Earlier this week, the NBC Sports Washington's family and the Redskins community lost a great friend.
On Tuesday Oct. 16, longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler passed away. He was 63.
Tandler had been a part of the company since 2011. He began his writing career in his 40's after working in restaurants and had covered the Redskins for his blog, RealRedskins.com, since 2004. Tandler became one of the most prominent members in local sports media, and a must follow for any Redskins fan.
Throughout Week 7, the Washington Redskins honored Tandler at FedEx Field, the first Redskins game since Tandler's passing.
Early Sunday, the Redskins announced that nobody else would ever sit in Row 1, Seat 15 of the FedEx Field press box, where Tandler would sit for every Redskins home game.
Row 1, Seat 15.— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) October 21, 2018
Gone but not forgotten. pic.twitter.com/KlcaRjbq4L
The Redskins also offered a moment of silence throughout the stadium in Tandler's honor, and a tribute video to Tandler was also played on the jumbotron at FedEx Field during a timeout in the first quarter.
Tandler was known to eat hot dogs during halftime of every home game. Rich loved hot dogs, and his Sunday routine brought a smile to all of his colleagues' faces.
Rich always loved his halftime hot dogs pic.twitter.com/huab9dcIvT— Peter Hailey (@_PeterHailey) October 21, 2018
After the game, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder presented Tandler's family with the game ball and a customized jersey honoring his service to the team and the community.
Dan Snyder presented Rich Tandler's wife, Andi Tandler and family with a Redskins jersey signed by Head Coach Jay Gruden and the team. #15 symbolizes Tandler’s seat in the press box.— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) October 22, 2018
This win was for you, Rich. pic.twitter.com/bgZwFNOihd
Sunday was always going to be difficult. But Rich Tandler got the tribute he deserved, and that brings a smile to the face of anyone who ever had the pleasure of interacting with Rich.
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- Remembering Rich Tandler: A life well lived