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Throwback Thursday: Shawn Barber

Posted by Christopher Mudd on March 7, 2013 – 6:36 pm


Shawn Barber brings down Carolina Panthers quarterback Steve Beuerlein in a 20-17 victory to open the 2000 season.

Digging into the Redskins’ archives unveils a few pictures of a defensive throwback from the beginning of the modern Redskins’ era. Former Washington Redskins linebacker, Shawn Barber played in the nation’s capitol from 1998-2001.

Barber grew up in Richmond, Va. and attended his hometown school, the University of Richmond. After being named the Atlantic-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year his senior season, Washington selected Barber in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft.

As a rookie Barber saw the field but only as a back up and the Redskins finished 6-10 under head coach Norv Turner. In just his second season Barber became a starter at linebacker, taking his team from a fourth place, 6-10 finish, to a 10-6 division-winning record.

After defeating the Detroit Lions 27-13 in the wild card round, the Redskins suffered a heartbreaking 14-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional round. Despite the loss, it was the first time the Redskins had been to playoffs since the 1992 season.

The 1999 season was statistically Barber’s best season in the NFL as he finished with a career high 148 tackles. He also added one sack, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, one of which he returned 70 yards for a touchdown.

Barber would go on to play two more seasons in Washington, finishing 8-8 in each of those two years. During his brief four year career as a Washington Redskin, Barber played in 49 games and tallied 281 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and one touchdown.

He left the Redskins after the 2001 season and went on to play for six more seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, before finishing his playing career with the Houston Texas. In 2010 Shawn Barber rejoined the Eagles as a coaching intern, a position he still holds today.




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Is HOFer Green Still NFL’s Fastest Man?

Posted by Chris Herting on March 7, 2013 – 5:01 pm

darrell-greenIn case you have yet to hear, Northern Iowa wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield is the talk of the town. The small-school receiver from Northern Iowa reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.19 seconds at a pro day held Monday at the University of Minnesota. Read the full story here.

According to the article, Sinkfield, a 6-1 192 pound wideout, was clocked at a blazing 4.27 seconds on his first attempt. His second attempt was faster at 4.19 and, in an attempt to try and prove doubters wrong, ran again but “reportedly stumbled on the third attempt” running a 4.44.

Long story short, the man can run, averaging a 4.3 second 40-yard dash in three attempts. Here’s the video of the reported 4.19 40-yard dash attempt.

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Hall Of Famers Reflect On Time Together

Posted by Stephen Czarda on March 7, 2013 – 2:47 pm

Chris Hanburger, Roger Staubach

Over the last several seasons, Redskins fans have been treated to some splendid play by one of, if not the, best linebacking core in the league.

With perennial Pro Bowler and NFL iron man London Fletcher, 2013 Pro Bowlers Ryan Kerrigan and Lorenzo Alexander, former Pro Bowler Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley, and Rob Jackson, I think its safe to say that the Redskins depth at the linebacker position is simply unheard of.

However, while those six men have been instrumental in limiting opposing defenses for years, they have competition at staking claim as the best linebacking core in franchise history.

Hall of Famers Sam Huff and Chris Hanburger are arguably two of the great linebackers in NFL history and for a four-year stretch in the late 1960’s, they terrorized opponents week in and week out lining up in burgundy and gold together.

Find out what these two former teammates had to say about their reign of destruction together here:

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