Redskins fans unite to form the best fanbase not only the NFL but across the entire sports spectrum. That’s obvious.
No matter if it is a Robert Griffin III dazzling 76-yard touchdown, a Darrell Green punt return, or John Riggins barreling over the Miami Dolphins determined to bring our Nation’s Capital its first Lombardi Trophy, Redskins Nation basks in the glory of the franchise’s success together.
What isn’t so clear, though, is every fan’s thoughts on the four greatest Redskins. Whether it is at the water cooler at work or at your local bar, debates rage over who are the best in Redskins history.
Put all the banter aside and let your voice be heard as to who deserves the prestigious honor of being on the Redskins’ Mt. Rushmore.
On Monday, Pro Football Talk on NBCSN will unveil the Redskins Mt. Rushmore.
Now for those of you who slept through your elementary school lectures, here’s a little history lesson for you.
Mt. Rushmore is the home of the largest busts of US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt; honoring their service to the country.
Narrowing the final list to 12 was probably the hardest thing offseason task, but the following Redskin greats have a chance to be included on Redskin Rushmore:
- George Allen—In his seven years at the helm (1971-1977) he never had a losing season, winning nearly 70 percent of his games. When he took over in ’71 the Burgundy and Gold hadn’t been in the postseason since 1945. Drought eliminated in year one of the Allen Era. The coach would go on to win three division titles. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
- Sammy Baugh—The first true star in the NFL. Played in our Nation’s Capital for 16 years and ranked in the top-six in passing every year. Was part of the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Oh and did I mention he was a top-ten punter too?
- Jack Kent Cooke—Was the second owner in franchise history after founder George Preston Marshall. The team would win three Super Bowls under his control.
- Joe Gibbs—Won 154 games during his two stints in our Nation’s Capital. He entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996 after winning three Super Bowls. No big deal.
- Darrell Green—Played his entire 20-year career with the Redskins. Recorded an interception in each of his first 19 seasons en route to a franchise record 54. The 2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee would give opponents a head start just for fun before chasing them down just shy of the end zone.
- The Hogs-Only the greatest offensive line in NFL. Jeff Bostic, Joe Jacoby, Russ Grimm, Mark May and George Stark combined to appear in ten Pro Bowls but more importantly lead the Redskins to a decade of dominance starting in 1982. The Hogs have become synonymous with the Redskins, how often do you hear of offensive lines ever getting love?
- Sonny Jurgensen—He spent 11 years with Washington and torched opponents every time he stepped on the field. In four of his first six seasons in the DMV, he was a Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection. 179 of his 255 touchdowns came while he was with the Redskins and his 255 touchdowns ranks 13th all-time. He along with fellow Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell racked up yards at will and his 32,224 yards through the air ranks 30th all-time.
- Bobby Mitchell—Jurgensen’s favorite target after being traded from the Browns in 1962. In his first two years in a Burgundy and Gold uniform, Mitchell eclipsed the 1,300-yard mark, tops in the league. Then in 1964 he led the NFL in touchdown catches (ten). He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
- Art Monk—This former first round pick loved to set records. Starting in 1980, Monk would go on to be the Redskins leader in receptions; receiving yards, and is second in receiving touchdowns. Opponents knew that Monk was the Redskins’ top receiving threat during their three Super Bowls. Just because they knew, though, didn’t mean they stopped him.
- John Riggins—Riggo recorded four 1,000 yard seasons after landing in our Nation’s Capital from the Big Apple. In 1983, nobody could stop him from getting into the end zone. Seriously. He recorded 24 rushing touchdowns that year; an NFL record. He may be most famous for “70 Chip”—a run that brought DC its first Super Bowl crown.
- Joe Theismann–He posted a 77-47 career record and was selected to the Pro Bowl twice. During his 12-year tour in the Nation’s Capital, he accumulated 160 touchdowns (70th all-time) and 25,206 yards (62nd all-time). He also led the Redskins to their first Super Bowl victory.
- Doug Williams–After spending the first five seasons of his professional football career in a creamsicle orange Buccaneers jersey, Doug Williams found himself in the USFL before returning to NFL under Joe Gibbs. In only his second season with the Redskins, Williams won Super Bowl MVP after helping the Burgundy and Gold trounce the Denver Broncos via the most prolific quarter in Big Game history.
So when it is all said and done who are you voting for?
Voting extends into Monday.
Hail to the Redskins!
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