A while back on a crowded train in the city, I passionately recalled my favorite Redskins throughout childhood with a fellow fan. Do you remember Ladell Betts? That dude was a beast. What about Carlos Rogers? He could NOT catch a football for the life of him.We laughed together and rattled off roughly 50 former Skins, some more obscure than others (I’m looking at you — John Beck).
We chuckled at the fact that at one point the running backs on our roster were Clinton Portis, Shaun Alexander, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker at the same time.
Fast forward to this past Sunday — where I sat on my couch enjoying America’s favorite sport. Something kept bugging me while watching T.V. It felt like every time Scott Hanson jumped to the action in another game, I would see a familiar name. Wait a second… Lorenzo Alexander is still in the league?
This got me thinking; it’s about time to investigate former Redskins that are still active in the league today:
- Brian Orakpo — Tennessee Titans
The ultimate workout warrior out of Texas, I still get goose bumps watching his Sports Center’s Profile before the draft.When he dropped to us at pick #13, I was beyond ecstatic. Osackpo is one of my favorite Redskins of all time and if it weren’t for a few injuries, I think he would still be with us.
Since leaving he has been a premier player. Entering his 4th season with the Titans, he’s compiled 24 sacks and 6 forced fumbles.
2. Lorenzo Alexander — Buffalo Bills
The mental image I have of Lorenzo Alexander is him getting juked out of his shoes by Michael Vick for a TD in that MNF blowout, which I unfortunately witnessed in person. He later did this in the same game.
I hold the “One Man Gang” in high regards. A blue collar, do it all player for the Skins, what he has accomplished since leaving in 2012 surprised me.
After bouncing around the league for a few years, Alexander found a home with the Bills and had a breakout season in 2016 where he accumulated 12.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, his first career interception, second –team All Pro honors, Defensive MVP of the Pro Bowl, and was ranked 91st by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players. Wow — Alexander is now entering his 14th(!!!) season.
3. Pierre Garcon — San Francisco 49ers
I wish the Redskins had chosen to resign this man in 2016. I will never forget RG3’s first career touchdown pass going 88 yards against the Saints. A feisty player, he looks ready to kill his opponent on every play — just watch. Garcon is entering his 2nd season with the 49ers.
4. Niles Paul — Jacksonville Jaguars
He is in his 1st season with the Jags.
5. Alfred Morris — San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Shanahan should trade for RG3 and bring back the 3 headed monster of Griffin, Garcon, and Morris. Do you think Alfred Morris is still driving a 1991 Mazda Sedan?
After 2 seasons with the bad guys, he is entering his first season with the 49ers.
6. Logan Paulsen — Atlanta Falcons
Goldie Locks, I mean Paulsen, recently signed a one-year contract with the Falcons. A forgotten man, I was stunned to watch him haul in his first touchdown since 2014 last week from Matt Ryan. Since leaving the Redskins in 2014, he has spent time with the Bears, 49ers, and the Falcons.
7. Jarvis Jenkins — Kansas City Chiefs
I bet you don’t remember this guy. A 2nd round pick in 2011 I was surprised to see him still in the league. He starred in perhaps the worst 10 minutes of television with Sounds of the Game mic’d up with the Chicago Bears in 2015. He didn’t show up in the stat box, but did a fantastic job of pumping up his teammates.
8. Josh LeRibeus — New Orleans Saints
I’ll go ahead and say it — I don’t like Josh. We wasted a 3rd round pick on this clown who during the 2013 offseason in training camp, came in 30 pounds overweight and was listed as inactive for the entire season.
He must’ve figured it out because now he protects Drew Brees entering his 2nd season with the Saints.
9. Derek Carrier — Oakland Raiders
After tearing his ACL and MCL in Week 14 against the Chicago Bears, I didn’t think I would see Derek again, yet his name popped up on TV during the Raiders vs. Browns game. Look at the deals this guy has signed:
After his injury, he signed a 2-year, $2.4 million contract with the Rams and recently inked a 3-year, $5.5 million contract in 2018 with the Raiders, including $1.9 million guaranteed. This guy is getting PAID to be a 3rd string tight end with 14 catches since 2015.
Right on, Derek.
10. Aldrick Robinson — Minnesota Vikings
Perhaps the biggest surprise of all on my list: the speedy Aldrick Robinson. I was NOT expecting to see Aldrick Robinson in last Thursday night’s game between the Vikings and Rams. Even more surprising were his 2 receptions for 2 touchdowns from Captain Kirk. A perfect game!
P.S. — I knew Kirk would blow the game with a turnover on the would-be game winning drive.
Kyshoen Jarret — Coaching intern working with defensive backs and special teams with the Redskins. Kimberley Martin with The Washington Post has a terrific article.
Brandon Banks — One of the best wide receiver’s and return specialists for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL. Watch him take a missed field goal 126 yards back for a touchdown.
Roy Helu — Apparently Helu holds the franchise record for most receptions in single game with 14. He also had a knack for hurdling and trucking defenders for TD’s.
LaRon Landry — Did you know LaRon has a pet monkey named Gucci?
Thank you for reading!
Also, a shout out to @billhorgan2005 on Twitter — who had the same idea as me while watching football! You can read his article here: https://www.hogshaven.com/2018/10/3/17922784/the-5-oclock-club-former-redskins-players-still-in-the-nfl