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Voting Opens For The 80 Greatest Redskins

McKissic for the win

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May 10, 2012


VOTING OPENS AT MIDNIGHT FOR THE 80 GREATEST REDSKINS

ASHBURN, Va. – In honor of the Washington Redskins’ 80th anniversary, the team announced today that fans can vote for the “10 For 80” honor in which 10 players will be selected to join the 70 Greatest Redskins to create the 80 Greatest Redskins of All Time. This will mark the first time in Redskins history that fans can vote for the Greatest Redskins of All Time.

A blue ribbon panel identified 80 greatest Redskins finalists who represent every position on the team, as well as Pro Football Hall of Famers, members enshrined in the team’s Ring of Fame, team record holders and dozens of others who have worn the burgundy and gold.

Fans can vote more than once for the 10 players they would like to see join the elite list of former Redskins greats online at www.Redskins80th.com. Prizes will be awarded to fans throughout the fan voting stage. Voting continues for 80 days, ending on July 29.

The panel consists of former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw and Redskins Historian Mike Richman, as well as three members of the 70 Greatest, defensive end Charles Mann, quarterback Joe Theismann and kicker Mark Moseley.

At the conclusion of fan voting, the panel will add their votes. The combined votes will yield the 10 players who will join the exclusive group of former Redskins greats, named in 2002, to be honored as the 80 Greatest Redskins of All Time.

The panel will announce the “10 For 80” winners at the annual Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon in August.

The following criteria were used in the selection process in 2002 and will also apply in 2012:

- Players and head coaches are eligible
- On-field performance
- Players or head coaches must have played or coached a minimum of three seasons with the Redskins
- Active NFL players are eligible, but any current team member must have spent at least 10 years with the team to be eligible

New criteria for the 2012 vote for the “10 For 80” includes:

- Assistant coaches are eligible for consideration
- Team administrators are eligible for consideration

The 80 Greatest Redskins of All Time will be honored at the 80th Anniversary Gala this fall and at the homecoming game between the Redskins and Carolina Panthers on Nov. 4. The 80th Anniversary is also being commemorated with alternate uniforms, which will be worn at two home games this season.
 

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Here are the 80 Greatest Redskins Finalists:

Player Position Years Played Highlights
Quarterbacks
Frank Filchock QB 1938-41, 1944-45 Led NFL in TD passes in 1939, 1944

Player Position Years Played Highlights
Running Backs
Stephen Davis RB 1996-2002 Fourth-leading rusher, 1,000+ yards in three consecutive years
Ricky Ervins RB 1991-94 Totaled 2,000+ rushing yards,’91 Super Bowl team
Rob Goode RB 1949-51, 1954-55 Holds record with seven 100-yard games in season
Charlie Harraway RB 1969-73 2,500+ rushing yds., 20 TDs, caught 146 passes
Wilbur Moore HB 1939-46 Totaled 24 TDs and 13 INTs as two-way player
Herb Mul-Key RB/KR 1972-74 Posted 1,500 return yards in ’73 Pro Bowl season
Jim Musick FB 1932-33, 1935-36 Led NFL in rushing with 809 yards in 1933
Clinton Portis RB 2004-10 Second-leading rushing leader in team history
George Rogers RB 1985-87 Led team in rushing three years, two 1,000-yd. seasons
Joe Scudero RB/KR/DB 1954-58 Elusive runner, ’55 Pro Bowler
Mike Thomas RB 1975-78 Dynamic runner, led team in rushing three years
Dick Todd RB 1939-42, 1945-48 Led team in rushing and receiving for two years

Player Position Years Played Highlights
Wide Receivers
Charlie Brown WR 1982-84 Two-time Pro Bowler, 19 TDs in three seasons
Henry Ellard WR 1994-98 Three 1,000-yard seasons with Redskins
Frank Grant WR 1972-78 141 receptions, 18 TDs, led team with 50 catches in '76
Roy Jefferson WR 1971-76 Led team in receiving in 1971, 3-time Pro Bowler
Bill Malinchak WR 1970-74, 1976 Special teams standout, blocked punt in ’76 to beat Dallas
Charlie Malone E 1934-40, 1942 Caught 137 passes, 13 career TDs, made Pro Bowl in 1942
Bob Masterson E 1938-43 87 catches, 12 TDs, part of ’42 championship team

Player Position Years Played Highlights
Tight Ends
John Carson TE 1954-59 Led team in receiving from 1955-57, Pro Bowl in '57
Clint Didier TE 1982-87 Posted 129 catches, 19 TDs, part of 2 Super Bowl teams
Mike Sellers TE/FB 1998-2000, 2004-11 ’08 Pro Bowler
Rick “Doc” Walker TE 1980-85 Leader on two Super Bowl teams, caught 56 passes, 6 TDs

