As the DC Divas celebrate their 15th Anniversary season, another remarkable milestone has made this a season to remember. Competing in her 13th season with the club, quarterback Allyson Hamlin threw for the 200th touchdown pass in her career. Adding to the relevance of this achievement is the fact that no other quarterback in the history of Washington football has reached the magical number. The closest is Redskins Hall of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh with 187.
Going by the nickname of Smooth, the 38-year old signal caller already holds over 75 wins, a franchise record for most wins by a quarterback. Taking into account that her favorite quarterback is former Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre, Hamlin is similar in the fact that she also brings remarkable durability, consistent production and a love of the game to the gridiron.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Hamlin is also a homicide detective for Prince George’s County. Having grown up idolizing the likes of Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr, Hamlin can also stake her own claim as a sporting hero in the Capital. Testament to her growing popularity is the fact that she was a subject in the May 2015 edition of the Washingtonian magazine.
She was among six individuals that were included in the Guest List feature. Part of a monthly roundup in the Capital Comment section, she was among a group of six individuals in the feature which the magazine’s editors would love to have over for food, drinks and conversation.
In a June 13 triumph, one that saw the Divas prevail by a 56-28 margin against the Boston Renegades, Hamlin provided a sparkling performance, including completed five touchdown passes. Among Hamlin’s five touchdown passes in the contest, a 36-yard touchdown pass to Ashley Whisonant (which wrapped up a 52-yard drive), proved to be the 200th of her Divas career.
Among the most prolific quarterback/wide receiver combos in WFA history, it was only fitting that Whisonant caught Hamlin’s landmark touchdown pass. As a side note, Whisonant caught a 79-yard touchdown pass from Hamlin earler in the game, which provided the Divas with a 14-0 advantage.
For a team on a remarkable run of momentum in its 15th Anniversary season, Hamlin’s milestone also ensures that the Divas enjoy home field advantage during the National Conference playoffs. In addition, the Divas completed their season with an 8-0 mark, its first undefeated season since the 2009 campaign.
Regardless of the outcome in the postseason, there is no question that the magic created this season reflect Hamlin’s legacy with the Divas; both are destined to shine over time.
References: Neal Rozendaal