Zach Messitte analyzes downward spiral of his hometown football team, the Washington Football Team

“Considering their NFL teams, it’s even farther from Green Bay to Washington, D.C., than you think,” an opinion piece by President Zach Messitte, appeared Oct. 22, 2021, in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper.

Ahead of Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Football Team, Messitte laments the downward spiral of his hometown team after Daniel Snyder purchased it in 1999.

“From cutting down 130 trees so he could have a better view of the Potomac River from his mansion to the sexual harassment of the team’s cheerleaders to completely misreading the shifting national zeitgeist about the team’s former nickname, the Redskins, Snyder may hold the title for the worst owner in professional sports,” Messitte writes.

“Green Bay fans don’t know how lucky they are to have had solid leadership on and off the field for so long. The Packers’ long time president, Mark Murphy, a Georgetown University Law School grad, was also the co-captain of the 1982 Washington team that won Super Bowl XVII. Several years ago, I told him that my friends and I still talk about him and his teammates John Riggins, Art Monk and Dexter Manley all these years later. Those memories help connect me to my hometown childhood, but awful ownership, terrible decision-making and losing season upon losing season will impact the franchise for years to come.”

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