Redskins honor ’87 replacement players

Washington Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams was a quarterback on the team's Super Bowl-winning squad in 1987.Photo Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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The Washington Redskins presented Super Bowl rings to the replacement players from the team’s 1987 squad on Tuesday.

More than 25 replacement players were in attendance at Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park to receive their rings. The event culminated with the surprise appearance from 1987 Super Bowl-winning quarterback Doug Williams, wide receiver Gary Clark and defensive end Dexter Manley, who joined the replacement players for a group photo.

“Sometimes it’s not when it comes, it’s the fact that it came,” Williams said, per ESPN. “Today is a great day for everybody. … When it came up about them receiving rings, I thought it was a good opportunity to show them we appreciated them.”

The Redskins’ replacement players posted a 3-0 mark during the strike that lasted from Weeks 4-6 during the 1987 season. Washington’s third win in that stretch was a 13-7 victory over the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys, who were playing with regulars — including running back Tony Dorsett and defensive lineman Randy White.

Most of the replacement players were cut after the NFL strike ended, and none received a ring at the time. Several of the players were featured in an ESPN documentary called “Year of the Scab.”

The Redskins finished with an 11-4 mark in the regular season in 1987. They won the division title and went on to post a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.

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