Washington Redskins: 15 best first-round draft picks of all time

Trent Williams, Washington Redskins. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Trent Williams, Washington Redskins. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) /
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Darrell Green, Washington Redskins
Darrell Green, Washington Redskins. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) /

Darrell Green‘s nickname is ‘the Ageless Wonder’. That’s all you need to know. He ran a 4.43 40-yard dash time on his 50th birthday. But it’s been over a decade since Green last used his talents on the football field.

Green retired in 2002, after playing for the Redskins for almost a quarter century. Over his career, he logged 54 interceptions, seven Pro Bowls, one All-Pro award and two Super Bowl rings. He’s one of a small number of players to play from the 1980s to the current millennium, and he may be the only one to play for the same team in that time span.

He’s commonly known for his speed, but Green was far more than that. He consistently locked down opponents, using his natural talents to stay one step ahead of the offense

As fast as his legs were, his mind was faster, and he knew how to read the offense and maximize his playmaking potential. Green’s exploits earned him recognition as one of the great NFL cornerbacks of history and they also earned him a gold jacket in 2008.

His No. 28 hasn’t been issued since his retirement. It’s fair to wonder if it ever will be. Green left an undeniable impact on the Redskins franchise, but the impact he left is not as great as the final player on this list.