Green’s Goodbye: Darrell Green concludes his 20th and final season as the Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 20-14 at FedExField. During his 20 seasons, he set a NFL record for consecutive seasons with at least one interception (19) and a Washington Redskins team record for regular season games played (295) and started (258).
Back to Ashburn: Washington Redskins return training camp to their year-round facility, Washington Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.
Kickoff ‘03: Washington Redskins host the NFL season opener at FedExField, defeating the New York Jets 16-13, thanks to a last-minute field goal by ex-Jets kicker John Hall. The week’s festivities included a concert on the National Mall prior to kickoff.
Smith’s Sacks: Defensive end Bruce Smith sacks New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer in the fourth quarter, recording his 199th career sack and breaking Reggie White’s all-time NFL mark. (Smith would finish the season with 200 career sacks.)
Gibbs Returns: Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs returns to coach the Washington Redskins after an 11-year hiatus.
Blockbuster Trade: The Washington Redskins completed a trade with Denver, sending Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey and a second-round draft choice to the Broncos for Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis.
Milestone 500: In Joe Gibbs' first game back as head coach, the Washington Redskins defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10, notching the 500th regular season win in franchise history. It was also Gibbs' 125th regular season win as Washington Redskins head coach, making him responsible for a full one-quarter of the franchise's 500 wins.