Redskins pick Petitbon for Ring of Fame

Redskins pick Petitbon for Ring of Fame
December 15, 2011, 5:38 pm
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Richie Petitbon, a former Redskins player, defensive coordinator and head coach, will be inducted into the teams Ring of Fame at halftime of the Redskins game against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 24."This is a great honor, and a surprising one," Petitbon said when his selection to the Ring of Fame was announced on Thursday afternoon.
It was in his role as defensive coordinator that Petitbon earned his credentials for the honor. He held the job from 1981 to 1992 under Joe Gibbs for the Hall of Fame head coachs entire first tenure with the team. Petitbon generally did not have top talent to work with, but his defenses were good enough to help the Redskins appear in four Super Bowls, winning three. When Gibbs unexpectedly retired after the 1992 season, Petitbon was named the head coach. He started off well with a Monday night win over the defending champion Cowboys at RFK Stadium. The team ended up 4-12, and Petitbon was fired at the end of the season. He went into coaching after a 14-year career as a safety with the Bears, Rams and Redskins. Playing in Chicago from 1959 to 1968, he made three Pro Bowls and was selected as an All-Pro once. One of the defensive coordinators in Chicago was George Allen, who brought him to the Rams in 1969. When Allen came to the Redskins in 1971, Petitbon was one of several Rams who joined him. He retired after the 1972 season.