First up, we’ll take a moment to bring you up to speed on the Redskins Bracket Challenge! Here’s a quick update on how your Redskins players have fared through the first two weekends of games and where they rank in our overall standings (in order from top to bottom).
- Robert Griffin III (bracket) – 810 Total Points; 160 Possible Points Remaining (PPR) – 23rd out of 3,365 total entries
- Leonard Hankerson (bracket) – 730 Total Points; 160 PPR – 128th out of 3,365 total entries
- Ryan Kerrigan (bracket) – 680 Total Points; 0 PPR – 315th out of 3,365 total entries
- Niles Paul (bracket) – 490 Total Points; 480 PPR – 2,443rd out of 3,365 total entries
- Josh Wilson (bracket) – 460 Total Points; 0 PPR – 2,644th out of 3,365 total entries
Quick rundown: Griffin III is the only real threat among the players to win his own jersey, but with his Champion (Miami) eliminated chances are slim for him to win it all. Leonard Hankerson is the next closest challenger; however, his alma mater appears to have ruined his shot at glory. As for the remaining competitors, we’re sorry but it appears you’ll have to wait until next year.
Fans, that means that the Robert Griffin III jersey is still up for grabs. What that also means is that, although your favorite Redskins players get the job done on the gridiron, it can be said that most of you have the upper hand when it comes to making your Redskins Bracket Challenge picks.
Congrats, Redskins Nation, and continue to check www.redskins.com/brackets for updates on all of the madness!
Redskins Top 32 Draft Classes
After two weeks of voting, the field of thirty-two has been narrowed down to four. That’s right, FOUR – the same number that Redskins 80th Great punter Mike Bragg donned during his time in the Nation’s Capital. The voting timeline for the remaining two rounds is as follows:
- Final Four voting is underway and ends Thursday, April 4th at 12pm
- Finals voting is set to begin on Thursday, April 4th at 12:01pm and end on Monday, April 8th at 12pm
Under Further Review: Final Four Matchups
After 30 seasons, the Hogettes decided to hang up their pig snouts finally declaring that it was time to transition into a new era of Redskins football. In an official statement posted by Mikey T. on the official Hogettes website, ‘Boss Hogette’ uttered the sad words that we all unwillingly remember:
“After 30 seasons, the Hogettes® are hanging up our pig snouts & dresses. It has been an honor being a part of the greatest 12th Man fans in the NFL. We will forever be Redskins’ fans and cheer for our beloved team. It is a new era and we will continue to support RG3 and his teammates. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!! We will also continue to help (incognito) raise money for Children’s Charities.”
You see, the Hogettes originated in the early 1980’s and quickly engrained themselves as part of the franchises’ culture over the next 30-plus years. In fact, rumor (truth) has it that the name was inspired by Redskins offensive line coach Joe Bugel in the 1980′s, who referred to his lineman as hogs.
The reason we mention this little fun fact is because we’re here to remind you about the rich history of the franchise. Bottom line is that one of the contributory reasons why this group of men, known as the Hogettes, now holds legendary status in the DMV can be attributed to the linemen of the early 1980’s.
Let’s segue into our first Final Four matchup: 1981 vs. 2004.
1981: The 1981 draft class (#1 seed) ushered in an era of dominance across the offensive line with the selections of Mark May and Russ Grimm. It’s certainly one of the greatest Redskins drafts ever–if not the greatest. Last year, NFL Network ran a special which ranked it the seventh greatest draft class of all time. The class produced three Redskins greats, plus several starters and role players solidifying a roster that would eventually win a Super Bowl championship in 1982.
Now moving on to its’ opponent.
2004: Chris Cooley is the team’s all-time leader in receptions by a tight end and has been a stalwart to the franchise since he was drafted in 2004. On the other hand, who knows how great of a player Sean Taylor would have been (he would have turned 30 yesterday), but he certainly left his mark on and off the field while a member of the Redskins. It’s safe to say that his legacy will always and forever be remembered as one of the hardest hitting and instinctual safeties to ever play the game.
The second Final Four matchup pits two of the more recent draft classes against each other: 2012 vs. 2011.
2012: Is it too soon to label the 2012 draft class as the best Redskins draft classes of all-time? The answer appears to be a resounding ‘No’ based on how you voted up to this point. Obviously, it’s too soon to grade the 2012 draft class in terms of long-term success but judging by the success of this year’s rookie class, particularly QB Robert Griffin III, RB Alfred Morris, and QB Kirk Cousins, the group is more than deserving of a Final Four bid! After all Griffin III made rookie Heisman History and both he and Morris were two of the five finalists for Offensive Rookie of the Year. All in all, the class helped secure a playoff berth and the team’s first NFC East Championship since 1999. The future of the current Redskins team is incredibly bright because of the 2012 draft class.
Fact of the matter is that the three rookies mentioned above rushed (and passed) their way like a raging locomotive, bursting their way (76 yards) into the Final Four versus 2011.
2011: The 2011 draft was chock-full of key contributors and role players who are still on the current roster today. Highlighted by the 16th overall pick, LB Ryan Kerrigan was named to the 2011 PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team in his inaugural campaign and followed that up with an 8.5 sack year in his second season in the league. He garnered his first Pro Bowl Selection this year and sacked his way (past the 1999 draft class) into the Final Four.
Phew. Deep breath.
All of that said we’re getting down to crunch time and it’s all up to you, Redskins fans, to decide the top draft class since 1980! And as a reward to our loyal fans, we will select two winners at random to receive autographed items just for casting your vote – the Final Four winner will receive an autographed football from LB Brian Orakpo and the Finals winner will receive an autographed jersey from Robert Griffin III.
Again, remember to go to www.redskins.com/brackets for more information on how you can get involved in all of the Redskins bracket madness. Hail to the Redskins!
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