George Allen, Roger Staubach & The Trash-Bag Incident
George Allen’s career as the head coach of the Washington Redskins will be forever remembered as much for his “Over The Hill Gang” teams as for his unrelenting disdain for the Dallas Cowboys.
Allen loved to hate the Cowboys, and would stoop to almost anything in trying to beat them. He once rented a hotel near the Cowboys’ old Forest Lane practice facility so scouts could spy on Cowboy practice sessions. On another occasion, he had the hot water turned off for the Cowboys’ postgame showers at the old RFK Stadium.
Allen especially despised Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach, whose squeaky-clean image and uncanny instincts had him among the game’s most celebrated players. So strong was Allen’s scorn for Staubach that it continued even after his days in Washington were over.
At his very first mini-camp practice as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams in 1978, Allen was seen dragging a trash-bag tied at the top. When questioned about its contents, Allen said, “You know what’s in this trash bag? I’ll tell you… Roger Staubach is in this bag and we’re going to keep him there all year.”