The Washington Redskins are celebrating their 80th season, and 106.7 The Fan is marking the occasion by ranking the 80 greatest players in franchise history.
The Best of the Burgundy and Gold is a comprehensive ranking based on the opinions of an esteemed panel of Redskins experts… Former Redskins GM Charlie Casserly, 106.7 The Fan blogger and NFL Hall of Fame voter Dave Elfin, former Washington Post writer Len Shapiro, and Ernie Bauer (former Sports Director of Channel 9, 5, and CSN) made up the panel. Sports radio legend Ken Beatrice also consulted the project, and provides commentary throughout the list.
We’re releasing five names at a time, at 7:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Tune in to hear who will be named the greatest Redskin of all time!
The Sports Junkies released a new wave Thursday morning, amidst some controversy, bringing us all the way down to number 46 in a plume of haze.
It was one name in particular that was disputed, leaving callers to digest the list with an uneasy feeling:
50. Chuck Drazenovich
49. Sean Taylor
48. Ricky Sanders
47. Raleigh McKenzie
46. Wilber Marshall
The name in bold is #49: Sean Taylor.
The 2-time Pro Bowl Safety was gunned down in his home at the age of 24 on November 27, 2007, in a day that will be lived in infamy in Washington, D.C. It was a day in which an entire city, not just Redskins fans, crowded around the idea that one of its most beloved figures was stolen from them long before his time. Some say Sean Taylor, had he not so tragically been taken from us, would have gone on to have a Hall of Fame career in Washington.
The man that had been named the ‘Hardest Hitting Man In The NFL’ prior to the season, Sean Taylor posted a career-best 5 interceptions and 32 tackles through just 9 games in 2007 before his departure.
After a loss to the Bills the week of Taylor’s funeral, the Redskins (5-7), led by Clinton Portis, Chris Cooley and Lavar Arrington, would rally to finish the 2007 season with 4 consecutive victories, in honor of Sean, and a playoff berth.
Sean Taylor’s career stats will forever say that he had 12 interception and 238 tackles in his 4 seasons in the NFL, but Redskins fans know that if not for that fateful day, those totals would be much, much more.
The number 21 will always be synonymous in D.C. with Sean Taylor.
But number 49 is where he falls on this particular list.
Sports Junkies – 11/27/2007 – Sean Taylor Dead At Age 24
Sports Junkies – 11/27/2007 – Calls On The Death Of Sean Taylor
Where would Sean Taylor rank on your list of the greatest 80 to don the Burgundy and Gold?