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DeSean Jackson has a lot to live up to in Number 11

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Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien knows what an opportunity a receiver like DeSean Jackson can be.

He just wants to make sure Jackson understands the responsibility of wearing a legendary number.

OK, maybe legendary is a stretch.

That number is huge,” Rypien said, via Scott Allen of the Washington Post. “That’s my number. That number signified something. It signified being a Redskin, being a true team player. I’m going to hold you accountable for that number. I’m excited he’s here, but he’s also wearing my number. I hope he keeps it to a high standard.”

Of course, Rypien didn’t place the same kind of demands on Casey Weldon or Patrick Ramsey, or any other 11s since he won a Super Bowl in it.

“Help us get to another Super Bowl.” Rypien said when asked what that standard was. “Enough with just winning some games and being happy about that. We need to be held to a higher standard. Our guys need to win games, and go to the playoffs and win Super Bowls. Enough of the talk. Last season, there was big talk about us being the best team in the NFC East. You can do whatever you want on paper, but let’s get ‘er done, boys.”

On paper, the Redskins haven’t had a group of receivers like this one since Rypien was playing.

But until the new Number 11 comes through with a ring, the questions will remain.

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30 Responses to “DeSean Jackson has a lot to live up to in Number 11”
  1. rickastleydancemoves says: Apr 8, 2014 8:57 AM

    You know what I always remember? The Redskins are still the Redskins.

  2. JackedUpSports says: Apr 8, 2014 8:58 AM

    ur number’s tarnished, man

  3. rumblefsh9 says: Apr 8, 2014 8:59 AM

    A good start to that would have been to attend voluntary workouts. No way,vacation is more important. Welcome to your new nightmare.

  4. thefootballgodssay says: Apr 8, 2014 9:00 AM

    23 YEARS AND COUNTING

  5. jianningwu says: Apr 8, 2014 9:01 AM

    When I see #11 emblazoned in Burgundy and Gold, the wind whispers, “….Ryyypiennn…”

  6. jbowman374 says: Apr 8, 2014 9:02 AM

    Midget wide receivers, weak O-line, questionable QB and a sub par defense can only take you so far.

  7. ravenscallywag says: Apr 8, 2014 9:04 AM

    So what did Rypien have to say about Devin Thomas, who wore #11 before DeSean Jackson?

    Ironically, also the first of two players that the Redskins initially selected OVER DeSean Jackson.

  8. gumbogumbo says: Apr 8, 2014 9:05 AM

    Posting vacation pictures while his new teammates work out isn’t exactly what Ryan was hoping for. Good luck with MeSean hahaha

  9. athwartships says: Apr 8, 2014 9:05 AM

    “On paper, the Redskins haven’t had a group of receivers like this one since Rypien was playing.”

    –Now they just need a quaterback.

  10. gumbogumbo says: Apr 8, 2014 9:06 AM

    *Rypien

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 8, 2014 9:06 AM

    They still need a real QB like Rypien.

  12. n0hopeleft says: Apr 8, 2014 9:06 AM

    Still can’t hold a candle to the real #11, The Great Phil Simms.

    22 of 25…

  13. n0hopeleft says: Apr 8, 2014 9:08 AM

    In typical Redskins fashion, they signed Mark to a 3 year deal after that Superbowl victory, full well knowing that his knee and back were completely destroyed…

    That set the franchise back for years…

    Tell me again how anything has changed in the last decade?

  14. mikeevans2012 says: Apr 8, 2014 9:14 AM

    “Remember when, it’s the worst form of communication.”

    Anthony Soprano

    Tired of the nostalgia all the time, need the team to do well in this century!

  15. officialgame says: Apr 8, 2014 9:19 AM

    One’s are the loneliest numbers you will ever do.

  16. realitycheckbaby says: Apr 8, 2014 9:23 AM

    What? Redskins won a Superbowl?

  17. thefootballgodssay says: Apr 8, 2014 9:26 AM

    devin thomas has a super bowl ring with the NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS

  18. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Apr 8, 2014 9:32 AM

    Wow, look at that compact delivery. Flawless mechanics.

  19. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 8, 2014 9:38 AM

    cut rg and sign jeff garcia. with those wr, jeff will win the division and give SF and seattle a run for their money.

  20. mangy66 says: Apr 8, 2014 9:51 AM

    They don’t have Ryp’s offensive line either. That was the strength of that team.

  21. joetoronto says: Apr 8, 2014 9:57 AM

    “That number is huge,” Rypien said, via Scott Allen of the Washington Post. “That’s my number. That number signified something. It signified being a Redskin, being a true team player. I’m going to hold you accountable for that number. I’m excited he’s here, but he’s also wearing my number. I hope he keeps it to a high standard.”

    Is Rypien serious???

    He was as slow as molasses in july, he had one good year, 1991. That’s it, otherwise he stunk.

  22. crubenst says: Apr 8, 2014 10:00 AM

    Maybe if the Skins gave him a one year “prove it” deal he would fake it for a year, but 16 million gauranteed over 2 years only “gaurantees” Desean will still be the same old Desean.

  23. chaseutley says: Apr 8, 2014 10:05 AM

    Hey, everybody, Mark Rypien wants attention!

  24. matt4477 says: Apr 8, 2014 10:09 AM

    This team is about to do legendary things. Which is why the legends are speaking.

  25. sickoe47 says: Apr 8, 2014 10:41 AM

    What does RG”me” have to say about this?!

  26. mrdry14 says: Apr 8, 2014 1:03 PM

    They meant to publish this story on April 1.

  27. eddiek77 says: Apr 8, 2014 1:44 PM

    Rypien apparently suffered one too many concussions, as this commentarty would attest.
    The words “high standard” and “Redskins” haven’t really been in the same sentence since Billy Kilmer’s era.

  28. arkadyrenko says: Apr 8, 2014 1:46 PM

    “Hey, everybody! An old man’s talking!”

  29. vicvinegar00 says: Apr 8, 2014 7:28 PM

    Unfortunately for Rypien, Jackson is the type of player who would spit on his jersey.

  30. musicman495 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:28 AM

    Uh, Rypien was joking, folks.

    A classy guy and a Super Bowl MVP, with a daughter who plays QB on a Lingerie Football League team. How many other players can say all that?

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