CLICK PLAY BELOW: Washington Post’s Scott Allen On How A Film Inspired Team To Give Scabs Super Bowl Rings After 30 Years Of Waiting
By Scott Allen
“…In September, ESPN premiered its “30 for 30” documentary “Year of the Scab,” which told the story of the replacement players who crossed the picket line to play for the Redskins during the three-week labor dispute. Most of the replacement players were released when the strike ended after Week 6, and only those who remained on the roster and played in at least one more game received a ring following Washington’s 42-10 win over Denver in Super Bowl XXII.
“I don’t have a ring,” replacement safety Skip Lane said in the documentary. “It was an owner’s decision, and he decided not to give us a ring. You know the guy who parks the cars at Redskins Park got a ring? The girl who answers the phone up front got a ring.”
“I was at the White House. I shook Ronald Reagan’s hand,” replacement center Eric Coyle said. “I had no reason to believe I wasn’t getting a ring, until the ring fittings had come and gone and nobody checked me.”
Director John Dorsey told The Washington Post that he hoped Redskins management would see the film and finally honor the 1987 replacements, who were denied rings by the late Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke. Mission accomplished. The team says it worked closely with Dorsey “and a number of key partners throughout the last several months to make the rings a reality.”