Mark Rypien

Cast Member

Current Residence: Spokane, Wash.

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Home Course: Spokane Country Club, Spokane, Wash.; The Rim Golf Club, Payson, Ariz.; The Idaho Club, Sandpoint, Idaho


NFL Career:

Washington Redskins (1986-93); Cleveland Browns (1994); St. Louis Rams (1995, 1997); Philadelphia Eagles (1996); Indianapolis Colts (2001)

On the Field

- First foreign-born player (Canada) to earn Super Bowl MVP honors and the first Canadian-born quarterback to start in the NFL

- Two-time Pro Bowl selection (1989, 1991)

- Super Bowl XXVI MVP

- Two-time Super Bowl Champion (XXII, XXVI)

- 1991 NFC Offensive Player of the Year

- Member of “70 Greatest Redskins.”

 On the Golf Course

- 1 Handicap

- First professional athlete from another sport to compete in a PGA TOUR event at the 1992 Kemper Open

- Competed in the Tour’s Tri-Cities Open in 2000

- Nine career Top-10 finishes at the American Century Championship, including seven of the past nine years.  Champion in 1990

- Competed in the first stage of Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament in 2012, scheduled to compete again in 2013

About the Mark Rypien Foundation

The Mark Rypien Foundation was built with the heartfelt devotion of its founder, Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, who lost his three-year-old son, Andrew, to cancer.  Mark and his family experienced firsthand what families go through when fighting this potentially deadly disease, and recognized the value that quality care can bring to both patient and family.  In the wake of his difficult personal experiences, the Rypien Foundation was created with a commitment to provide HOPE for local families battling childhood cancer.  The priority of the foundation is to assist families who are battling childhood cancer in the Inland Northwest.  Each year the foundation raises and provides funding to support unique programs and projects that help address the needs of children with cancer and foster a powerful healing environment for child cancer patients.

 “If we can help reduce the worry and stress families experience, and create a relaxing and calming environment for patients, treatments will be more effective and the children will have a greater chance of recovery.” – Mark Rypien

About Mark Rypien

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mark Rypien is the first Canadian-born quarterback to start in the National Football League, and the only Canadian to win the Super Bowl MVP award.

His family moved to Spokane, Wash., in 1969, and HE played football, baseball and basketball at Shadle Park High School.

As the scholarship offers poured in, Mark decided that Washington State University would be the best college choice.  While at WSU, Mark established himself as the number-two, all-time passing and total offense leader.  He also earned All-America honors in 1984 and 1985 and was named the top quarterback in the Pac-10 Conference in 1985.  The end of his collegiate career was highlighted by throwing two fourth quarter touchdown passes just 49 seconds apart to lead his Senior Bowl team to victory.

The NFL came calling and Mark was picked by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL draft.  At Washington, he let the Redskins to the 1991 NFL Championship and earned MVP honors in the 1992 Super Bowl.  Additionally Mark earned two trips to the Pro Bowl.

Life after Football brought some dramatic twists.

In 1998, Mark lost his son Andrew to cancer.  As he and his family walked through this nightmare, they determined to turn this trial into a legacy for their son.

In 2004, the Rypien Foundation was established with the intent to provide hope and help to families who are fighting childhood cancer.