For 80 years the Washington Redskins have collected some of the greatest footballing talent from across the world to our Nation’s Capital—and Boston for a short period too of course.
Some players such as Hall of Famers Darrell Green and Sammy Baugh spent their entire careers in Burgundy and Gold while others split their days between several cities but never captivated a region quite like they did the DMV (cue Ken Houston and John Riggins.).
These men will live for eternity in Canton, symbolizing the greatness of the Washington Redskins.
While some still wait for their inductions (Joe Jacoby) others are just getting started—in the Hall of Very Good.
In the 1970’s the Washington Redskins when through a period of change to include three different coaches (Bill Austin, George Allen, and Jack Pardee), a playoff drought being eliminated, and multiple Pro Bowlers leaving other teams to hop into some Burgundy and Gold digs.
While Deacon Jones spent the last season of his illustrious, Hall of Fame career in our Nation’s Capital to rejoin Allen, Jim Tyrer, Mike Curtis and Lemar Parrish were just trying to make the playoffs again.
What better place for that than with the Redskins.
First up: offensive lineman Jim Tyrer.
Tyrer spent the first 13 years of his professional career with the Chiefs organization and was a key to them winning multiple AFL Championships and Super Bowl I at the end of the 1969 season.
No. 77 was also selected to nine Pro Bowls during that 13-year span, but with the playoffs eluding Kansas City, Tyrer jumped ship to the Redskins in 1974.
The Redskins would snag their third straight NFC East title that year behind a top-five scoring offense. Tyrer can be thanked for that.
Now linebacker Mike Curtis spent the majority of his career with the Baltimore Colts (1965-1975), but was picked up by the newly formed Seattle Seahawks in the expansion draft in 1976.
Curtis’ stay in Seattle did not go well—at all.
The Seahawks finished with a league-low two wins. So with four Pro Bowl appearances under his belt and with his age hitting the 30 mark, he knew that his career was winding down and he only had a few more shots as grabbing the Lombardi Trophy.
In 1977 Curtis landed in our Nation’s Capital and was part of a defense that recorded 21 interceptions that year.
Curtis was joined by another AFC defect in 1978: Lemar Parrish.
Parrish was about as elite as a corner could get during the 1970’s. Check these stats out if you don’t believe me.
He would be pest to opposing offenses for the first three downs to the point where they couldn’t move the chain. So with some relief they would punt the ball back to the Bengals—so he could return it for a touchdown.
The Redskins traded for the then six-time Pro Bowler before the 1977 season and quickly realized that they got the better end of the deal.
Parrish would record a team-high 20 interceptions in his first three seasons with the Burgundy and Gold. Unfortunately for the corner, he bolted town after the 1981 season for Buffalo and never got to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
So all in all these three men were the epitome of “very good” players during their playing days and while they have been snubbed from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, they are 2013 inductees into the Hall of Very Good.
Very good job, guys.
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