The Top 10 Washington Commanders of All-Time

The Top 10 Washington Commanders of All-Time

The Top 10 Washington Commanders of All-Time

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The Washington Commanders, formerly the Washington Resdskins, is an iconic franchise. It is one of only two Original 1932 NFL teams, the other being the Chicago Bears, with a rich charter history full of hall-fame players from numerous rosters throughout their storied past. Over the years, many players have impacted this franchise and become part of football folklore. The following provides a look at the top 10 greatest players to help build what will eventually be Washington's newest legacy, highlighting their achievements and longevity with the franchise.

1. Sammy Baugh, QB (1937-1952)

Accomplishments:

  • 6-time First-Team All-Pro
  • NFL Champion (1942)
  • 2-time NFL MVP (1947, 1948)
  • Pro Bowl selection (6 times)

Impact and Legacy: Sammy Baugh, known as Slingin' Sammy, transformed the position of quarterback with his superior throwing skills and abilities to punt. Baugh had a lasting impact on the Washington Football Team franchise, and his legacy lives up to that of one of the best NFL quarterbacks ever.

2. Charley Taylor, RB/WR/KR (1964-1977)

Accomplishments:

  • 8-time Pro Bowl selection
  • NFL Champion (1972)
  • 3-time First-Team All-Pro
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1984)

Impact and Legacy: He made the Pro Bowl in four straight years and earned a First Team All-Pro honor. Taylor's Hall of Fame credentials lock up a spot on Mount Rushmore/ He's one of this franchise's most electric talents to wear burgundy and gold.

3. Darrell Green, CB (1983-2002)

Accomplishments:

  • 7-time Pro Bowl selection
  • 2-time Super Bowl Champion
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1996)
  • Pro Football Hall of Famer (inducted 2008)

Impact and Legacy: Darrell Green was among the most athletic players in NFL history. His incredible durability and dedication to performance standards cemented him as a lasting franchise figure. Green's Hall of Fame career and legacy as the architect for some of Washington's most successful teams in franchise history will forever solidify him into one of its all-time greats.

4. Art Monk, WR (1980-1993)

Accomplishments:

  • 3-time Super Bowl Champion
  • 3-time First-Team All-Pro
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2008
  • NFL receptions leader (1984)

Impact Legacy: Art Monk poured sure-handed receptions and clutch performances to become one of the most fundamental pieces in Commanders' history during their great runs.

5. Joe Theismann, QB (1974-1985)

Accomplishments:

  • Super Bowl Champion (XVII)
  • NFL MVP (1983)
  • 2-time Pro Bowl selection

Impact and Legacy: Quarterback Joe Theismann's leadership helped lead Washington to a Super Bowl victory and ultimately insert his name in the franchise's record books. He was one of the most iconic quarterbacks to ever play for Washington. His grit and success with a very bad team during his career in that position.

6. Doug Williams, QB (1986-1989)

Accomplishments:

  • Super Bowl MVP (XXII)
  • 2-time Super Bowl Champion
  • Pro Bowl selection (1987)

Impact and Legacy: Doug Williams in Super Bowl XXII's historic triumph against Dan Reeves' Denver Broncos. His status as the first African-American quarterback to guide his team to a Super Bowl win firmly and permanently entrenches him in the history books of this franchise.

7. Sean Taylor, S (2004-2007)

Accomplishments:

  • 2-time Pro Bowl selection
  • First-Team All-Pro (2007)

Impact and Legacy: One of the finest players in Commanders history, a ferocious safety player who played with abandon, Taylor is fondly reposted for his big hits. His tragic departure is one of the biggest losses in franchise history and makes him a legend among Washington Commanders.

8. Russ Grimm, OL (1981-1991)

Accomplishments:

  • 3-time First-Team All-Pro
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • Super Bowl Champion (XVII)

Impact and Legacy: Russ Grimm epitomized the hard-nosed, trench-battling style of football played by the Washington Commanders' championship-level offensive line. His importance in the team's victories and his long-lasting legacy on the offensive line can easily make him one of Washington Football's best linemen.

9. Mark Moseley, K (1974-1985)

Accomplishments:

  • NFL MVP (1982)
  • 2-time First-Team All-Pro
  • Super Bowl Champion (XVII)

Impact and Legacy: Mark Moseley's scoring prowess and historic selection in the 1982 NFL MVP vote recognize him again as one of the greatest special teams players who faced up for the Washington Commanders.

10. Tress Way, P (2014-present)

Accomplishments:

  • Pro Bowl selection (5 times)
  • First-Team All-Pro (3 times)

Impact and Legacy: Tress Way's consistent punter play has made him one of the best special teams players in franchise history. His legacy and contributions will never be forgotten, which is why he deserves to go down as one of the greatest players in franchise history.

 

The Washington Commanders have been home to many legendary players who have forever cemented their place in the franchise annals. From groundbreaking quarterbacks to dominant defensive stalwarts and stellar special teams performers, these individuals' contributions have shaped this franchise's legacy and left an indelible mark on the history of football. They are more than just numbers; they represent what commanders football means, so they stand as the two greatest performers in team annals.





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