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On May 25, 1999, Dan Snyder won unanimous approval from the National Football League to buy the Washington Redskins from the estate of Jack Kent Cooke. The purchase cost $800 million.

“Persistence pays off,” Snyder told WUSA-TV after the sale was approved. “We’re going to be that persistent when it comes to winning on the field.”

The team’s regular-season record in the 12 years since then? 86 wins, 106 losses, with just three trips to the playoffs. It’s enough to make a Redskins fan cranky.

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