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It’s no wonder former Redskins’ cornerback Barry Wilburn was destined to become an All-Pro, Super Bowl-winning performer.
His mother ran on the same relay team in the Olympics with the legendary Wilma Rudolph.
Wilburn’s father, meanwhile, worked for Josten’s, the company that typically designs Super Bowl rings for the NFL’s champions.
Wilburn — who was selected in the eighth round (219th overall) in the 1985 NFL Draft — turned out to be a steal for the Redskins.
The product of Memphis, Tenn., Wilburn – who played collegiately at Ole Miss — was voted first-team All-Pro in the Redskins’ 1987 Super Bowl championship campaign. That season, Wilburn had a league-leading nine interceptions.
But Wilburn saved his best for the postseason in 1987.
In the Redskins’ Divisional Round matchup against the Chicago Bears at Solider Field, Wilburn picked off a Jim McMahon pass. But he wasn’t finished.
In the Super Bowl three weeks later at Jack Murphy Stadium, Wilburn picked off two John Elway passes to help seal the Redskins’ 42-10 blowout victory over the Broncos.
Wilburn played five seasons with the Redskins, where he snagged 19 interceptions. He also played one season for Cleveland and two seasons for Philadelphia.
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