Looney was an immense talent, the first-round choice of the Giants in 1964. That's why so many teams took a chance on him. As a college player at Oklahoma, he had punched an assistant coach. Before coming to the Redskins, Looney had played briefly with the Colts and Lions. When Lions head coach Harry Gilmer ordered Looney to carry a play from the sideline to the quarterback, Looney refused, saying, "If you want a messenger boy, call Western Union."
Graham consulted with Jurgensen and Huff before Looney was acquired. The team even gave Huff a $1,000 bonus to room with Looney. That stopped, however, during the second year, when Looney and Huff got into a fight during practice. Not long after that, Looney was gone.
Despite all of the unhappiness with Graham, some NFL veterans look back on those Redskins teams and credit Graham for being ahead of his time offensively.