Theismann: 1987 Redskins Replacement Players Deserve Super Bowl Rings


WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins replacement players deserve Super Bowl rings for their contribution to the 1987 season, longtime Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann says.

The NFL players’ strike in 1987 was the subject of a new ESPN documentary which aired Tuesday — ’30 for 30: Year of the Scab’ — bringing new light to a much forgotten part of Washington’s Super Bowl XXII-championship season.

The Redskins went 11-4 that season, with all Week 3 NFL games being cancelled due to the players’ strike, and went 3-0 with replacement players in Weeks 4 through 6.

Notably, Washington’s replacement players defeated the Cowboys — who had a number of prominent players cross the picket line for that game — 13-7 at Dallas on Oct. 19, 1987. Washington’s replacement players also beat the Cardinals and Giants, respectively, in the weeks prior.

The Redskins went on to win Super Bowl XXII, defeating Denver 42-10. Those replacement players were given a share of the championship money, though they never received Super Bowl rings for their contribution.

Theismann called into 106.7 The Fan’s ‘Grant & Danny Show’ as Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier were discussing the ‘scab’ season Wednesday afternoon.