After three decades of supporting the Washington Redskins with dresses, pig snouts, and crazy hats, the Hogettes have announced their retirement.
The Hogettes were a group of 12 Redskins fans who dressed up to support their favorite NFL team and to raise money for charity.
They attended their first Redskins game as a unit on November 27, 1983 in full costume, but then added the pig snouts in reference to the nickname of the Redskins offensive line players, “the Hogs.”
The Hogettes became fixtures at Redskins home games both at RFK Stadium and their current home of FedEx Field. They have made over 100 appearances each year for charitable events and have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as “ultimate” Redskins fans.
When they announced their retirement, they said they’ll still be Redskins fans and will continue to help raise money for charities, but are done dressing up.
Michael Torbert, also known as “Boss Hogette”, told the Washington Post:
“30 seasons is enough of guys in pig snouts and dresses.”
Redskins legend Joe Jacoby, the best-known of the Hogs, was astounded by the longevity of the Hogettes and told the Washington Post:
“That’s amazing, that’s a hell of a 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.”
Images courtesy of Google Images