To answer the question on every football fan’s mind: yes, Denver Broncos starting quarterback Brett Rypien is related to former Redskins star Mark Rypien.
The younger Rypien, an undrafted quarterback from Boise State, is Mark’s nephew. Brett is starting for the Broncos in place of veteran journeymen Jeff Driskel — the Week 3 starter — and Blake Bortles.
Can Brett do for the Denver Broncos what Mark once did for the Washington Redskins? Meet both quarterbacks, one of whom even won a Super Bowl.
Brett Rypien is Denver’s new starting quarterback
Denver is already on its third starting quarterback through three full weeks of play. Broncos fans, understandably, may be missing Peyton Manning and his starting streak right now.
The newest Broncos quarterback is Brett Rypien, a second-year man out of Boise State. An undrafted free agent who signed with Denver in 2019, Rypien completed eight of his nine passes for 53 yards and an interception in a 28-10 loss to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.
Rypien saw preseason action in 2019 and spent most of the year on Denver’s practice squad.
Rypien impressed in his four years starting at Boise State. Standing 6 feet 2 inches and weighing 208 pounds, Rypien completed 64% of his passes for 13,578 yards, 90 touchdowns, and 29 interceptions in 50 games.
Fans shouldn’t expect to see Rypien dominate on the ground, as he averaged negative rushing yards and scored three rushing touchdowns. Rypien did, however, catch three passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Mark Rypien was a star quarterback in Washington
Older football fans will definitely remember Mark Rypien, a Pro Bowl quarterback who spent most of his career with the Washington Redskins.
A sixth-round pick in 1986, Rypien completed 56.4% of his passes for 14,928 yards, 101 touchdowns, and 75 interceptions in 77 games (72 starts) for the Redskins. Rypien went 45-27 in those starts and made two Pro Bowls.
Rypien also completed 54.5% of his passes in the postseason for 1,699 yards, eight touchdowns, and nine interceptions across seven postseason starts in Washington.
Luckily for Washington, Rypien went 5-2 in those starts and led the Redskins to a victory in Super Bowl 26. Rypien’s performance (18-of-33 for 292 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception) earned him Super Bowl MVP honors.
Mark Rypien has advice for Brett Rypien
Brett Rypien has a chance in Week 4 to become the second member of his family to win an NFL game.
In an interview with ESPN, Mark Rypien explained the advice he would give his nephew before the start.
“One of the things he needs to do, or to be asked to do, is manage the game and make decisions — quick decisions. I’ve always been a huge advocate of when you’re in the scoring territory, you have to be able to secure the ball and get points. I think he understands. … The good ones are the ones who make plays and slow the game down.”
The good news for Rypien is his first true test is against a terrible Jets team. Although Denver opened the season with three straight losses, they can at least use injuries — to everyone from quarterback Drew Lock to iconic pass-rusher Von Miller — as an excuse.
The Jets, on the other hand, are in total freefall. Rypien can certainly take advantage of that fact and leave East Rutherford, N.J., with his first career victory.