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Redskins HOF running back Cliff Battles (1932-37)

EXCERPT: When Cliff Battles’ name surfaces among those familiar with stars from the NFL’s early years, the issue often becomes why. Why did Redskins owner George Preston Marshall refuse to grant the running back’s request for a salary increase after the 1937 season? Battles, then 28, was at the height of his Hall of Fame career. He’d just earned his second of two NFL rushing titles and third All-Pro honor, and he established himself as a cog on a 1937 Redskins team that won the NFL title in its first season in Washington. He’d rushed for 3,542 yards in only six seasons – huge numbers in that era.

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