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D.C. United is the only local sports team to still utilize RFK stadium, but atheletes from years past still remember the venue fondly as it turns a half-century old.
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D.C. United is the only local sports team to still utilize RFK stadium, but atheletes from years past still remember the venue fondly as it turns a half-century old.

As RFK Stadium turns 50, athletes past and present reflect on D.C’s storied sports venue. For Norman Neverson, who grew up in D.C. and later became the first African-American football player at George Washington University, it wasn’t easy at first to play games at stadium.

"You know RFK had that image of being anti-bellum south," says Neverson. That’s because the Redskins, under owner George Preston Marshall, for a long time refused to sign black players and the team was the last in the league to integrate.

"This was a challenge for me to come out here to perform every Saturday and fifty years later, I think I did it well!" says Neverson. 

Neither the Redskins nor GW play at RFK anymore. Today it’s home to the soccer squad DC United. Ethan White plays for the team, and like Neverson, grew up in the D.C. area, but his memories are much fonder.

“There’s nothing like RFK stadium, when all the fans come out – it’ s amazing," says White. "It’s a great, great atmosphere.”

The city is hosting special events all month to commemorate the anniversary.

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