Redskins add 10 more to greatest list

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

Here are the 10 Redskins added to their all-time list of the 80 greatest players/contributors:

Linebacker LaVar Arrington:  The former second overall pick in the 2000 draft was one of the most popular players during his six seasons. He made three Pro Bowls. Arrington’s closing speed, especially on quarterbacks, was awesome to watch. Coaches moved him around and didn’t always ask him to rush the passer, but he clearly could as his 11 sacks in 2002. He was a three-time second-team All-Pro as well.

GM Bobby Beathard: The architect of the Super Bowl teams in the 1980s, getting the run started by hiring coach Joe Gibbs. Beathard only had two first-round picks in the 1980s and turned them into Art Monk and Darrell Green.

Joe Bugel: The famed offensive line coach of the Hogs. He developed a young group into one of the NFL’s most memorable, and productive, lines. He didn’t have that same fortune in his second go-round, but that spoke to how difficult it was to do what he did the first time. He drove his players hard.

OL Terry Hermeling: He started 103 games between 1970-80, one of the Redskins’ best periods. Hermeling started parts of six seasons at left tackle and in two other seasons was the starting right guard. Not bad for an undrafted free agent from Nevada-Reno.

OT Jon Jansen: The second-round pick in 1999 was nicknamed the Rock during his first five years for his consistency. Injuries slowed him in the next five years, but he and Chris Samuels made a strong bookend for a while. He loved the smash-mouth style of football, which is why he enjoyed playing for Marty Schottenheimer and Joe Gibbs. Steve Spurrier? Not so much.

WR Roy Jefferson: The Redskins acquired him in 1971 when he was 28. Jefferson was a full-time starter in three seasons and caught 208 passes (16 for touchdowns) during his six seasons with the Redskins.

Richie Petitbon: One of the NFL’s best defensive coordinators during his era (and an excellent defensive back once upon a time). It always amazed me what he did with the Redskins’ talent; they played terrific as a group and always seemed to do better than their talent suggested they should.

RB Clinton Portis: The franchise’s second all-time leading rusher and recent retiree. Portis deserves kudos for doing a lot with little help. More often than not he faced eight-man fronts as the passing game sputtered for most of his career in Washington. His passion on the field was tough to match.

OT Chris Samuels: Talk about a steady force. Samuels made six Pro Bowl appearances in his 10 seasons with the Redskins. His athleticism and consistent fundamentals enabled him to excel. He retired after the 2009 season. Have to say, his hatred of Dallas was genuine and he talked about it from the moment he was drafted.

S Sean Taylor: Hard to believe it’ll be five years this November when he was murdered. Taylor was just developing into a force when he died in his fourth season. He was a rare athlete at safety and would have been perfect for how the NFL has developed and what is required of this position. It was fun to watch how the Redskins deployed him as his speed provided a terrific advantage.

 

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John Keim

Staff Reporter - Washington Redskins
The Washington Examiner