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Longtime Redskins Reporter Rich Tandler Passed Away at Age of 63

The Washington Redskins and D.C. sports community lost a good one. NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 63. The network announced his passing Wednesday.

Tandler covered the Redskins for more than a decade, creating his the Real Redskins blog in 2004. Redskins fans gravitated to the site that ultimately led to his joining NBC Sports Washington in 2011. His insight on Redskins information was well respected, but his kindness and approach to covering a team in a competitive environment is what was most admired by Redskins fans, media, and his colleagues.

There was an enormous outcry of disbelief and sorrow and tributes from the D.C. area’s media on Twitter following the news of Tandler’s death.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder called Tandler one of the “most loved and valued” members of the Redskins media in a statement Wednesday.

The Redskins will pay a tribute to Tandler this weekend at FedEx Field and no one will sit in his press box seat — Row 1, Seat 15 — again, according to the Washington Post.

Tandler displayed impeccable work in covering the Redskins. He was a model for inspiring bloggers and reporters on how to deliver precise information and opinion. His influence and expertise is one of the many attributes that will be missed by all in the Redskins and D.C. sports community.

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