Visiting Old Friends Marchibroda, Brooks

You’re never far from home, even sitting in the lower bowl of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Earlier on Twitter, we celebrated our coverage of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine by asking Redskins Nation to identify the former Washington Redskins coach and player immortalized in the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor.

Speedy typists Shaun Wood and David Heyman were all over that:

As promised, each got a retweet and a follow from the Redskins’ official handle. But who are Bill Brooks and Ted Marchidbroda?

Funny you should ask:

Theodore “Ted” Joseph Marchibroda was an NFL lifer, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals before becoming the Redskins offensive coordinator in 1972 under George Allen.

He managed the offense for the franchise’s first Super Bowl team, a losing effort to the undefeated Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII.

During his three seasons at the helm of the Redskins’ offense, the unit did not finish worse than seventh among 26 NFL teams.

The Redskins also did not finish below 10-4, launching Marchibroda into a long coaching career that would lead to head coaching gigs with the Baltimore Colts (1975-1979), Indianapolis Colts (1992-1995) and Baltimore Ravens (1996-1998).

Regardless, he still remains true to his colors, and joins his fellow Redskins Alumni for Homecoming Weekend when he can:

Which brings us to William “Bill” T. Brooks, Jr.

Fun Fact: Ted Marchibroda took over as head coach for the Indianapolis Colts in 1992, Bill Brooks’ final season playing in Indy.

Best known as an Indianapolis Colt, Brooks was a receiver that closed out his solid NFL career in Washington, eclipsing 8,000 career receiving yards with the burgundy and gold in 1996.

Two years later, he became the first Colts player to be honored in the Colts Ring of Honor. Pretty cool.

At last check, he was the Executive Director of Administration for the Colts front office, but for people around here, he’ll always be a member of the Washington Redskins.


ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.