One of the most storied and colorful fan sections in the NFL is calling it quits.
The Hogettes, a staple at Redskins games during the past three decades, released a statement Friday announcing that the group is disbanding:
After 30 seasons, the Hogettes® are hanging up our pig snouts & dresses. It has been an honor being a part of the greatest 12th Man fans in the NFL. We will forever be Redskins' fans and cheer for our beloved team. It is a new era and we will continue to support RG3 and his teammates. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!! We will also continue to help (incognito) raise money for Children's Charities.
Michael Torbert created The Hogettes in 1983 as a tribute the team's offensive line known as The Hogs. With their wigs, snouts and dresses, the Hogettes were impossible to miss at Redskins games and unlike any other fan group in the country. They gained significant acclaim with several Hogettes even being inducted into the VISA Hall of Fans at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The group is also noted for its philanthropy, raising millions of dollars for charitable organizations in the D.C. area.
Torbert told the Washington Post that even though they're calling it quits, members of the Hogettes will still attend games and do charity work. They just won't stand out as much.
"After 30 seasons, I think that's enough of guys in pig snouts and dresses," Torbert said. "We're still gonna be Redskins fans. Some of us will still go to games. For sure, we’ll still raise money for children’s charities, but on an incognito and individual basis."