Player Position Years Played Highlights
Offensive Linemen
Jim Barber OL 1935-41 Part of ’37 Championship Team, All-Pro in 1939
Terry Hermeling OT 1970-80 Hard-nosed left tackle, played 120 games with Redskins
Jon Jansen OT 1999-08 Started 123 games
Tre’ Johnson G 1994-2000, 2002 '99 Pro Bowler
Paul Lipscomb OT 1950-54 Bruiser, never missed a game, two-time Pro Bowler
Chris Samuels OT 2000-09 Six-time Pro Bowl left tackle
Ron Saul G 1970-81 Played 12 seasons, earned Pro Bowl berth in 1979
Mark Schlereth G 1989-95 Starter on 1991 Super Bowl team, ’91 Pro Bowler
Ray Schoenke G/T 1966-75 Versatile lineman, played 10 years for Redskins
Clyde Shugart G 1939-44 Two Pro Bowls, part of ’42 championship team
Joe Tereshinski OL/LB 1947-54 Hard-nosed blocker, played in 86 games with the Redskins
Randy Thomas G 2003-09 82 starts
Wilbur “Willie” Wilkin OT 1938-43 Dominant OT, first-team All-Pro in 1941-42

Player Position Years Played Highlights
Defensive Linemen
Verlon Biggs DE 1972-75 Started on 1972 Super Bowl team
Darryl Grant DT 1981-90 Recorded more than 100 tackles twice, ’82 NFC title game hero
Tim Johnson DT 1990-95 Five-year starter, 17.5 sacks, part of ’91 Super Bowl team
John Paluck DE 1956, 1959-65 Played 105 of 106 games, sack specialist, ’64 Pro Bowler
Joe Rutgens DT 1961-69 Played in 110 games, Pro Bowler in 1963 and 1965
Bruce Smith DE 2000-03 29 sacks, 1 safety in 64 games with Redskins
Bob Toneff DT 1959-64 First-team All-Pro selection from 1959-61

Player Position Years Played Highlights
Linebackers
LaVar Arrington LB 2000-05 Three-time Pro Bowler from 2001-03
Andre Collins LB 1990-94 18.5 sacks, 8 INTs, 3 def. TDs, ’91 Super Bowl team
Brad Dusek LB 1974-81 Played every game from 1975-79
Kurt Gouveia LB 1987-94, 1999 12 INTs, had key INT in ’91 Super Bowl
Mel Kaufman LB 1981-88 18.5 sacks, 7 INT, part of two Super Bowl teams
Rich Milot LB 1979-87 Played on three Super Bowl teams, had 13 INTs
Erny Pinckert DB/LB 1932-40 LB who leveled Nagurski, excellent blocker
Marcus Washington LB 2004-09 Posted 19.5 sacks, 380 tackles, '04 Pro Bowler
Pete Wysocki LB 1975-80 Special teams standout, played 88 games with Redskins

Player Position Years Played Highlights
Defensive Backs
Steve Bagarus DB/HB 1945-48 Pace-changing back, great backfield pass-catcher
Vernon Dean CB 1982-87 27 takeaways, 3 TDs scored, part of two Super Bowl teams
Brad Edwards S 1990-93 Led team in ’92 in INTs, had INT in ’91 Super Bowl
Rickie Harris DB 1965-70 Led Redskins in punt returns six times
Joe Lavender CB 1976-82 ’79 and ’80 Pro Bowler, 29 INTs with Redskins
Martin Mayhew CB 1989-92 13 INTs, led defense with 7 INTs in ’90,’91 Super Bowl team
Lemar Parrish CB 1978-81 Posted 9 INTs in 1979, All-Pro in 1979-80
Dan Sandifer DB/RB/KR 1948-49 Intercepted a team-record of 13 passes in 1948 rookie season
Fred Smoot CB 2001-04, 2007-09 18 INTs in 7 seasons with Redskins
Sean Taylor S 2004-07 Dominant safety, hard-hitter, 5 INTs in 2007
Barry Wilburn CB 1985-89 19 INTs, led team with 9 on ’87 Super Bowl team

Player Position Years Played Highlights
Special Teams
Sam 'Sugarfoot’ Baker K/P/FB 1953, 1956-59 Strong-legged kicker, led NFL in field goals
Eddie Brown DB/KR/PR 1975-77 Pro Bowler in 1976-77, led NFL in punt return yards
Chip Lohmiller K 1988-94 Second all-time in points scored, part of ’91 Super Bowl team
Dick Poillon K/P/RB/DB 1942, 1946-49 Three-way player, led team in scoring three years

