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33. Dexter Manley

Dexter Manley came to Washington as a Fifth Round Pick from Oklahoma State, and on the field, he would quickly exceed expectations.


Manley won the starting Right Defensive End job during his rookie season, and he helped the Redskins win their first Super Bowl the following year. After that, Manley became one of the game's premier pass-rushers, totaling at least 11 Sacks in each season from 1983 to 1986, culminating in an 18.5 Sack season in 1986.  That year, Manley was named a First Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl for what would be the only time in his career.  Manley played three more seasons with Washington and helped them win their second Super Bowl (XXII)

Unfortunately, Manley had an addiction to cocaine, and while playing for the Redskins he failed three drug tests and was suspended for most of 1990.  When he did return, it was with the Phoenix Cardinals, but he failed another test and was suspended for good.

Regardless of how his career sputtered at the end, Manley is one of the best pass-rushers in franchise history, and he had 91 Sacks (plus 6.5 unofficial) for Washington.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defensive End
  • Acquired: Selected in the 5th Round, 119th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/28/81.
  • Departed:

    Signed with the Phoenix Cardinals as a Free Agent after the 1989 Season.

  • Games Played: 125
  • Notable Statistics:

    113 Games Started
    2 Interceptions
    -1 Interception Return Yards
    5 Fumble Recoveries
    29 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    97.0 Quarterback Sacks*
    68 Approximate Value

    *Sacks were not an official stat until the 1982 Season but were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.

  • Played For: Washington Redskins
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XVII & XXII)
    First Team All-Pro (1986)
    Pro Bowl (1986)

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