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Famous Faces In The 1991 Press Guide

Posted by Matt Terl on February 3, 2010 – 1:44 pm

As I mentioned yesterday, new Redskins wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell both started AND finished his playing career with Washington.

The wide receiver came on board as a twelfth-round pick of the Redskins in what turned out to be the Super Bowl season of 1991. He spent that entire season on injured reserve but was given a Super Bowl ring when the team won, and has his name on the Lombardi Trophy.

He signed with Cleveland in ’92 and began a productive-if-nomadic NFL career that included another Super Bowl win in Tampa Bay and a cup of coffee with the Houston Texans in Summer 2007 where he would’ve briefly worked with then-Texans-QB-coach Kyle Shanahan. He finished his career where he started it, finally donning a Redskins jersey in regular season games during the 2007 season.

With all that in mind, I checked the team’s 1991 press guide to see if there was any other interesting information on McCardell. I didn’t find much, but was able to get a look at his terrific early-90’s hairstyle.

He wasn’t the only one sporting the Kid ‘n Play-influenced look, though, nor was his the highest of the hi-top fades that year. No, that honor belonged to cornerback Sidney Johnson.
Ah, 1991. Here’s a contemporaneous profile of Kid ‘N Play in the then-one-year old Entertainment Weekly magazine, just to provide context for those of you who aren’t geriatric like me.

Anyhow, it wasn’t all tonsorial flashbacks in the media guide; there were a startling number of people on that roster who still have an influence on today’s NFL. For example:


ESPN NFL analyst and soap opera actor Mark Schlereth:

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt:

Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach/offensive line and Hall of Fame hopeful Russ Grimm:

Current Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew:

And former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen:

So it really shouldn’t be any surprise that McCardell has found his way to the coaching ranks as well. Add Earnest Byner as running backs coach, and you’ve got the start of a pretty solid NFL coaching staff and front office right here in this media guide. (Except for Millen, of course. People speak really well of him despite 0-16, but I’d still rather give that one a pass.)

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