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To Be Fair, 1991 Was A Different Time When It Came To How We Referred To Mentally-Challenged People

Great find by Jamie Mottram over at Mr. Irrelevant: above is a portion of the profile for Washington QB Stan Humphries from the 1991 Redskins press guide. In the “up close” section, it highlights one of Humphries’ charitable endeavors: a golf tournament that benefits the “Retarded Citizens of Prince William County, Virginia.”

Yeesh.

We now understand that referring to people as “retarded”  isn’t the most politically correct way to address mentally-challenged people. Remember, in 1991, it was also considered socially acceptable to wear flannel shirts and Doc Martens. So I guess what I am saying is, at least he was doing something to help, and as Mr. Mottram points out, Humphries is still a guiding force behind charitable golf tournaments, although now the event is hosted by Drew Brees and there is nary a mention of anything regarding retarded citizens, which is good in its own right.

Back in 1991, Stan Humphries Had a ‘Golf Tournament to Benefit Retarded Citizens’ [Mr. Irrelevant]