Washington Redskins: Top 30 players in franchise history
By Ian Cummings
Despite Russ Grimm’s place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Joe Jacoby still falls a spot ahead of him on this list. Why? It’s simple. Jacoby deserves to be enshrined in Canton as well.
Despite his sizable stature, Jacoby went undrafted after leaving college early to pursue an NFL dream. Upon joining the team, Joe Gibbs incorrectly assumed that Jacoby was a defensive lineman. But it wouldn’t be long before Jacoby, with his outrageous wingspan, came the team’s starting left tackle.
In 1981, his rookie season, Jacoby became one of the founding members of the Hogs, along with Russ Grimm and Jeff Bostic. A mere two years after that, Jacoby was known as one of the most dominant offensive linemen in the NFL, earning his first All-Pro nod, as well as the first of his four Pro Bowl berths.
Over his career, Jacoby would help lead the Redskins to four Super Bowls, and three Super Bowl victories. He started in every Super Bowl played over that time, providing quality play at his lowest, and the play of a hall of fame-caliber at his highest points.
Jacoby, standing at 6-foot-7, 300 pounds, was the prototype of the modern NFL tackle. Size is now of the utmost importance, and one could argue that Jacoby was one of the first to use his length as a strength. Jacoby’s Pro Football Hall of Fame eligibility was recently exhausted, when he was robbed yet again in the voting process. But Redskins fans know he belongs.