With the 2013 NFL Draft just under a week away, excitement is quickly building as teams look to replenish their rosters with young talent who are eager to show their talents at the next level.
At the end of the day, though, it doesn’t matter what slot they were selected in; all that matters to them is that they finally reached the pinnacle of the football world.
As the celebrations wind down, however, there is still a group of men who are without a home.
They are the league of undrafted (and extraordinary) gentlemen.
Over the first 80 years of the franchise’s existence, the Burgundy and Gold have some of the best players in league history who were passed on during the annual extravaganza.
So, who made the cut to be part of the top-12 undrafted players of all-time?
In 1936, the NFL instituted a draft for collegiate graduates who were hopeful of taking their talents to the professional level. Before the league gathered talent together for selection, players had the freedom to sign wherever they wanted.
Some parameters of the list:
–Two players who gained recognition on the list signed with the franchise before 1936 and were obviously never drafted.
–Players who were selected in other league’s drafts and then signed with the Redskins after those leagues folded were not included.
–Two current Redskins are on the list.
–Eight of the undrafted players were forever grateful to the Burgundy and Gold for giving them a chance and spent their entire careers in the Nation’s Capital.
–Seven of the men are part of the 80 Greatest Redskins.
–Two gridiron legends will forever be remembered for their greatness as they are in the Hall of Fame.
So take a trip down memory lane and check out our photo gallery of the 12 greatest undrafted players in Redskins history as each and every man was instrumental in the success of the franchise.
Hail to the Redskins!
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