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Time Machine: Outside Linebackers #ThrowbackThursday

By Mark Solway | September 29th, 2022

Welcome to the Time Machine! The Throwback Thursday feature that allows you to swap current players with former players. Today’s edition is for punters.

You can either choose to keep the current player that holds the roster spot, or you can fire up the flux capacitor and travel back in time in the Redskins Commandelorean, and pick up one of three players that played that position at some point.

Washington Time Machine

The current Washington outside linebacker is Jamin Davis. Davis was drafted in the first round (19th overall) last year and has been faced with some scrutiny this season from the coaching staff.

This is going to be a tough one. The three players available to you are:

Monte Coleman | Wilber Marshall | Chris Hanburger

Here is a little bit of information about each player:

Monte Coleman

Drafted out of Central Arkansas in the 11th round (289th overall), Coleman played sixteen glorious seasons for the burgundy and gold.

From 1979 to 1994, he logged 217 games – the second most games ever in franchise history to only Darrell Green. He is also one of just three Redskins to play sixteen seasons for the team. Green and Sammy Baugh being the other two.

He played in four Super Bowl games for Washington, and was a part of all three Redskins Super Bowls.

Over his career, he registered 43.5 sacks, 17 interceptions, and 3 touchdowns.

Wilber Marshall

Marshall was one of the most menacing defenders to ever play for Washington. He spent five of his 12 seasons as a Redskin after spending four successful seasons with the Chicago Bears. He won a Super Bowl with both teams (XX,XXVI) – two teams that many consider to be among the greatest teams to ever play football.

A consensus All-American at Florida, he was the Bears’ first round pick (11th overall) in 1984.

In his 179 career NFL games, he registered 1,043 tackles, 45 sacks, 24 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries, 23 interceptions and 4 defensive touchdowns!

Marshall was selected for three Pro Bowls, as well as being a two-time First Team All Pro (1986, 1992) and a Second Team All Pro (1991).

He is a member of the Florida Ring of Honor, the 100 greatest Bears of All-Time, and the 80 Greatest Redskins. He is also in the University of Florida Athletic Hall Of Fame.

Fun Fact: Marshall was given the nickname Steve Austin when he came to Washington. He was named so, after the 70s TV star of the $6 Million Man – which was the amount of the contract that Wilber signed. A very tidy sum for the time.

Chris Hanburger

Hanburger played his entire 14-year NFL career for the Redskins (1965-1978), after being drafted out of North Carolina in the 18th round (245th overall) of the 1965 Draft.

He was considered to be one of, if not THE best outside linebackers of his era. He was elected to NINE Pro Bowls (1966-1969, 1972-1976), as well as being a First Team All Pro five times (1969,1972,1973,1975,1976), and a Second Team All Pro once (1974).

He loved to clothesline opponents and thusly earned the nickname “The Hangman”.

In his 187 games, he registered 19 interceptions and 5 touchdowns. He recovered three fumbles for touchdowns – an NFL record at the time of his retirement in 1978. He captained the defense from 1973 to 1977 and called the defensive plays under George Allen.

All of that earned him a spot in the Redskins Ring OF Fame, as well as the 80 Greatest Redskins.

He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.


So who are you picking up in the Commandelorean? Make sure you visit our Twitter account, and tell us who you’d take.