Penn State is known as “Linebacker U” for producing players like Jack Ham, Shane Conlan and LaVar Arrington, but in the past decade another program has vied for the title.
The University of Miami has a proud linebacker history with Ray Lewis, Dan Morgan, D.J. Williams, Rocky McIntosh, and Jon Beason all becoming productive pros.
On Friday, the Redskins signed free agent Darryl Sharpton, another member of the Miami linebacker fraternity. Sharpton told Larry Michael he looks to carry on the proud tradition of Hurricanes in Washington, including his old college teammate Leonard Hankerson.
“It’s definitely very comforting knowing that I have former teammates on this team,” Sharpton said. “Former great Miami Hurricanes have come through here, Clinton Portis and Rocky McIntosh and some other guys. It’s a real honor to kind of continue some of the great things they did for this organization, and I look forward to it.”
Al Sharpton is Darryl Sharpton’s second cousin, but the linebacker said he calls him uncle.
Sharpton told Michael he was indeed related to the activist and that he visits with him about once a year. He said he remains close with Sharpton’s daughters, who have already congratulated him on signing with Washington.
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.