Bugel had begun what evolved into the Hogs by looking at his offensive line, which had been a weak link in 1980, and trying to figure out what to do with it. "A few of us were slightly overweight, but we carried it well," Grimm said with a laugh. Among other things, Bugel ended up making T-shirts with a pig's head on them, and they become a uniform of honor.

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