Buying an NFL jersey can do more than just show your dedication for your favorite player or team. A jersey is a physical bond between you and your team, a monument to your fandom and a memento that can evoke fond memories of your childhood.
The Washington Redskins are fortunate to have a long history of success. Iconic players such as Darrell Green and John Riggins, while long since retired, can still be seen by the thousand at FedEx Field on the backs of diehard fans.
Super Bowl champions aren't the only players whose names grace the backs of the Redskins faithful.
A younger generation grew up with names like Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley. Although these players may not have attained the long-lasting success of their predecessors, their solid play and wild off-the-field antics cemented their place in the heart of many Redskins youth.
Here are just some of the great Redskins jerseys you may have owned as a child growing up.
There are few that epitomized the Washington Redskins' tenacious attitude more than John Riggins.
Drafted in 1971 by the New York Jets, it wasn't until 1976 that Riggins came to know Washington as home. Riggins would spend his remaining nine years with the Redskins, ending his career as their all-time rushing leader with 7,472 yards while donning the burgundy and gold.
Riggins helped bring home the first of Washington's three Super Bowl titles. He was named the MVP of Super Bowl XVII after an unbelievable 38 carries for 166 yards. Riggins' 43-yard touchdown run to seal the victory will remain one of the most iconic Redskins moments of all time.
In 1992, 10 years after bringing Washington it's first Super Bowl, Riggins was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Loved for his workmanlike approach to the game, John Riggins' ability to fight through tackles and pick up key first downs earned him the adoration of fans young and old.
While many kids grow up idolizing the star quarterback or running back, there are always some who appreciated the sack as much the touchdown pass. If you were one of those kids growing up in D.C. in the 1980s, you probably own a Dexter Manley jersey.
Manley was drafted in the fifth round but immediately became a terror for opposing quarterbacks. Even though sacks weren't recorded as an official stat until his second year in the league (1982), Dexter Manley still racked up 91 for his career.
Playing in Washington D.C., it's no wonder he was dubbed "the secretary of defense."
Many players are adored by their fans. Chris Cooley is loved by his.
He wasn't the fastest or strongest tight end out there, but Cooley's determination and sense of style quickly made him a fan favorite. While he may never make it into the NFL Hall of Fame, he won't soon be forgotten by Redskins faithful.
Chris Cooley gave his fans more access to his life than most by posting videos, photos and updates to his blog, the Cooley Zone. Whether it was videos about the benefits of carrots or poking fun at Tony Romo, Cooley formed a strong bond with his fans by sharing his personality and wit.
Although he hasn't officially retired, it looks as though his playing days are at an end. He signed back on with the Redskins last year but only recorded a single catch. Many are now hoping Cooley can stay with the Redskins and join Larry Michael and Sonny Jurgensen in the broadcasting booth on Sundays.
There are many fast players in the NFL. Nobody was faster than Darrell Green.
Green played his entire career with the Redskins after being drafted at the end of the first round in 1983. Green was known for his speed, but he also possessed great hands, intercepting 54 passes over his illustrious career.
Darrell Green wasn't just an all-time great, he was also a pillar of durability, playing until he was 42. In his last 10 seasons, he only missed three games.
Inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2008, Green will be forever remembered as not only one of the greatest Redskins, but one of the best cornerbacks to ever play the game.
When the blockbuster trade of Clinton Portis for Champ Bailey was announced, there were many who were skeptical of the move. After Portis' first run, a 63-yard touchdown, there were far fewer skeptics.
While Portis wasn't drafted as a Redskin, he did end his career as one. Rushing for 9,923 yards in his career, Portis' 1,516 yard season in 2005 was the most by any Redskin until Alfred Morris last year.
Clinton Portis is also one of the more colorful characters the Redskins have had. After several victories, Portis would don the weirdest of outfits and create personas to match. Dolemite Jenkins, Sheriff Gonna Getcha, Southeast Jerome and many others showcased Portis' eccentric personality and endeared him to fans and media alike.
One of the Redskins' greatest quarterbacks, Joe Theismann helped deliver the Washington Redskins their first Super Bowl championship, cementing his place in Redskins history.
Theismann would go on to become the 1983 NFL MVP and take the Redskins back to the Super Bowl, although they were defeated by the Oakland Raiders. Less than two years later, he was involved in one of the more gruesome injuries that cut his career short.
Theismann is now a broadcaster for the NFL and has expressed his desire to join the team of Larry Michael and Sonny Jurgensen as part of the Redskins broadcasting team, according to Pro Football Talk. It will be interesting to see if the Redskins decide to go with either Theismann or Cooley to replace Redskins legend Sam Huff in the broadcasting booth next year.