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PHOTOS: Redskins Super Bowl Programs Through The Years

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With the start of Super Bowl 50 week, ESPN put together a collection of all 50 Super Bowl gameday program covers in history. It's pretty cool.

In recent years, the covers have become rather predictable – the Lombardi Trophy sits in the center of the composition, while the backdrop is usually the stadium where the game is played.

Not typically the case in the 1970s and 1980s, however. Take a look at the five programs featuring the Redskins. Which one is your favorite?

Super Bowl VII

Jan. 14, 1973

Washington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins

You almost feel ready to jump into the movie "Tron" with this cover. What's amazing about it is that there's probably no way you can tell who is actually playing in this game based on the images alone, or even where it's being held. This feels like a Super Bowl in the future. Or one of those electronic, magnetic football board games.

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Super Bowl XVII

Jan 30, 1983

Washington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins

We definitely have made the jump into the 1980s. Just look at all those pastel pinks and neon blues and oranges. The Rose Bowl is meant to portray a movie palace with spotlights and a marquee. That Lombardi trophy looks like it's ready to party.

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Super Bowl XVIII

Jan. 22, 1984

Washington Redskins vs. Los Angeles Raiders

This might be the best Super Bowl cover of them all. So many birds, so little time. I'm not exactly sure how this relates to Tampa Bay, but there's also room for the stadium, Disney World and the ocean (or Gulf). There's also a clown in the bottom right corner and an elephant next to a tiger, which is jumping over a pond. This artist must have been given free reign with his colored pencils. Go Toucans!

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Super Bowl XXII

Jan. 31, 1988

Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos

I've still yet to determine exactly what this white gate with bell towers represents (I'm sorry if it's obvious San Diegans). In the background you can spot Jack Murphy Stadium (later known as Qualcomm) along with some palm trees and vegetable fields or vineyards. And look at that crystal blue sky. That's more San Diego than anything.

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Super Bowl XXVI

Jan. 26, 1992

Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills

The Redskins' last appearance in the Super Bowl came in Minneapolis under the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. As this cover indicates, it was cold, and poor Lombardi was frozen into some icicles. It's so cold that nobody is out on the roads or skating on the lakes. Which, let's be honest is probably the only unrealistic thing in this cover. Also, what a sky! 

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