The big story last week was that the Redskins landed wide receiver DeSean Jackson days after he was released by the Eagles. But before the ink was dry on his three-year, $24 million contract, the conversation turned to what number he would wear in Washington.
Jackson was No. 10 with the Eagles, but Redskins franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III wears the number. Ultimately, Jackson settled on No. 11, welcome news to Mark Rypien, the former Redskins quarterback who once sported the number.
“We're very blessed to have a guy of his talent come around,” Rypien told the Washington Post over the weekend. “He is flat-out talented. I hope he takes this opportunity and makes the most of it. I'm not one to sit here and say, ‘He did this; he did that.' I'm thinking, ‘What can you do now? What are you going to do now? What will you do next?'”
And No. 11?
“That number is huge,” Rypien, the Super Bowl XXVI MVP, continued. “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.”
Other Redskins to wear No. 11 since: Casey Weldon, Patrick Ramsey, Mike Espy, Devin Thomas and Aldrick Robinson.
And now Jackson, who faces considerably bigger expectations, including a specific request from Rypien.
“Help us get to another Super Bowl.” he said. “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.”