In today's Rewarding Moments In Redskins History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, we look back at running back Terry Allen breaking John Riggins' single-season Redskins rushing record in 1996.
On Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, RFK Stadium opened its gates for the last time for a Redskins home game, the 229th consecutive game sold out, and fans in attendance got a special treat.
With a dozen former Redskins watching on, running back Terry Allen scored three touchdowns and gained 87 yards on 26 carries to set a Redskins single-season rushing record with 1,353 yards.
In attendance, and admiring the man who broke his record, was legendary running back John Riggins, who set the record (1,347 yards) during the 1983 season. He joined Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Art Monk during the halftime celebration along with Darrell Green, three generations of players saying goodbye to their old stomping grounds..
If there were a time for Allen to break Riggins' record, it was this game, in front of the home fans against the rival Dallas Cowboys.
Now in 2018, another one of Riggins' records may be on the verge of being broken, as running back Adrian Peterson is only two touchdowns behind Riggins on the all-time list. If Peterson does not break the record against the New Orleans Saints in Week 5, he to could give the home faithful a memorable moment in Week 6 at home against the Carolina Panthers.