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Longtime Redskins Fan Carletha "Nana" West Celebrates 107th Birthday


Carletha "Nana" West was born in North Carolina on July 18, 1912 -- about eight years before the founding of the NFL.

She then moved to Washington D.C. in 1931, and about six years later the Redskins relocated from Boston and became her hometown team.

West, who loved sports growing up, was hooked.

"I just fell in love with the Redskins," said West, who turned 107 on Thursday. "Baseball also, but mainly the Redskins. They were my favorite team."

On the other end of that conversation was Redskins president Bruce Allen. Allen and Voice of the Redskins Larry Michael were among those at Brandywine Living in Alexandria to celebrate the birthday of perhaps the team's oldest fan.

Wearing a Redskins shirt and holding burgundy and gold pom-poms, West recounted the early days of her fanhood, which included watching Hall of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh in the 1940s.

Her favorite quarterback was Sonny Jurgensen, who starred in Washington from 1964 to 1974. That prompted Allen to bring up Billy Kilmer, who beat out Jurgensen in a classic quarterback battle in 1972. "I liked Billy, too," she said.

"There you go," Allen responded before addressing the crowd. "Is she a great ambassador or what?"

As a birthday present, Allen gave West a one-of-a-kind jersey on behalf of the organization. It was one of the Redskins' burgundy home uniforms, but with "Nana" and "107" embroidered on the back.

"Oh wow, this is gorgeous," West exclaimed upon seeing the gift. "I love it. Thank you so much."

Moments later, though, her demeanor shifted and her true fandom began to show.

"So are we going to have a good year this year?"

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