Mark Robert Rypien (born October 2, 1962) was a U.S. (Canadian-born) football player. He was the quarterback at Washington State University, then turned pro before graduating.
Mark Rypien was a standout college quarterback at Washington State and a Super Bowl MVP for the Washington Redskins, he was a standout basketball, football and baseball player at Shadle Park High School, where he played against Gonzaga Prep and John Stockton.
‘‘It seemed like I'd always get stuck guarding him,” Rypien recalled of his basketball matchups against Stockton. ‘‘And the one thing I remember was how quick he'd release the ball when he shot it. I figured I'd be doing a heck of job shadowing him from backcourt to forecourt and all the way to a position where he was going up for a shot.
‘‘It was like, `Don't worry, I'll be right there with him.' But by the time I jumped in the air, he had already released the ball, and it was over with. It was frustrating. I always thought I did a great job
against him, but then I'd look in the paper in the morning, and he'd have 24 or 26.”
Rypien on Stockton: ‘‘I was talking to Michael Jordan about John Stockton, and he said, `You love to play with him, but you absolutely hate to play against him.'
‘‘He said, `That little son of a bitch could set picks with his wiry, bony body that could literally wipe you out.' Which I think is a lot of respect, coming from the greatest player in the world.”
‘‘Looking at him in street clothes, you never him feared him. Not for a minute. But when he crossed the line and got on a basketball court, he made you immediate appreciate his competitive desire and love of the game.”
Jeff Bostic strongly defends 'Redskins' - Washington Post
Washington Post (blog)
The longtime Hog — one of the greatest offensive linemen in team history — was playing in Mark Rypien's charity poker tournament on Thursday charity golf tournament on Friday when Jake Russell asked about the team name issue. “Let's get down to the ...
GM Bruce Allen excited about start of OTAs, not focusing on Griffin rehab
Washington Post (blog)
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said on Friday just before teeing off at the annual Mickey Steele Celebrity golf tournament hosted by former quarterback Mark Rypien in Queenstown, Md. Allen said he was happy with how the team's draft picks did ...
Gibbs: Winning Division Title 'A Huge Deal' - Washington Redskins
Perhaps more impressively, Gibbs found his title-winning quarterbacks in the Canadian Football League (Joe Theismann), the United States Football League (Doug Williams), and the sixth round of the NFL draft (Mark Rypien). “You don't get it done with ...
New Yorker (blog)
New Yorker (blog)
As far as heroes of Redskins lore go, Dietz would seem to fall somewhere very far behind the likes of George Allen, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien. Last week, the Redskins Web site ran a video interview with Stephen Dodson, a chief in the Aleutian ...
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