The Washington Redskins have a proud history and are well-represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Are there any notable omissions?
It’s a game many like to play. Football? Nah. How about who belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame that isn’t in there yet. Of course, it’s highly subjective. And in this instance, the subjects are the former standouts of the Washington Redskins.
It’s a franchise that has seen players like wide receivers Charley Taylor and Art Monk, cornerback Darrell Green, guard Russ Grimm and running back John Riggins all get the call. Let’s not forget head coach Joe Gibbs, winner of three Super Bowl titles with the franchise, and legendary field general George Allen.
Of course, they are all in. How about a few members of the organization that are still waiting their turn. Are the following examples realistic possibilities?
T Joe Jacoby
This seems to be the name that comes up more often than any other. The 6’7”, 305-pound hulk of a man was a product of the University of Louisville. Jacoby played in 170 regular-season games and made 148 starts – the vast majority at left tackle. He would be named All-Pro twice and wound up a four-time Pro Bowler. He was the hog of the “Hogs” and the imposing figure was a member of four Super Bowl teams, three resulting in championships.
Jacoby opened holes for Riggins and kept quarterbacks like Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Jay Schroeder and Mark Rypien safe and sound. The 13-year pro has certainly paid his dues.
CB Pat Fischer
The diminutive defensive back racked up 56 career interceptions and 19 fumble recoveries in a terrific 17-year NFL career. While more than half of those picks (29) came in his first seven years in the league with the then-St. Louis Cardinals, he spent the final 10 seasons with the ‘Skins and stole 27 passes. The former 17th-round draft choice from Nebraska is one of the game’s all-time ball thieves.
RB/KR Brian Mitchell
Talk about an all-purpose performer? The former Louisiana-Lafayette product was drafted by the Washington Redskins was a fifth-round selection in 1990. He burst into the national spotlight on a Monday night of his rookie season in Philadelphia when he was pressed into duty as a quarterback.
The rest of Mitchell’s career saw him roll up an astounding 23,330 all-purpose yards, the second-highest total in NFL history (cue Pro Football Reference) behind Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. He totaled 13 returns for scores via punts (9) and kickoffs (4), as well as an effective runner and pass-catcher. It’s hard to believe he won’t get the call one day.
Russell S. Baxter is the Washington Redskins lead writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Redskins news and features? Like our Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.