Everyone’s familiar with the Redskins’ stars, players such as Robert Griffin III, London Fletcher and Alfred Morris. But who are some of the important players no one is talking about, the team’s unsung heroes? Over the next week, reporter Tarik El-Bashir will take a look at five of them.

Name: Barry Cofield

Position: Nose tackle

Contract: Signed through 2016

Why he’s notable: In a 3-4 defense, nose tackles don’t get much glory. But that doesn’t mean Barry Cofield’s teammates don’t recognize the job the seven-year pro does each week.

In a mid-season vote, Cofield was elected a captain by his peers, joining London Fletcher as the other defender with a ‘C’ stitched on his jersey. It marked the first time since Cofield’s days at Northwestern that the-lead-by-example veteran had served as a captain.