Richie Petitbon, the Redskins long-time defensive coordinator who helped the team win three Super Bowls, will be inducted into the Redskins Ring of Fame this month.
“We’re just ecstatic,” owner Daniel Snyder said.
The team announced Petitbon as its newest inductee at an afternoon news conference Thursday at Redskins Park. He’ll be formally honored during the halftime of the Redskins’ final home game of the season, Dec. 24 against Minnesota.
“This is really great honor for me, a surprising honor, so to speak,” Petitbon said.
“To be included with the great coaches and players that are up there, I find it very difficult to imagine going in something like that,” Petitbon continued.
Petitbon, a four-time Pro Bowl safety, played the final two seasons of his career in Washington as part of George Allen’s “Over the Hill Gang” in 1971-72. He returned to the Redskins as a secondary coach under Jack Pardee in 1978. Petitbon served as defensive coordinator under Joe Gibbs for the franchise’s glory days, which included eight playoff appearances and four division titles.
When Gibbs left football for a first time in 1993, Petitbon succeeded him as Redskins’ head coach, but he didn’t last long. Petitbon served as coach for only the 1993 season, as the Redskins finished 4–12 and Petitbon was quickly replaced with Norv Turner.