November 4, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins former quarterback Mark Rypien (left) shakes hands with Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) during player introductions prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at FedEx Field. The Panthers won 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Rypien to be Inducted into Redskins Ring of Fame

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Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen announced that the Redskins will induct Mark Rypien as the 46th member of their Ring of Fame.  Mark Rypien played quarterback for the Redskins for eight seasons from 1986 -1993, starting 72 games and helped them win their third Super Bowl in 1992.

Rypien is fourth on the Redskins all-time passing yards list with 15,928 and he also added 98 touchdowns passes.  His best season came in 1991 when he passed for 3,564 yards, 28 TD’s and only 11 interceptions, and he had a 97.9 quarterback rating.  Rypien’s best season culminated by winning the MVP in Super Bowl XXVI.

Mark Rypien was a sixth round draft pick by the Redskins in 1986 and after spending his first two seasons on injured reserve he emerged as the teams starting quarterback in 1988.  It’s rare in today’s NFL to see a quarterback drafted that late go on to become a quality starter.  But under the great Joe Gibbs, Rypien developed.

It was always fun in those days seeing Gibbs work wonders with his quarterbacks.  And Mark Rypien gave Redskins fans a lot to cheer for during his time with the team.  He had a good career, helped bring the fans another championship, and I think Rypien is very deserving of being recognized in the Redskin Ring of Fame.

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