Clark catches Pro Bowl spot, as do 3 other Redskins Green, Lachey, Byner also named

December 20, 1990|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent

HERNDON,VA. — HERNDON, Va. -- Wide receiver Gary Clark hopes it was good omen for the Washington Redskins that he ended his two-year Pro Bowl drought yesterday.

Clark, who ranks fourth in the National Football Conference with 68 catches, was one of four Redskins selected for the NFC team.

The others were cornerback Darrell Green, who made it for the fourth time; offensive tackle Jim Lachey, named for the second time; and running back Earnest Byner, selected for the first time.

The teams are selected by the National Football League's players.

Last year, defensive lineman Charles Mann, whose three-year string was broken this year, was the only Redskin to be voted to the team, although quarterback Mark Rypien was a late addition because other quarterbacks were injured.

Clark was named to the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1987, the previous two times Washington made the playoffs. The Redskins went to the NFC title game during the 1986 season and won the Super Bowl during the 1987 season.

"You never know, it could be an omen and we'll get back again," Clark said.

Clark and Art Monk have had similar seasons, but Clark has better numbers -- 68 catches for 1,012 yards to Monk's 58 catches for 658 yards.

Last year, no members of the Posse -- Clark, Monk and Ricky Sanders -- made it, even though they all had 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

At that time, Clark said that if one member of the Posse made it, he would bring the other two to Hawaii for the game.

"I felt I wasn't going to make it, and I thought Art would definitely make it [last year]," Clark said, smiling.

Clark said he'll take receivers coach Charley Taylor and his wife to Hawaii, but said Monk and Sanders can go to Hawaii on their own if they wish.

"They make enough money," he said jokingly. "They can take themselves."

Byner made it with a late-season rush, gaining 157, 121 and 149 yards the past three games to boost his total to 1,031, second in the NFC to Barry Sanders, who has 1,148 for the Detroit Lions.

Green, who didn't make the Pro Bowl last year, when he was sidelined the second half of the year with a broken wrist, said he felt he had his best season.

He said he feels he is a complete player after being "all reaction and speed" in his early years.

Green said he hasn't lost any speed, and has gotten faster at 30 because of his workout program. He said he ran the 40-yard -- in 4.3 seconds in his early years, but was down to 4.1 this year. He said he thinks he can play six more years.

Lachey said, "I think it's always important to get recognized by your peers."

The Redskins said that Monk, Mann and Wilber Marshall were worthy of Pro Bowl consideration, but all were victimized by their lack of numbers.

Marshall, a Pro Bowl player in Chicago before he signed a $6 million deal with Washington, hasn't made it in any of his three seasons as a Redskin.

He said it's "no big deal," because he's not called on to rush the passer in the Redskins system and has just four sacks. Outside linebackers usually are judged on sacks, and Marshall lost out to Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants (9 1/2 sacks), Charles Haley of the San Francisco 49ers (15) and Pat Swilling of the New Orleans Saints (10).

Mann, whose sack total dropped from 9 1/2 last year to 5 1/2 , said: "I'm disappointed, but I figured two or three weeks ago that I wouldn't make it. I think I played well and I think people respect me around the league, but they only pick three guys [Reggie White of the Philadelphia Eagles, Chris Doleman of the Minnesota Vikings and Richard Dent of the Chicago Bears], and I can't take anything away from them. They deserve it."

White has 13 sacks, Dent 12 and Doleman 10.

Los Angeles Raiders running back Bo Jackson was named to th American Football Conference team as a reserve and probably became the first athlete to be chosen for all-star games in two sports. If Jackson, Most Valuable Player of baseball's 1989 All-Star Game, plays in the Pro Bowl, he would have only a few weeks off before reporting to spring training with the Kansas City Royals.

Lawrence Taylor was selected for a record 10th time in 10 years, although the league counts only the balloting since the 1970 merger.

NOTES: RB Gerald Riggs, who is on injured reserve, returned to practice yesterday and looked good, but isn't likely to be activated this week. . . . The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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