A debate sparked last week between two of my closest. One side argued that Sean Taylor was the best Redskins player to ever emerge from Florida, the other side said Santana Moss. This went on and on sporadically throughout the night until decided to intervene and prove them both wrong. Two things happened that night; 1) I am no long welcomed at my friend's cookouts, and 2) I decided to do some homework and see who the best Redskins player All Time hailed from each state. Did I get it right? Anything I missed? Take a look and see if you agree.
Alabama - Chris Samuels, Mobile, AL & Dave Butz, La Fayette, AL: The first state alphabetically was too hard a choice, so I went with Chris Samuals and Dave Butz. Both Alabama representatives have one All-Pro appearance to their credits and are on the Redskins Greatest 80 list.
Alaska - Mark Schlereth, Anchorage, AK: Mark "Stink" Schlereth anchored an all time great offensive line, made his first Pro Bowl and won a Super Bowl in 1991. He went on to win two more with the Broncos in '97 & 98'.
Arizona - Trent Murphy, Scottsdale, AZ: After two years of shuffling positions and general frustration, the Scottsdale native broke out in 2016, compiling nine sacks and three forced fumbles. It remains to be seen what the team plans on doing with Murphy when he returns from his four-game suspension, especially with a loaded outside linebacker position, but Murphy is finally displaying the potential the team envisioned when they spent a second round pick on him back in 2014.
Arkansas - Monte Coleman, Pine Bluff, AR & Bobby Mitchell, Hot Springs, AR: Another choice too tough to make. Monte Coleman spent 16 years in the burgundy & gold and won three Super Bowls. Bobby Mitchell was traded from the Browns to the Redskins broke the franchise's color barrier in 1962 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.
California - Charles Mann, Sacramento, CA: The Californian won three Super Bowls and still ranks second only to Dexter Manley's 91 in franchise sacks (82). He is in the Redskins Ring of Fame and was named the the Redskins 70 Greatest list.
Colorado - Bill Brundige, Holyoke, CO: Was a stalwart member of some great 1970s Redskins defensive units. His claim to fame is being the guy that blocked Garo Yepremian's kick that was returned for a touchdown in Super Bowl VII.
Connecticut - Jordan Reed, New London, CT: Currently the best receiving tight end in football and if he can stay healthy at just 27 years old, is on a steep upward trajectory to be an all time great player for this franchise.
Delaware - Rick Donnalley, Wilmington, DE: Really not much to choose from, here. Rick Donnalley started 20 games at center in the mid 80s.
Florida - Wilbur Marshall, Titusville, FL: I really wanted to put Sean Taylor or Santana Moss here. I really, REALLY did. But I couldn't leapfrog the great Wilbur Marshall. Taylor will live on in Redskins lore for all time and Moss is a top five Redskins receiver, but Marshall won a Super Bowl in '91, was two time All Pro and is just one of three Redskins ever to be named NFC DPOY in 1991.
Georgia - Earnest Byner, Milledgeville, GA: After getting ran out of Cleveland, Earnest Byner revived his career in Washington. The Peach State native was a second team All-Pro & led a dominant running attach en route to Super Bowl XXVI. He also spent four years as the Redskins running backs coach between '04 - '07.
Hawaii - Kurt Gouveia, Honolulu, HI: The Flyin' Hawaiian appeared in 130 games, including two Super Bowls wins, with the Redskins and was inducted into the Polynesian Hall of Fame in 2014
Idaho - Jimmy Faris, Lewiston, ID: Caught exactly ONE pass for 18 yard in 2005, but as far as Redskins born in the land of Napolean Dynamite goes, he's the best we've got.
Illinois - Kirk Cousins, Barrington, IL: The current (& hopefully long-term) signal caller for the squad. In two years as a full-time starter, Captain Kirk has smashed almost every single-season quarterback club record. Cousins is already one of just six Redskins with over 1,000 career completions with the team. Can you name the other five without looking it up? Answer is at the bottom of the page.*
Indiana - Ryan, Kerrigan, Muncie, IN: Ryan Kerrigan is the Redskins modern day iron man, never missing a game or start in his six year stint in the NFL. He is already third in Redskins career sacks (58.5) and should he stay on his current pace, will own the franchise record midway through the 2020 season.
Iowa - Brandon Scherff, Dension, IA: Already one of the best interior linemen in the game. Earned his first Pro Bowl trip in 2016. Has plenty more in his immediate future.
Kansas - John Riggins, Centralia, KS: CRANK UP DAT DIESEL! The Hall of Famer is probably this franchise's most recognizable player and the beneficiary of its most iconic play; the game-sealing touchdown run in Super Bowl XVII. He is a Hall of Famer & on the 1980s All-Decade team.
Kentucky - Joe Jacoby, Louisville, KY: The heart & soul of the Hogs. Three time Super Bowl champion. Its criminal that he is not yet in the Hall of Fame.
