During the 1993 season, quarterbacks Mark Rypien and Rich Gannon were teammates with the Washington Redskins.
Rypien, of course, had been with the Redskins since the 1986 NFL Draft. Gannon, meanwhile, was traded to the Redskins shortly before the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
While they were together in Washington for only one season, Gannon vividly recalls the impact Rypien had on him as he adjusted to life with the Redskins.
“I just remember him being such a terrific player [and] being so gracious with me,” he told Redskins.com. “I had just been traded here from Minnesota, literally a week before the first regular season game, and I can remember the first couple of weeks of the season asking him questions in meetings like ‘Why do you call this?’ and ‘Why do you call that?’
Meanwhile, he’s trying to gameplan for the Cowboys. So he really went out of his way to make me feel like I was a part of the team and make me feel comfortable.”
Rypien wasn’t alone in gravitating towards the Super Bowl XXVI MVP.
“He was just a great leader and a great football player and the guys obviously respected him,” he said. “I just remember watching him from afar when I was in Minnesota and others places, and I was just really admiring how he played and he always seemed to me like he had fun playing the game.”
Rypien will become the 46th member of the Washington Redskins Ring Of Fame tomorrow during the Redskins’ annual homecoming game.
Gannon will be on the call for CBS alongside Kevin Harlan.
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