The Best Washington Commanders Linebackers of All Time

Over 300 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Washington Commanders Linebackers of All Time

Big fan of Washington football? Then check out this list of Washington Commanders linebackers with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting linebacker from throughout Washington Commanders history, including current linebackers and past ones. An important part of the Washington defense, the LB position includes middle or inside linebackers and outside (strong side or weakside) linebackers. Featuring 2022-2023 Commanders and some of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, the best Commanders LBs include Mason Foster, Marcus Washington, Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, and Rocky McIntosh.

Who are the best linebackers in Washington Commanders history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Washington Commanders starting linebacker.

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  • London Fletcher

    Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

    London Levi Fletcher (born May 19, 1975) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at John Carroll, and signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 1998. Fletcher also played for the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only five players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber.
  • Chris Hanburger

    Chris Hanburger

    97 votes

    Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965


    Christian G. Hanburger, Jr. (born August 13, 1941) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) who played his entire fourteen-year career with the Washington Redskins from 1965 to 1978. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
  • Wilber Marshall

    Wilber Marshall

    82 votes

    Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

    Wilber Buddyhia Marshall (born April 18, 1962) is an American former college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for five teams from 1984 until 1995. Marshall played college football for the University of Florida, was twice recognized as a consensus All-American, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He was selected in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and played in Super Bowl XX. Marshall later was part of the Super Bowl XXVI-winning Washington Redskins team, and also played for the Houston Oilers and Arizona Cardinals before finishing his career with the New York Jets.
  • Ryan Kerrigan

    Ryan Kerrigan

    117 votes

    Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

    Patrick Ryan Kerrigan (born August 16, 1988) is a former American football outside linebacker and defensive end who played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Purdue, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American as a senior, and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Kerrigan played the majority of his career as an outside linebacker in the 3–4 defense, where he is the all-time NFL leader in consecutive starts by a left outside linebacker. He is also Washington's all-time leader in sacks and forced fumbles, recording 95.5 and 26 of them respectively during his 10 years with the team. Kerrigan played a single season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021 and retired the year after.
  • Monte Coleman

    Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980

    Monte Leon Coleman (born November 4, 1957) is a former American football linebacker who played for sixteen seasons with the Washington Redskins from 1979 to 1994. He is currently the head football coach for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
  • Ken Harvey

    Ken Harvey

    59 votes

    Seasons: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

    Kenneth Ray Harvey (born May 6, 1965) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He currently works as a fitness trainer for space tourists and a sports writer for The Washington Post.