Pro Football Hall of Fame Weekend
These Three 'Skins
Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs (left) welcomes two Redskins greats, receiver Art Monk and Darrell Green (right), at the Legends Dinner on Friday night. Gibbs, Monk and Green combined to win eight Super Bowls.
The Pride of Kingsville
Darrell Green was far from a household name when the Redskins took the Texas A&M-Kingsville cornerback at No. 28 overall in the 1983 draft -- one spot after Dan Marino. Twenty seasons later, Green would stand as the club's all-time interceptions leader (54).
Let Me Hear Ya
Hall of Famer Darrell Green incites the pro-Redskins crowd at Fawcett Stadium upon his initial introduction. In his 20 years in the league (1983-2002), Green often held the title of "NFL's Fastest Man."
Rock Of Gibraltar
Not only is Hall of Famer Gary Zimmerman one of the greatest tackles in NFL history (eight-time All-Pro, seven Pro Bowls, two Super Bowls, one Super Bowl title). But the Oregon product is easily the greatest offensive tackle in USFL history, as well (L.A. Express, 1984-85).
The Distinguished Gentleman
Hall of Famer Fred Dean was twice blessed in his 11-year NFL career: He played for two perennially contending franchises (Chargers, 49ers), he was a two-time All-Pro and he helped the 49ers capture two Super Bowls (1981, 1984).
Emmitt Thomas now walks amongst the other Hall of Famers -- including 12 legends from the Chiefs alone. In his distinguished 13-year career, Thomas amassed 58 interceptions (ninth on the NFL's all-time list), made five All-Star teams, earned three All-Pro nods and won one championship -- Kansas City's monumental upset of Minnesota in Super Bowl IV.
Hall Of A Sackmaster
In his day, Andre Tippett was the AFC's version of Lawrence Taylor. As a fercious outside linebacker with the Patriots, Tippett feasted on opposing linemen and swallowed up quarterbacks -- to the tune of 100 career sacks, ranking 21st all time.
Hall of Famer John Elway (Class of '04) watches intently as longtime Broncos teammate Gary Zimmerman gets his Hall call. Elway won two Super Bowls and threw for 51,475 yards in 16 NFL seasons.
In Great Company
Gary Zimmerman has become the 32nd offensive tackle (in the modern era) to earn a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Best Of His Era
Art Monk retired from the game as the NFL's all-time leading receiver in 1995. The Hall of Famer spent 14 of his 16 seasons with the Redskins, winning three Super Bowls.
Darrell Green caps the day's festivities with a heartfelt, tear-driven speech. Green and Emmitt Thomas are the 18th and 19th cornerbacks to make the Hall of Fame.