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Darrell Green was one of the best cornerbacks in the game, but also was one of the league's top punt returners.


Class of 2008


On Saturday, Aug. 2, the Class of 2008 will be formally inducted into the Hall. Earlier this year, they were measured for their bust and jacket sizes. They will be presented with their busts at the Hall of Fame ceremony.

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Darrell Green was one of the top cornerbacks in the league during his entire 20-year career with the Redskins. His consistency and durability were among his greatest attributes.

Green was a first-round selection of the Redskins and he scored on a 61-yard punt return the very first time he touched the ball in an exhibition game against the Falcons. He would go on to start every game for the Redskins during his rookie season and was the runner-up for the Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year award.

One of the most remarkable and talked about plays of his career came when he ran down Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett on Monday Night Football in 1983, proving that he was one of the fastest -- if not the fastest -- man in the NFL.

Green was remarkably durable. He returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown against the Bears in the 1987 playoffs -- with a broken rib -- as Washington pulled off the upset at Solider Field. He played the following week against Minnesota in the 1987 NFC Championship Game and forced Darrin Nelson to fumble as the Redskins defeated the Vikings, 17-10, to advance to Super Bowl XXII.

Green retired with a club-record 54 interceptions, scored six touchdowns, played in four NFC championship games, three Super Bowls (including two wins), was voted to seven Pro Bowls and was selected to the All-Pro team four times. Green also was selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

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