Louisiana - Brian Mitchell, Leesville, LA: The NFL record holder in total return yards (19,013), kickoff return yards (014,014) & punt return yards (4,999). His 9 punt return touchdowns is third all time trailing only Devin Hester & Eric Metcalf.
Maine - Will Montgomery, Brunswick, ME: Will Montgomery had himself a productive career as Redskins, starting 57 games at center over six seasons.
Maryland - Byron Westbrook, Fort Washington, MD: Surprising not a lot of Redskins players actually born in Maryland to choose from. The DeMatha product spent five years with the Redskins, chipping in as a reserve cornerback and special teams ace.
Massachusetts - Wayne Millner, Roxbury, MA: Sammy Baugh's favorite target caught two long touchdown passes in the Redskins first championship game victory in 1937. He is on the 1930s All-Decade Team and the Redskins Ring of Fame.
Michigan - Paul Krause, Flint, MI: Krause spent most of his career with the Vikings, but got his start with the Redskins, earning two Pro Bowls and two All-Pros in his four years in Washington. His 81 career interceptions is still an NFL record.
Minnesota - Chip Lohmiller, Woodbury, MN: Lohmiller spent seven years as the Redskins kicker, earning a Super Bowl ring in 1991. He trails only Mark Moseley on the career scoring list for the Redskins with 787 points.
Mississippi - Clinton Portis, Laurel, MS: One of Joe Gibbs' 2.0 first moves was trading for Portis, and he paid instant dividends, taking his first touch to the crib for a 68-yard touchdown. A fan favorite over his seven years as the Redskins running back, Portis is second to only Riggins on the Redskins all time rushing list.
Missouri - Ladell Betts, Kansas City, MO: Portis' backup was no slouch, either. Ladell Bett's was an underrated third down back for eight seasons. Betts' best seasons was in 2006 filing in for an injured CP. He started nine games and went for over 1,100 yards and four touchdowns and added 53 catches for 445 yards.
Montana - John Friesz, Missoula, MT: Slim pickings from Montana. Friesz played in four games at quarterback for the Redskins in 1994 in relief of Heath Shuler & Gus Frerotte.
Nebraska - Pat Fischer, St. Edwards, NE: Pat Fischer is tied for 18th all time in career interceptions (56) and played in a then-record 213 games at cornerback. He is a member of the Redskins 80 Greatest list.
Nevada - Vernon Fox, Las Vegas, NV: Probably best known as the guy that replaced Adam Archuleta and the guy that was eventually replaced by Laron Landry. He had 54 tackles and a pick in two years with the team.
New Hampshire - Kendall Reyes, Nashau, NH: By default, as the only player in could find born in New Hampshire, here is Kendall Reyes. Next.
New Jersey - Joe Theismann, New Brunswick, NJ: The best quarterback not named Sammy Baugh in franchise history. Theismann played 11 years for the Redskins, leading the team to its first Super Bowl victory. The 1983 league MVP is still the franchise's leader in passing yards (25,206) and completions (2,044)
New Mexico - Colt McCoy, Hobbs, NM: The most popular play on the Redskins (which we all know is always the backup quarterback). Doesn't have much notoriety here outside of going into Dallas and beating the Cowboys on a Monday night in 2014.
New York - Art Monk, White Plains, NY: My personal favorite Redskin and the greatest wide receiver in Redskins history. In 1984, he set the record for catches in a season (106). In 1992, he became the NFL's all time leader in catches (820). He is the Redskins record holder in yards from scrimmage (13,053), receiving yards (12,026), receptions (888) & consecutive games with at least one reception (164). Monk is the first player in NFL history to have at least one touchdown catch in 15 straight seasons. He's a three time Super Bowl champion, on the NFL's 1980s All-Decade team & a Hall of Famer.
North Carolina - Sonny Jurgensen, Wilmington, NC & Chris Hanburger, Fort Bragg, NC: Couldn't possibly choose between two great Redskins here. Sonny Jurgensen led the NFL in passing five times and is the quarterback on the 1960s All-Decade team. Hanburger was a nine time Pro Bowl linebacker, the DPOY in 1972 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
North Dakota - Andy Heck, Fargo, ND: Not much from North Dakota, but Andy Heck was the starting right tackle on the Redskins 1999 NFC East championship team.
Ohio - London Fletcher, Cleveland, OH: I would feel comfortable putting London Fletcher's name among the best Redskins defenders of the past quarter century. Fletcher made four Pro Bowls and was selected twice to All-Pro teams as a Redskin. He retired in after the 2013 having played in 256 straight games and starting 215 straight games, both of which are NFL records for linebackers.
Oklahoma - Stephen Alexander, Chickasaw, OK: The former second round pick caught 122 passes in his four years as a Redskins tight end and earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2000.
