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42. Mark Rypien

The career of Mark Rypien is an interesting one, but as much as some people could say that he was lucky, he was also very good when needed to be.


Rypien's ascent to starting Quarterback of Washington was slow, to say to the least.  After being drafted in the Sixth Round from Washington State in 1986, Rypien was on injured reserve for his first two years before finally being on the roster as the third-stringer behind Jay Schroeder and Doug Williams.  Rypien might have started the season at number three, but Schroeder was ineffective and traded, and Williams got hurt.  This allowed Rypien to start six games, going 3-3, and showing skill to unseat Williams in 1989.

It was the right decision, as Rypien went to the Pro Bowl that season, and again in 1991, where he took Washington to a 14-2 record and a league-leading 14.3 Yards per Completion.  The Redskins won the Super Bowl, with Rypien winning the MVP for the game with a 292 Yard and two Touchdown performance in the win.  He had a good year in 1992, but a knee injury made him ineffective in 1993, and he was released after the season’s end.

Rypien might not have felt like a star, but he did what was needed, and he threw for 15,928 Yards with a 101-75 TD-INT Ratio.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Selected in the 6th Round, 146th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/30/86.
  • Departed:

    Released after the 1993 Season.

  • Games Played: 77
  • Notable Statistics:

    73 Games Started
    1,244 Pass Completions
    2,207 Pass Attempts
    56.4 Pass Completion Percentage
    15,928 Passing Yards
    101 Passing Touchdowns
    75 Interceptions
    80.2 Passer Rating
    110 Rushing Attempts
    151 Rushing Yards
    8 Rushing Touchdowns
    54 Approximate Value

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

    Super Bowl Champion (XXII & XXVI)
    Second Team All-Pro (1991)
    Pro Bowl (1989 & 1991)
    Super Bowl MVP (XXVI)
    Most Yards per Completion (1991)

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