There are a few #16's out there worth considering. There are a few that I simply don't know enough about to passionately argue for on this list. I'll put some of these out there, and you can decide.
Stan Humphries: The Redskins drafted him in the '98 draft. With Rypien sidelined in 1990, he came in and played seven games for us, amassing just over 1,000 yards and 3 TDs. As a Redskin, he did not amount to much. After he was traded to the Chargers however, he became a six-year starter, during which the Chargers won 62% of their games. Humphries led the Chargers into the playoffs three times, and got into the Super Bowl in the 1994 season.
Norm Snead: Norm (NORM!) was a #2 overall pick for the Skins and played in D.C. for three seasons. He is notable because he was the man the Redskins traded to Philly to get Sonny Jurgensen. I like these kinds of players (a la Jay Schroeder and his Jim Lachey credit.)
Richie Petitbon: He wore #16 as a Redskin, playing safety in 1971 and 1972. He played in Super Bowl VII and was a member of George Allen's "Over the Hill Gang", a group of older players that Allen collected to win now rather than later. Petitbon's biggest contribution to the Washington Redskins was obviously as defensive coordinator under Joe Gibbs. His ability to prepare his unit during the week was strong, but that staff's halftime adjustments are of course legendary. While it is somewhat of an unfair comparison, it is worth noting that Joe Gibbs' second stint in town did not include the same kind of halftime magic as the first tour of duty. I am willing to attribute at least some of that to the coach that Petitbon was and his intimate knowledge of his system and personnel.
Steve Slivinski: A two way player in the late 30's/early 40's, Slivinski contributed to the Redskins' 1942 NFL Championship. I would be ecstatic if anyone out there had a great Steve Slivinski story.
Babe Laufenberg: Wasn't the Babe #16? I won't include him in the vote due to me not being 100% on that, as well as his current and longstanding affiliation with the Cowgirls. But he was a preseason legend for the Skins. It always seemed like he would come in the game and bring the team back from behind to a big win, but he never really played in the regular season and was released by the Skins after a few seasons.
Rodney Peete: Really in town for nothing more than a cup of coffee in 1999, Peete is most notably one of the first of many stud QB's to come out of USC. He preceded Leinart, Palmer, and Sanchez (to name but a few) as stars from that program. He lost the Heisman to Barry Sanders, but he beat Troy Aikman's UCLA squad in both of opportunities (this I respect a great deal).
There you have it. Today's mission: choose our #16.
I was able to get a jpeg of the book on Kevin's shelf that has the most wear and tear of any book I have ever seen. Seriously, priests don't have Bibles that have seen as much action as Kevin's Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen book collection. The bent corners were one thing, but the highlighted sections just creeped me out. Anyway...thought it seemed fitting for today's post:
Who should be our #16?
Stan Humphries (56 votes)
Norm Snead (27 votes)
Richie Petitbon (156 votes)
Steve Slivinski (14 votes)
Rodney Peete (16 votes)
269 total votes