Redskins Best Ever Poll Series: Outside Linebacker

The Redskins Best Outside Linebacker is next up in our Redskins Best Ever poll series.  The polls will run for one week.  You can vote on our Main Page poll and in our Redskins Community.  In addition, we have limited the choices to four players so we can include our Twitter followers via a Twitter poll. So far, we have completed Safety and Inside Linebacker.  To see those results, you can go to our Best Ever Series Page.

This poll should be a bit different from prior polls.  There are several outstanding Redskins outside linebackers and perhaps we will see a more evenly split vote, as compared to Defensive Tackle, in which Dave Butz garnered over 85% of the vote.  Considering the Redskins have had some really outstanding Outside Linebackers, this poll will include SIX nominees, instead of four or five.  Here are the nominees for Best Ever Redskins OUTSIDE LINEBACKER.

CHUCK DRAZENOVICH:  Drazenovich played for the Redskins from 1950 to 1959.  He played outside and inside linebacker.  Over his nine-year career, Drazenovich played in 113 games and intercepted 15 passes and recovered 9 fumbles.  During the 1950s, Drazenovich was the anchor of the Redskins’ defense and was elected to four Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors. He was voted the Redskins’ Most Valuable Player in 1957.

CHRIS HANBURGER:  Hanburger played his entire, exceptional career for the Redskins, a career that spanned from 1965 to 1978, after being selected by the Redskins in the 1965 NFL Draft.  During that span, Hanburger played in 187 games.  He tallied 19 career interceptions, including 2 touchdowns, and recovered 17 fumbles, with 3 touchdowns.  During that career, Hanburger racked up 9 Pro Bowls and 4 All Pro selections.  Hanburger was well-known throughout the NFL as a game changing player.  He was enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2011.

WILBUR MARSHALL:  Marshall had a career that spanned from 1984 to 1995.  He played in Washington from 1988 to 1992.  Throughout his career, Marshall tallied up 1,020 career tackles, 23 interceptions, 24 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 45 sacks in 179 games.  In his five seasons in Washington, 621 tackle, 12 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, and 24.5 sacks.  Marshall played in 80 games with the Redskins and during that span he never finished a season below 100 tackles.  He went to three Pro Bowls.  Marshall has two Super Bowl rings (1985 Bears, 1991 Redskins)

KEN HARVEY:  Harvey played in the NFL from 1988 to 1998.  He played in Washington from 1994 through 1998.  During his career, he tallied up 164 game splayed and recorded 763 tackles, 89 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, and 1 interception.  During his career with the Redskins, he tallied 326 tackles, 41 sacks, and 13 forced fumbles.  He was selected for 4 Pro Bowls, all while a Washington Redskins.  His first year in DC, Harvey recorded 13.5 sacks to lead the League.

MONTE COLEMAN: Played a long career with the Washington Redskins.  His career spanned from 1979 to 1994, all in DC.  Over that career, Coleman played in 215 games, recorded 1,002 tackles, 43.5 sacks, 17 interceptions, 3 touchdowns, 2 forced fumbles, and 14 fumble recoveries.  His 43.5 sacks ranked 4th in team history.  He appeared in four Super Bowls with the Redskins (1982, 1983, 1987, and 1991)

RYAN KERRIGAN:  Kerrigan is a current Washington Redskin and climbing up the franchise history statistical charts.  Drafted in 2011, Kerrigan has already appeared in 2 Pro Bowls.  In his 6 year career so far, Kerrigan has played in 96 games and recorded 240 tackles, has picked off 2 passes and has 2 touchdowns, has forced 19 fumbles, recovered 2 fumbles, and has 58.5 sacks already.  In his 6 year career, the lowest sack total he recorded was his rookie season when he tallied 7.5 sacks.   He has a career total of 58.5 sacks, which is only eclipsed in franchise history by Dexter Manley and Charles Mann.  Kerrigan’s 8th sack of this season, allowed him to join the ranks of Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, Demarcus Ware & Reggie White as only men to have 7.5 or more sacks in their first six seasons.

You can vote for your choice right here on the main page in  our poll.  You can also enter into the discussion right here in our Redskins community.  We welcome your dialogue.