The Washington Redskins have compiled quite a bit of history in their 84 years of existence, and one man's released a book that documents it all.
Wayde Byard, public information officer for Loudoun County Public Schools, has recently published “The Burgundy and Gold Standard,” which, as Byard says, started out as a "little football book," but quickly turned into one of his more challenging works.
"These are stories every fan should know about the Washington Redskins and a few your father wouldn't tell you," as the book description reads. "It's the definitive account of the men (and at least one strong-willed woman) who created and defined a team that has captivated millions for more than eighty years."
Byard has a sports background, having been a reporter who covered sports, in addition to crime, schools and government. Byard's been with the school system since 2000.
Byard says he's went through countless numbers of newspaper and magazine articles, game summaries along with interviews he's conducted with former NFL players, in order to put together his book.
"I wrote this book for the true fan who wants to know more than the latest hot topic on sports radio," Byard said. "To me, the history of the NFL is really the history of America during the past century. Race, class warfare, gender politics, the rise of the electronic media is all there for anyone who takes the time to look."
Byard will have a book launch party and book signing along with Ann Lambert Good, author of "Washington Nationals A to Z," and Andrea Alexander, author of "Sports Biographies: Trent Williams," and "Sports Biographies: Bryce Harper."
The event will take place from 5-7 p.m on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at the Hail&Hog Kitchen and Tap at One Loudoun. Glory Days Live will have a silent auction and raffle, with proceeds benefitting Loudoun kids who aren't able to participate in sports.
"The Burgundy and Gold Standard" can be purchased for $20 at www.mascotbooks.com.