Linebackers Harold McLinton, Marcus Washington, and Marvcus Patton were all solid contributors during their stints with the Redskins. But no #53 in Washington history contributed as much as center Jeff Bostic.
Bostic was an undrafted free agent out of Clemson in 1980, becoming the Redskins’ starting center in Joe Gibbs’ first season of 1981. Bostic was a big part of the legendary Redskins offensive line of that era, helping the Hogs lead Washington to its first Super Bowl title during the 1982 season.
Bostic was named All-Pro in 1983, as the Redskins made it to the Super Bowl again. Bostic was also the starting center when Washington won Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XVI. Like his Hog brethren, Bostic earned induction into the Redskins Ring of Fame. He was also named one of the 70 Greatest Redskins during the team’s celebration of its 70th anniversary.
Bostic was instrumental to the success of the offensive-minded, Gibbs-led Redskins teams of the 80s and early 90s, including the 1983 and 1991 teams, both of which led the NFL in scoring.
Three Super Bowl rings, an All-Pro selection, and being honored as one of the best in team history: Not bad for a guy who couldn’t even get drafted.
There’s no question in my mind that Jeff Bostic is the greatest #53 in Redskins history.
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