The Washington Redskins have finally honored the replacement “scab” players that went 3-0 start to start their 1987 championship season. They received Super Bowl rings today to recognize their contributions during the strike shortened season.
Around D.C. and in Redskins fan circles, the story is well known. The Scabs finished their stint 3-0 in weeks 4 through 6 upsetting three straight division rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, and Dallas Cowboys, to improve the Redskins’ record to 4-1. Following that stretch, the starters returned late in October against the New York Jets and subsequently carried the baton the rest of the way en route to a Super Bowl title. In a season that could have easily blown up in the Redskins face due to the strike and a good portion of top players returning league-wide, the replacement players kept the mission of the organization afloat in one of the greatest upsets in NFL history.
Charley Casserly details the replacement’s outing vs. Dallas. He was the assistant GM in 1987. pic.twitter.com/feUBgHVeNX— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) June 12, 2018
Willard Scissum. The 7-Eleven security guard turned tackle. pic.twitter.com/L4bm6gsLGS— John Keim (@john_keim) June 12, 2018
1987 regulars Doug Williams, Dexter Manley, and Gary Clark join the ceremony to honor the replacements. pic.twitter.com/v4BVjusatv— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) June 12, 2018
Dexter Manley (right) stands next to Tony Robinson after replacement players received their 1987 Super Bowl rings. pic.twitter.com/6f8Vs5OLQI— Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks) June 12, 2018
1987 Redskins replacement players group photo. pic.twitter.com/lCu3N6WQGh— Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks) June 12, 2018