All-Time Redskins Team: A player from each decade

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LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 15: A Washington Redskins helmet is seen on the field before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on December 15, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The Redskins have a storied history spanning decades. Pick one player from each decade, and you could put together a formidable team.

I read an entertaining article recently, written by Mark Zuckerman for MASN. He selected an all-time Washington Nationals team, but to give himself a challenge and maybe move away from the more obvious choices, he required that the team have one player from each season the Nationals have been in DC. It led to some intriguing decisions – some often-overlooked selections and several painful omissions. I’ve adapted Zuckerman’s idea for an all-time Washington Redskins team.

The Redskins have been around too long to choose a player from each year. But if we include the Boston years of the early 1930s, we get almost nine complete decades. I’m choosing at least one offensive player and one defensive player from each decade. That will leave two at-large slots that can come from any decade.

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I’m using the classic 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE offensive scheme and the classic 4-3 defense for my positions. And I’m not getting specific enough to distinguish between right and left guard, or strong and weak-side linebacker. I mean, I needed a little bit of flexibility. But not all that much. One of the fun things about doing this is being able to recognize just how many great players have worn the burgundy and gold over the last nine decades.

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