For the better part of two decades, the Washington Redskins have been a team with few highlights and even fewer wins. With only three playoff wins since 1991, the city of Washington has had little to be excited about on the gridiron.
After two unsuccessful seasons under head coach Mike Shanahan, 2012 began with an unusual buzz. The Redskins had sold the farm to acquire the second overall pick in the draft, taking Robert Griffin III and putting the hopes of the franchise on his shoulders. What commenced was nothing short of spectacular.
Not only did Washington vault to the top of the NFC East; by the end of the year, RGIII and a host of young talent had brought hope to the burgundy and gold.
For the first time in decades, Washington has something to look forward to. False hope and short term success has teased the fan base, but for a change, the next four or five years look bright for this team. 2012 ended in disappointment, but 2013 looks to be an entertaining year.
There's no question that a host of moments from this year will stay fresh in the minds of Redskins fans for a long time to come. These are the moments that defined 2012, and will help define the Redskins as they push forward into 2013.