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Quarterback Option

Heath Shuler fizzled as a top Redskins draft pick. Now he wants to return to D.C. as a congressman

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Washington Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler in 1994.
Washington Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler in 1994.
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By L. Jon Wertheim

In the 19 games Heath Shuler spent taking snaps for the Washington Redskins in the mid-1990s, the team went 4--15. His quarterback rating during that time was a subterranean 58.3. Routinely, the fans at RFK Stadium booed Shuler, the third pick in the 1994 NFL draft, more lustily than they did any opposing player. With a track record like that, you'd think the guy would never want to work in D.C. again. Yet Shuler has designs on returning to town when the 110th U.S. Congress convenes in January.  ... To get immediate access to this complete story you must be a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED magazine subscriber. If you are not currently a subscriber, see below for a special offer.

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