17 Interesting Facts About WSU Cougars And Washington Redskins Quarterback Mark Rypien


Mark Rypien was a star quarterback for the WSU Cougars in the 1980s. He would come out of college and eventually earn two Super Bowl rings and a Super Bowl MVP award with the Washington Redskins. He had a long career and is well respected by both Redskins fans and fans of football in general.

Here is a look at some interesting and fun facts about quarterback Mark Rypien.

    -Mark Rypien was born in Canada.

    -He is the first Canadian born player to start at quarterback in the NFL and also to win the MVP of the Super Bowl.

    -Mark Rypien was born on October 2nd, 1962 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    -The Washington Redskins drafted Rypien in the 6th round with the 146th pick of the 1986 NFL Draft.

    -Although he played the bulk of his career with the Redskins, Rypien also appeared on the rosters of several other teams including the Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, and Seattle Seahawks.

    -In 2006, Mark Rypien played one game as a promotional venture with the Rochester Raiders of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League.

    -He appeared in both the 1989 and 1991 NFL Pro Bowls.

    -Mark Rypien was named as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins.

    -During his NFL career he threw 115 touchdown passes and 88 interceptions.

    -His full name is Mark Robert Rypien.

    -He graduated from Shadle Park High School in Spokane, Washington. After retiring from the NFL, he and his family still call Spokane their home.

    -Mark Rypien was a member of Delta Tau Delta while in college at Washington State University.

    -Mark Rypien’s last NFL touchdown came while he was with the Eagles. It happened in the fourth quarter, went for eight yards, and was caught by Irving Fryar in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

    -Only five NFL quarterbacks have ever had a 300 yard game in their first game in the league and Mark Rypien is one of them.

    -His last NFL action was in 2002 as a member of the Seahawks. He played in two preseason games but was cut before the regular season started.

    -While with the Redskins, Rypien played in the 1992 Kemper Open PGA Tour event.

    -His last interception in the NFL was while he was with the St. Louis Rams.

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