Greater Washington
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Edwin Bernard Kahn

Edwin Bernard Kahn

Sport: Football
Category: Athlete
Primary Team: Washington Redskins
Year Inducted: 2013

Eddie Kahn, one of the original eleven Redskins who made the famous goal-line stand against the Giants there on the 1-yard line in Griffith Stadium in the opening game of the 1937 season. That night when the Washington Redskins were born.  One of the founding members of the Washington Redskins, Edwin (Eddie) Bernard Kahn was born in New York City in 1911. Nicknamed “King Kong” in his years as a guard for the North Carolina Tar Heels, he was All-Southern Conference in 1933-34 and Jewish All American in 1934. Kahn joined the Boston Redskins in 1935. He won a starting position in the 1936 season, and helped the team to their first winning season and the Eastern Division title. Kahn was selected to the 1936 all-NFL 2nd team, and in 1937 the Redskins and Kahn moved to Washington. With the addition of Sammy Baugh, the team improved their regular season record to 8-3 and beat the Chicago Bears to win the NFL championship. Kahn played in 10 games, notably scoring a touchdown on a fumble recovery. Kahn retired from football at the end of the 1938 season. Kahn served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army infantry in World War II. He was wounded in the invasion of Kwajalein, and died of wounds incurred in the invasion of Leyte in the Philippines on February 17, 1945.

Of blessed memory.

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