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Mark Rypein


Mark Rypein is suing the NFL over memory problems he has related to concussions he suffered during his NFL playing career. Not to make light of his condition, but I hope he forgets soon after looking in the mirror that he looks like a flamboyantly gay classical musician.

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Sunday, April 1, 2012

Categories: Look it's Billy Bob Thornton!


Old Redskins Park Autographs Part 2

Back in the day Redskins Park used to offer 8×10 B&W’s of the players for $2.00 (if I can remember correctly.) I’m not sure if this is still offered today and I’m not sure if B.J. still works there, but if she does…she’d be the one to tell you if they do. B.J. was/is the long time receptionist at Redskins Park and would be an awesome interview, Matt Terl? She’s probably got more stories than the players, coaches and front office combined. Below are some of my B&W’s.

Greatest KR in the history of the NFL. Look closely at this picture…there’s so much to love. He’s working the pinky ring, gold watch and a Redskins gold medallion necklace!

Darrell’s got one of the greatest smiles I’ve ever seen, I think his smile could cover most of the WR’s in the NFL today…not to mention that at age 50 he’s still faster than most players in the NFL.

The mullet, the stache. If you never got to play the Donnie Warren game with Fatpickle and Porkboy…then you missed out, that game and Donnie will live forever!

Doug was always awesome with me…not sure what happened here?

In Gus we trust! Does Gus not look like he could be a cast member of Jersey Shore?

Back in the mid 90′s I wanted to promote a fight, Ken Harvey vs. Greg Lloyd. As a matter of fact, I’d like to see that fight right now! Ken is one of the nicest guys on earth…and he could kill you with his bare hands.

Love KB, he rushed for over 4K yards in 3 seasons with USFL.

Yes, Ricky once wore #46. He also had 193 receiving yards in Super Bowl XXII…168 yards in the 2nd quarter alone. Awesome guy!

If you’ve ever been to the Ice House in Herndon, Va…then you’ve been to my Grandmother’s old bar. It used to be Margaret’s Inn and it was a place many Redskins visited in the late 70′s to blow off steam and drink a few beers. Riggo knew my Nanny well.

Mark was on IR the year he signed this picture, with one of those mysterious injuries that would come up late in the preseason. Gibb’s young QB’s always came up with those phantom injuries back in the day. Give them a clipboard and make them wear an ugly sweater until they’re ready to play. Anyway, he was healthy enough to sign this picture and toss the nerf football around with me.

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Categories: Redskins

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Oct 1-2 Happy Bday Mark Rypien & Alvin Garrett

Happy birthday Mark Rypien. Mark played 8 seasons with the Redskins from 1986-1993. After sitting out the 86-87 seasons on the injured list, Mark finally got his chance to play in 88’ and played well…throwing 18 TD’s in 9 games (only 6 starts.) Mark had a Pro Bowl season in 89’ when he threw for 3,768 yards and 22 TD’s as well, but things really came together for Mark and the Redskins during the 91’ season. The 91’ Skins were one of the greatest teams in the history of the NFL and Mark was the MVP of the team. He passed for 28 TD’s and 3,564 yards on the way to his Super Bowl MVP performance. Mark’s 91’ stats would have been even more impressive had the Redskins not won 12 games by more than 13 points. Mark ranks among the top 5 all time in most of the Redskins passing records. Mark also had an impressive 45-27 record as a starter in DC.

Mark went thru something I could never imagine as a parent of a young child, he lost his son Andrew to cancer at the age of three. Since retiring from the NFL in 2001 (when Mark spent the season backing up Peyton Manning) Mark has devoted his life to the Rypien foundation. His foundation is devoted to help families who have children fighting cancer. I recall watching a game later in Mark’s career when he played for the Rams. He happened to be playing the Redskins that day, and he played the game with a shaved head…as a sign of support for his son Andrew. Mark played well, throwing for 347 yards in a losing cause. I remember feeling inspired by him that day…even more so than that wonderful 91’ season.

My 4-year-old son was sick with a flu like virus last week and it broke my heart as he vomited and felt terrible for 48 hours. He’d ask if the ginger ale would make his tummy all better…like immediately better, and I felt helpless to try and help him. He’s all better now, but many children are not. My son has a little friend in his class named Stevie who has attended pre-school with my son for the past 2 years. Stevie went to the hospital a couple weeks ago with pain in his shoulder. The doctors originally thought he had an infection, but the test came back that Stevie has cancer. Stevie is now in the hospital receiving chemo and fighting this horrible disease. We need to find a cure for this disease, please donate your time or hard earned money to get us closer.

As a fan of the Redskins, Mark will always have a place in my heart. I appreciate his effort on the field and will never forget playing catch with him one beautiful day long ago at old Redskin’s Park. Happy 47th Mr. Rypien.

Happy birthday Alvin Garrett. Alvin played 4 season from 1981-84’. Alvin’s stats from that time are not too impressive; he only caught 27 balls for 343 yards and 1 TD in 31 games. But, Alvin had an amazing run in the 82’ playoffs filling in for an injured Art Monk. In 4 playoff games that year Alvin had 15 catches for 242 yards and 5 TD’s plus 3 carries for another 46 yards. Alvin was also well known for Howard Cosell’s famous call on Monday night football. Happy 53rd Mr. Garrett.

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Categories: Fatpickled, Happy Birthday!, Redskins

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