We have gone through our lists of top 12 NFL bobbleheads by position, we are now going through the top bobbleheads by team. We will now look at the top 5 bobbleheads from the Washington Redskins, who have one of the longest histories in the NFL, beginning pay in 1932. They have 5 total championships, 2 before the NFL-AFL merger, and 3 Super Bowls, so here is one bobblehead for each championship. If you have any comments or somebody you think deserved to be on the list please leave those in the comment section at the bottom!
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Joe Theismann – Quarterback 1974 – 1985
Joe Theismann helped the Redskins win their first championship in 40 years when Washington won Super Bowl 17 over the Miami Dolphins and made it back the next year but fell short against the Oakland Raiders. A two-time pro bowler and the NFL MVP for the 1983 season, Theismann is probably best known for the injury to his leg that ended his career when Lawrence Taylor sacked him on November 18, 1985. Since then Theismann has enjoyed a long broadcast career, mostly with ESPN.
Champ Bailey – Cornerback 1999 – 2013
Although playing the majority of his career in Denver, Champ Bailey became one of the greatest defensive backs in the game while playing for Washington. A 12-time pro bowler, Champ Bailey was named to the 2000’s NFL All-Decade Team and was chosen to be part of the NFL Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2019. He currently holds the NFL record for most passes defended with 203 and had the most interceptions in the league in 2006.
Clinton Portis – Running Back 2002 – 2010
The man that was traded to the Redskins for Champ Bailey was Clinton Portis. His very first carry with Washington went for a 64-yard touchdown, but there were some adjustments that had to be made from switching offensive systems and joining Joe Gibbs power running system. With the exception of the 2006 season, in which Portis was hampered by injuries all year starting in the preseason, he rushed for at least 1200 yards in the other 4 seasons to start with Washington, after running for over 1500 yards in each of his two seasons in Denver. Portis was named the AP Offensive Rookie of the year in 2002 and reached the Pro Bowl in 2003 and 2006.
Robert Griffin III – Quarterback 2012 – present
Oh, what could have been. Robert Griffin III set the league on fire in his rookie season, by setting rookie records for highest passer rating, as well as the highest touchdown to interception ratio, while winning the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Griffin became the youngest quarterback to ever achieve a perfect rating in a game, later passed by Marcus Mariotta. He lead the Redskins to the division title and their first playoff appearance in 5 years, but was injured in that game and was never able to regain that magic with Washington. He had one more good year with Washington in 2013, before being benched for Kirk Cousins in order to save him from being injured again, but early in the 2014 season Griffin suffered from a dislocated ankle, and despite coming back later in the season the Redskins finished 2-5 in games started by Griffin and 4-12 overall. Currently the back-up to similar style quarterback Lamar Miller in Baltimore, there may still be time for Griffin to have another shot, but it is doubtful that the magic of his first year will ever happen again.
Kirk Cousins – Quarterback 2012 – present
The other quarterback drafted in 2012 by the Washington Redskins, Cousins was initially drafted to be the backup to Robert Griffin. With Griffin’s injuries, however, Cousins was pushed into the starting roll in 2015, where he would stay until signing a big contract with the Minnesota Vikings after playing 2 years under franchise tags with the Redskins. He threw for over 4,000 yards and had at least 25 touchdown passes in each of his 3 years as the Redskins starting quarterback.
With a rich history, there are many great stories from the Washington Redskins. Not all ended in success, but that is sometimes the way it goes in the NFL. What players would you like to see with their own bobblehead? Let me know in the comments below!