The best -- as I see it! Part VI: the linebackers

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Ken Harvey played for the Redskins for a total of 5 years. In that time he played in four Pro Bowls (1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997). He played in 74 games for the Redskins garnered 41.5 sacks, 376 tackles and 65 assists. His honors include:

 

1994 — Pro Football Weekly 1st team all-conference

1994 — United Press International 1st team all-conference

1994 — Associated Press 2nd team all-NFL

1995 — Pro Football Weekly 1st team all-conference

1995 — United Press International 1st team all-conference

1995 — Associated Press 2nd team all-NFL

1996 — United Press International 2nd team all-conference

 

Sam Huff is in the Hall of Fame, but remember that he played for the New York Giants a good number of years before joining the Redskins. He became known as the prototypical National Football League middle linebacker thanks to a segment on “The Twentieth Century” Television Show with Walter Cronkite. In that show Huff was shown playing the game with commentary from Cronkite and others. He played for the Redskins only from 1964 through 1969. He played in one Pro Bowl during his career with the Skins. He played in 66 games and garnered 12 interceptions and 1 touchdown. His honors during his Redskins years:

 

1964 — Sporting News 1st team all-conference

1965 — Sporting News 1st team all-conference

 

Wilbur Marshall played 80 games for the Redskins during a span of 5 years. He played in three Pro Bowls (1986, 1987, 1992). He was named first team all-pro twice (1986, 1992). He achieved 24.5 sacks and 12 interceptions as well as 621 tackles. In 1991 alone he got 5 interceptions. His honors include:

 

1986 — Pro Football Weekly 1st team all-conference

1986 — United Press International 1st team all-conference

1986 — Associated Press 1st team all-NFL

1986 — Pro Football Writers 1st team all-NFL

1986 — Newspaper Enterprises Association 2nd team all-NFL

1986 — Pro Football Weekly 1st team all-NFL

1987 — Pro Football Weekly 1st team all-conference

1987 —United Press International 2nd team all-conference

1991 — United Press International 1st team all conference*

1991 — Associated Press 2nd team all-NFL*

1991 — Newspaper Enterprises Association 2nd team all-NFL*

1992 — Pro Football Weekly 1st team all-conference*

1992 — United Press International 1st team all-conference*

1992 — Associated Press 1st team all-NFL*

1992 — Pro Football Writers 1st team all-NFL*

1992 — Newspaper Enterprises Association 1st team all-NFL*

 

* As Redskin

 

Harold McLinton had a 10 year career with the Redskins. He played in 127 games and collected 4 interceptions and 1 touchdown during his career. I do remember one play McLinton was involved in. I guess it was in 1969. The Redskins were playing the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. I happened to be attending a university in St. Louis at the time and went to that game. McLinton laid out a Cardinal with an unbelievable hit the refs called a clothesline. He was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness. 

 

Neal Olkewicz had a 11 year career with the Redskins. During that time he played in 150 games and amassed 12 sacks and 6 interceptions. 

 

LaVar Arrington is not part of the list of the 70 Greatest Redskins but the list was created before Arrington actually started to play. He had a 6 year career with the Redskins during which he played in 78 games, garnered 22.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 321 tackles with 76 assists. He played in three Pro Bowls (2001, 2002, 2003). In 2001 he ran back an interception 67 yards. And no one can forget that interception he returned for a TD to beat the Carolina Panthers. His honors include:

 

2001 — Pro Football Weekly 1st team all-conference

2001 — Associated Press 2nd team all-NFL

2002 — Pro Football Weekly 1st team all-conference

2003 — Pro Football Weekly 1st team all-conference

2003 — Associated Press 2nd team all-NFL

 

Marcus Washington is still playing but his numbers already make him worthy for review. He has played in 58 games with the Redskins and has collected 19.5 sacks and 184 tackles. He played in one Pro Bowl (2004).

 

So, there you have it. The nominees for the best Redskins linebacker. 

 

 

And The Winner is … 

 

Chris Hanburger

Chuck Drazenovich

Wilbur Marshall

Ken Harvey

LaVar Arrington

 

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