Year Of The Scab star, Tony Robinson, on NPR Morning Edition
Former Washington NFL replacement player Tony Robinson will receive a Super Bowl ring more than 30 years after helping the team win the 1987 Super Bowl as a scab player.
Washington’s NFL team says it will give Super Bowl rings to the replacement players who crossed picket lines to play during the infamous 1987 NFL strike. Derided by some as scabs, they won key regular-season games, helping to propel Washington to the playoffs and ultimately the championship. But those temporary players never got Super Bowl rings. It was an ESPN documentary about the strike called “Year Of The Scab” that moved Virginia state lawmakers to pass a resolution honoring these replacement players. This included quarterback Tony Robinson who remembers the crazy chain of events that put him on the field.