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12/12/12: No. 12s In Redskins History

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 12, 2012 – 2:42 pm

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In case you haven’t heard, today is 12/12/12. This date won’t happen again for another century.

To celebrate, The Redskins Blog has brought to you an extensive look at the No. 12s in Washington Redskins history.

To date, 21 Redskins players have worn No. 12 for a season, according to Redskins public relations (14 are pictured above). Currently wearing the number, of course, is rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Of those Redskins No. 12s, 11 were quarterbacks, three were halfbacks, two were wide receivers, and one each were a fullback, tackle, end, defensive back and punter.

Overall, the Redskins are 273-245-4 (.527) in the seasons in which a No. 12 plays for the team.

And, on an interesting note, no player wore No. 12 for the Redskins from the 1953 through 1974 seasons. Washington was just 127-151-14 (.435) during that span.

Here’s the breakdown of the 21 No. 12s in Washington Redskins history:

Eddie Britt, FB; 1937
Boyd Morgan, HB; 1939-40
John Goodyear, HB; 1942
Lou Rymkus, T; 1943
Larry Fuller, HB; 1944-45
Herb Shoener, E, (also wore No. 84); 1948-49
Harry Gilmer, QB; 1948-52, 54
Neil Ferris, DB; 1951-52
Randy Johnson, QB; 1975-76
Fred Mortensen, QB; 1979
Tom Flick, QB; 1981
Babe Laufenberg, QB (also wore No. 16); 1983-85
Steve Cox, P; 1985
Cary Conklin, QB; 1990-93
Gus Frerotte, QB; 1994-98
Tony Banks, QB; 2001
Gibran Hamdan, QB; 2003
Steven Harris, WR; 2007
Malcolm Kelly, WR; 2008-10
John Beck (also wore No. 3); 2011
Kirk Cousins, QB; present

Together, the 21 No. 12s in Washington Redskins history have, while wearing No. 12, put together the following statistics (according to Pro-Football-Reference.com): 1,328 passing completions in 2,587 passing attempts (51.3 percent) for 17,505 passing yards and 91 passing touchdowns; 375 rushes for 1400 yards (3.7 yards per rush) and seven rushing touchdowns; 40 receptions for 557 yards (13.9 yards per reception) and one receiving touchdown; two fumble recoveries, one interception and two defensive touchdowns; 196 punts for 8,238 punting yards (42 yards per punt); four field goals made in nine attempts (44.4 percent); three extra points made in three attempts (100 percent); eight punt returns for 133 punt return yards (16.6 yards per return); seven kickoff returns for 157 kickoff return yards (22.4 yards per return).

Notable No. 12 moments in Redskins history:

1961: The Redskins finished with a 1-12-1 record, beating the Dallas Cowboys 34-24 in their final game of the season at D.C. Stadium.
– 1972: Running back Larry Brown wins league MVP honors after scoring 12 touchdowns and collecting 1,689 all-purpose yards.
– 1986: The Redskins finish the regular season with a 12-4 record, losing to the Giants, 17-0, in the NFC Championship Game.
– 1993: The Redskins’ 4-12 record is the worst in the NFC. Head coach Ritchie Petitbon’s squad couldn’t keep up the pace after beginning the season with a 35-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
– 2007: The Redskins improved their record to 2-0 with a 20-12 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles as the Washington defense does not allow a touchdown in the game.
– 2012: Redskins rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins (No. 12) — in relief of the injured Robert Griffin III — leads his team to a 31-28, overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField. The win extended Washington’s winning streak to four games and kept the team in the playoff hunt.

CHIME IN: What’s YOUR favorite No. 12 memory in Washington Redskins history? Feel free to comment below.

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