[Editor’s Note: Despite the black and white photo and “Remembering Ryp” headline, he’s alive and quite well. It’s just a tribute.]
As the Redskins prepare for their first regular season international contest in the land of Shania Twain and igloos, it’s important to look back and honor the greatest Canadian in Redskins history: Mark Rypien.
Mark Rypien was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, about a day-and-a-half drive from Toronto. He came from a family of a family of tremendous athletes, including his quarterback daughter Angela Rypien, his golden gloves boxing uncle Wes Rypien Sr., and his pro hockey playing cousins Wes Jr. and Rick Rypien:
But it was Mark who earned the greatest honors of his pro sports career. Here are just a few of his many honors:
- First Canadian quarterback to start in the NFL
- Second quarterback to ever throw for 300 yards in his NFL debut
- Led his Redskins to Super Bowl XXVI following the 1991 season
- Led the league in passing that year, with 3, 564 yards, 28 touchdowns
- Passed for 292 yards in the game and two touchdowns
- Was the first Canadian-born Super Bowl MVP.
On this most-Canadian of days for the Redskins, Mark was the gold standard. As the Redskins take the field today, they will be in search of their first win against the Bills since No. 11, “Rypien,” stood under center for the Burgundy and Gold. This is a big day for the Redskins, and with any luck, they can let ‘er Ryp in Toronto:
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