Player Position Years Highlights
Coaches/Assistant Coaches
Don Breaux Assistant Coach 1981-93, 2004-08 Part of three Super Bowl teams
Joe Bugel Assistant Coach 1981-89, 2004-09 Established “The Hogs”
Jack Pardee Head Coach/LB 1971-73, 1978-80 All-Pro linebacker in 1971
Larry Peccatiello Assistant Coach 1981-93 Long-time defensive coach
Richie Petitbon Assistant Coach/S 1971-72, 1978-93 Long-time Defensive Coordinator
Dan Riley Assistant Coach 1982-2000 Part of three Super Bowl teams
Wayne Sevier Assistant Coach 1981-86, 1989-93 Long-time special teams coach
Rennie Simmons Assistant Coach 1981-93, 2004-08 Part of three Super Bowl teams, tight ends coach
Lavern “Torgy” Torgeson Assistant Coach/LB 1955-57, 59-61, 71-77, 81-93 Two-time Pro Bowler, coached all five Super Bowl teams

Player Position Years Highlights
Team Administrators
Bobby Beathard GM 1978-89 Oversaw team’s success during Super Bowl era
Charley Casserly GM/Personnel Official 1977-99 GM for 1991 Super Bowl, signed several Redskins greats
Lamar “Bubba” Tyer Team Athletic Trainer 1971-2009 Part of five Redskins Super Bowl teams
 

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The only 3 players I see as definite are Sean Taylor, Chris Samuels and Clinton Portis.
 

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Tough task picking only 10 guys from this list. I ended up voting for a couple of the old-time guys because they were 2-way players and I felt they were overdue.

My 10:

Wilber Moore
Dick Todd
Beathard
Petibon
Bugel
Portis
Sean Taylor
Chris Samuels
Jon Jansen
Bubba Tyer
 
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Sean Taylor
Ritchie Petitbon
Bobby Beathard
Joe Bugel
Lavern "Torgy" Torgeson
Darryl Grant
Clinton Portis
Chris Samuels
Pete Wysocki
Chip Lohmiller
 

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Sean Taylor
Ritchie Petitbon
Bobby Beathard
Joe Bugel
Lavern "Torgy" Torgeson
Darryl Grant
Clinton Portis
Chris Samuels
Pete Wysocki
Chip Lohmiller
This list. Right here. Well done, Ax.
 

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That's a pretty good list Ax. I'd switch out Wysocki for Kurt Gouveia, but maybe that's just me.
 

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Here's my list:

Sean Taylor - obvious choice
Chris Samuels - bookend OT for a decade, shame his career was wasted in the Snyderatto era
Jon Jansen - ditto
Clinton Portis - all-time (or 2nd all time?) leading rusher for the Redskins, carried the team on his back to the playoffs twice in aforementioned Snyderatto era
Darryl Grant - Beast, should have made the list the first time
Joe Bugel - Boss hog has got to be on this list, should have made it the first time
Richie Petitbone - D coordinator of one of the best units of all time
Mel Kaufman - Top 10 best football name of all time
Marcus Washington - heart and soul of one of the bright spots of the past decade - the defense
Kurt Gouveia - Integral part of the 91 superbowl run
 

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Here's my list:

Darryl Grant - Beast, should have made the list the first time
Mel Kaufman - Top 10 best football name of all time
A good case can be made for Darryl Grant. Even if you only base it on his clinching TD in the '82 NFC Title Game. He was the guy I had the hardest time leaving off.

I had never heard of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo until Mel came along. :doh1:
Used to LOVE hearing the Defense introduced in RFK and hearing "At linebacker, from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, number 55......Mel Kaufman". :thumbsup:
 

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Rutgens was one of the better DL in the game in the early 1960's.

Jefferson and Mul-Key should make it from the Allen years.

From the Gibbs era I am looking at Bugel and Dan Riley who really set the table for a lot of the team's success.

How could Beathard be left off the original list?

If he didn't come here there would have been no Gibbs, Monk, Grimm, Green, etc.

For the recent past I am looking at Samuels and Jansen who together formed one of the better OT pairings in the league through the mid 2000's.

Does Portis belong? Tough decision. He ran for yardage but was so corrosive in terms of his on and off field sulking and complaining that the pluses and minuses seem to balance out to zero on the guy.
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I think Beathard deserves some recognition, but in my opinion the coaches are much more to "blame" for their success than the guy picking them. Who's to say UDFA Jeff Bostic is has the success he did if not for Joe Bugel?

Plus, Beathard does not just pick everyone on his own - he gets full reports from his scouting department, meaning if you add Beathard, you've got to add all the scouts as well.
 

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Then explain why after Beathard left but Casserly and the scouts remained that over time as the early Gibbs players left the team the club went down the tubes?

We started getting Desmond Howard and Tom Carter in the first round instead of Monk, May and Green.
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Then explain why after Beathard left but Casserly and the scouts remained that over time as the early Gibbs players left the team the club went down the tubes?

We started getting Desmond Howard and Tom Carter in the first round instead of Monk, May and Green.
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Teams go through cycles - its just the nature of the sport. Maybe he was a bit better analyzing his scout's data than Casserly was. Or maybe he just got lucky - he certainly had his share of failures as well.
 

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