Oregon - Jerry Smith, Eugene, OR: Jerry Smith was prolific in an era when receiving tight ends weren't a norm in the NFL. Smith spent 13 years with the Redskins and caught 60 touchdowns in that span, which at the time was an NFL record for tight ends.
Pennsylvania - Larry Brown, Clairton, PA: Larry Brown is in the discussion with Portis & Riggins as the best running backs in franchise history. The Clairton native was the first Skins back to top 1,000 rushing in a season and was named league MVP in 1972. As the time of his retirement, Brown held Redskins records in rushing yards (5,875) & rushing touchdowns scored (35). No other player has worn jersey No. 43 in burgundy & gold since.
Rhode Island - Will Blackmon, Provodence, RI: The smallest state in the union has produced one of the teams biggest contributors of the past two seasons. Will Blackmon has started 16 games at cornerback and safety since 2015, recording four forced fumbles and three interceptions.
South Carolina - Stephen Davis, Spartansburg, SC: Stephen Davis went from Terry Allen's fullback to the team's starting running back in 1999. In that year, he broke the franchise record for rushing yards in a season with 1,405 yards on the ground. He broke his own mark two years later, rushing for 1,432.
South Dakota - Paul Laaveg, Sioux Falls, SD: Literally the only South Dakota player I could find, but a pretty good find nonetheless. Played in 72 games at guard for the Redskins in the mid 1970s and started in Super Bowl VII against the undefeated Dolphins.
Tennessee - Raleigh McKenzie, Knoxville, TN: Raleigh McKenzie was an integral part of two Redskins Super Bowl runs. After becoming a full time starter in 1986, McKenzie saw time at all five positions along the offensive front, mostly at guard and center. While McKenzie never made a Pro Bowl, his contributions were enough to earn him a spot on the Greatest 70 Redskins list.
Texas - Darrell Green, Houston, TX & Sammy Baugh, Temple, TX: Arguably the two greatest players in Redskins history both hailed from the Lone Star State. Among Sammy Baugh's long list of accolades are six times first team All-Pro, two time NFL MVP, four time NFL's passing yards winner and even leading the NFL in interceptions as a defensive back in 1943. He was a member of the 1940s All-Decade team, the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time team, a charter member of the NFL's inaugural Hall of Fame class of 1963 and is the only Redskin to have his number officially retired. Darrell Green decorated 20 year Redskins career included seven Pro Bowl appearances, four first team All-Pro selections and two Super Bowl victories. Like Baugh, Green was chosen as an All-Decade member. He was a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2008.
Utah - Derek Smith, American Fork, UT: Derek Smith was an immediate starter as a third round pick of the Redskins in 1997. Smith started 63 of 66 games at middle linebackers and recorded 274 tackles and five forced fumbles before leaving in free agency after the 2000 season.
Vermont - None: Not one player born in Vermont has ever made a Redskins gameday roster ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Virginia - Gary Clark, Radford, VA: Gark Clark is second to only Art Monk as the most productive wide receiver ever to wear the burgundy & gold. The Old Dominion State native made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pros. He had five 1,000 yard seasons & 27 100-yard games and for the Redskins. At the time of his retirement, he ranked in the top five in career receptions and receiving yards. He doesn't garner Hall of Fame consideration, but he certainly should.
Washington - Don Warren, Bellingham, WA: Don Warren wasn't known as a receiving tight end, only averaging 17 catches per season over his 14-year career with the Redskins. But he was a dominant blocker. As a charter member of the Hogs, Warren helped pave the way for some the this franchise's best rushing attacks and won three Super Bowls along the way. He earned a spot on the Redskins 70 Greatest Redskins list.
West Virginia - Sam Huff, Farmington, WV: After establishing himself as one of the NFL's premiere players on the Giants, Sam Huff came to Washington to finish his legendary career. The Hall of Famer only made one Pro Bowl in his five seasons as a Redskin, but helped deliver the team its first winning season in 14 seasons under Vince Lombardi in 1969.
Wisconsin - Rusty Tillman, Beloit, WI: Rusty "The King" Tillman was one of the NFL's first special team's aces. He served in a variety of crucial roles, including occasional kick and punt returner, during his career as the Redskins special teams captain. He is on the Redskins Greatest 70 list.
Wyoming - Chris Cooley, Powell, WY: Captain Chaos is one of the most beloved Redskins in recent memory. And he was a Hell of a player, too. Cooley went to back-to-back Pro Bowls in '07-'08. He surpassed Jerry Smith as the Redskins All-Time tight ends receptions leader in 2011 and finished his career with 429 catches.
Washington DC - Vernon Davis: In his first year with the Redskins, Davis proved he still has plenty of gas left in his tank and teamed with Jordan Reed to become the best tight end tandem in the NFL. The Dunbar High and U of Maryland alum caught 44 passes and 583 yards in 2016, both of which were high-marks for Davis since 2013.
* - Joe Theismann, Sonny Jurgensen, Sammy Baugh, Mark Rypien & Jason Campbell