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Helmets Off

Nov 29, 2017

There is a fraternity of NFL quarterbacks.  Helmets Off host Scott Mitchell interviews fellow QB Mark Rypien.  Check out his charity at

Mark won a Super Bowl for the Washington Redskins during an era where there was no free agency.  Mark remembers what it was like to spend years with a team and spend a lot of time with them on and off the field.  That's changed now.

Scott knows there is a lot of value in continuity with players.  He saw it with Dan Marino at the Miami Dolphins.  Gary Clark and Art Monk both had different strengths that Mark had to learn.  Ricky Sanders was a good complement to them, and Mark and Doug Williams were able to see a lot of success.  It was the first time in NFL history three wide receivers would have a 1,000 yard season.

Scott remembers that in Miami they invented the back shoulder fade because they had a really tall receiver who did well under cover.

Mark was a sixth round pick to the Washington Redskins.  His first interaction with Joe Gibbs was over the phone.  Gibbs coached three different quarterbacks to three different Super Bowls, so that's a big opportunity for a young QB.

Mark is a Washington State alumn, which is in the PAC 12 with Scott's Utes.  

Mark is from Canada.  He's lived most of his life here, won the Super Bowl for the Washington Redskins, and feels American.  But he auctioned a tour of Air Force One for his foundation only to discover that he wasn't allowed on the plane!  US Citizens only.  Mark has a good sense of humor about the whole thing.