The hits keep on coming.
In the same week that Robert Griffin III had his right knee surgically repaired, Hogettes founder Michael Torbert announced the retirement of the legendary fan group.
“We decided — I decided — that we are going to retire,” Torbert told me on Friday. “After 30 seasons, I think that’s enough of guys in pig snouts and dresses. We’re still gonna be Redskins fans. Some of us will still go to games. For sure, we’ll still raise money for children’s charities, but on an incognito and individual basis.”
Torbert posted a similar statement on the group’s Web site.
“After 30 seasons, the Hogettes® are hanging up our pig snouts & dresses,” the statement read. “It has been an honor being a part of the greatest 12th Man fans in the NFL. We will forever be Redskins’ fans and cheer for our beloved team. It is a new era and we will continue to support RG3 and his teammates. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!! We will also continue to help (incognito) raise money for Children’s Charities.”
UPDATE: I spoke to one of the best-known Hogs, Joe Jacoby, about this news. Yes, this was on the same day that Jake missed out on becoming a Hall of Fame finalist, and yes, I was kind of embarrassed to be interviewing a Redskins legend about
men in dresses goofy fans, but whatever.
“That’s amazing,” Jacoby said, when I mentioned it had been 30 years. “That’s a hell of run. They took it to the next step, and the things they were able to do for children’s charities that they were involved with, it was just outstanding. I salute them. A lot of peope think it’s kind of weird to see these grown men — and it’d be even weirder if they found out where these guys work — going out on a Sunday afternoon wearing dresses and pig noses….I guess sooner or later, I hate to say it, but I guess we all have to move on.”
Jacoby, who became friends with some Hogettes off the field, also remembered when their membership started expanding.
“I thought rabbits were the ones that multiplied; didn’t know it was pigs,” he said.