Redskins fans 'Hogettes' retiring

Updated: January 11, 2013, 4:26 PM ET
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WASHINGTON -- The Hogettes will oink no more.

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Paul Morigi/AP PhotoThe Hogettes are calling it quits after 30 years. Howard Churchill, Susan Gundling and Michael Torbert are shown at an event in August.

The group of male fans who have cheered on the Washington Redskins for three decades while wearing dresses, floppy hats and pig snouts announced Friday that the group is retiring.

The Hogettes said on their website that it's a "new era." They say they'll still be Redskins fans and will continue to help raise money for children's charities -- although in more "incognito" fashion.

Hogettes founder Michael Torbert told The Washington Post that 30 seasons is "enough of guys in pig snouts and dresses."

The Hogettes began in 1983, when they started putting on dresses to entertain patients at children's hospitals. They also became fixtures at Redskins games, getting their name from the team's legendary "Hogs" offensive line.

Redskins legend Joe Jacoby, one of the best-known Hogs who played with the team from 1981-93, also was astounded at the longevity of the Hogettes.

"That's amazing," Jacoby told the Washington Post. "That's a hell of run. They took it to the next step, and the things they were able to do for children's charities that they were involved with, it was just outstanding. I salute them. A lot of peope think it's kind of weird to see these grown men -- and it'd be even weirder if they found out where these guys work -- going out on a Sunday afternoon wearing dresses and pig noses. ... I guess sooner or later, I hate to say it, but I guess we all have to move on."

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.