You'd think a 32-year-old quarterback who already has played 10 seasons in the NFL, already taken more than his share of lumps and already been through at least his share of mental anguish would reach a point when he says: enough.

Not Gary Hogeboom.

Signed by the Washington Redskins because Mark Rypien injured his left knee in Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, Hogeboom arrived at Redskin Park yesterday and confidently announced he is coming off one of his best training camps, is healthy and capable of playing well if the Redskins need him Sunday against the Phoenix Cardinals.

He even accepts the fact that his considerable experience means nothing more than a chance to earn a few more paychecks.

"There are no guarantees," he said. "I'm here on a week-to-week basis. If I perform, I stay. If I don't, I'm gone. That's the way it is around the NFL, and that's fine with me."

Now follow closely:

Rypien was injured in a game against Dallas, the team with which Hogeboom began his NFL career in 1980.

Hogeboom saw his first significant playing time against Washington, the team Dallas was playing in the 1982 NFC championship game when Danny White was injured.

Washington signed Hogeboom just six days before it plays Phoenix, the team that most recently employed him.

Phoenix's coaching staff -- the one that didn't want Hogeboom to be a part of its youth movement -- is headed by former Washington offensive line coach Joe Bugel. Its offensive coordinator is Jerry Rhome, a former Washington quarterbacks coach whose proteges include Rypien.

If Hogeboom can stay with the Redskins through their 15th game -- a distinct possibility now that Rypien will be sidelined for six to eight weeks -- his career will have come full circle (or, in his case, full figure eight). Washington's opponent in that 15th game is the Indianapolis Colts, the team that acquired Hogeboom from Dallas in 1986, then allowed him to go to Phoenix as a Plan B free agent in 1989.

"I did see that," Hogeboom said with a smile. "It's a small world. Even smaller -- Rod Dowhower {the Redskins' quarterbacks coach} was the coach that took me out of Dallas and to Indianapolis."

Dowhower was the Colts' head coach when they acquired Hogeboom from Dallas as part of a deal to switch positions in the second round of the 1986 draft. For that single act, which ended Dallas's Hogeboom-White controversy, Dowhower is "definitely high on my list of people," Hogeboom said.

"Ever since he got me out of Dallas, I was always grateful to him. He was the only reason I got out."

After the 1982 NFC championship game, the third consecutive NFC title game the Cowboys had lost with White as starter, support for Hogeboom began to grow. But it wasn't until after the 1983 season, when the Cowboys lost with White in the NFC wild-card game, that Hogeboom got his chance. He started the first 10 games in 1984 and Dallas went 6-4. He was benched in favor of White, and started only two more games for the Cowboys before Dowhower came to the rescue.

"It was just a situation where one of us had to leave and I felt it should have been me," Hogeboom said. "I had a good six years in Dallas, don't get me wrong. I still have a lot of good friends down there. But there comes a time in your career when you have to make a decision to move on. I felt that way. Strongly."

Hogeboom feels just as strongly about the circumstances behind his departure from the Cardinals in their final cut before this season.

"It was tough at first," he said, "because what was told to me all along was, 'Just sit in the background, you'll get your reps and you'll be on the team -- don't worry about it.' Then that happens. But that's the nature of the business."

In with the new -- in the Cardinals' case, 23-year-old Timm Rosenbach and 24-year-old Tom Tupa -- out with the old.

"They wanted to go with two quarterbacks," Hogeboom said. "They were going in a different direction, and I was the one out. But my arm is strong. I feel that offense, and the one here, is an excellent offense for my abilities. Combine that with completing a lot of passes, moving the team and doing what they ask you to every time you're in there, I thought I had one of my best training camps this year."

Despite all of that, Hogeboom said he bears no particular ill will toward the Cardinals.

"I'm not a vengeful person," he said. "It's just happens to be that they're our opponent and I want to win this week."

So, on the other hand. . . .

"I know their offense inside and out. And I know a lot about their defense. And I'm a Redskin now."