Redskins To Honor 1987 Replacement Players With Super Bowl Rings
The Washington Redskins are set to honor replacement players from their 1987 team in a big way.
Redskins 1987 playoff replacement players tribute news
The team — which just this week declined to franchise-tag quarterback Kirk Cousins — announced Wednesday evening that it will award these players Super Bowl XII rings. Washington went 11-4 that season and won its second Super Bowl championship after routing the Denver Broncos 42-10.
A midseason strike by the Players Association shortened the 1987 season by one week, and replacement players came in and also played three games. Those players wanted to change the way free agency worked, and they decided a lockout was the best way to convey this message. The strike ended up lasting 24 days before the two sides finally reached a compromise.
“Their contributions are part of #Redskins history and represent an integral reason why a Lombardi Trophy from the 1987 campaign resides in our facility today.”
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) March 7, 2018
Redskins giving rings to replacement players from 87 pic.twitter.com/dIERlslBgW
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) March 7, 2018
The Redskins’ replacement players won the three games they played in 1987, although the team released most of them after the strike ended. While they all received playoff shares, only those who remained on the team following the strike received Super Bowl rings.
Now, all those players will be receiving jewelry.
“The 3-0 record of the Redskins replacement players was part of the remarkable success of the 1987 Washington Redskins,” team owner Dan Snyder said in a statement Wednesday. “Their contributions are part of Redskins history and represent an integral reason why a Lombardi Trophy from the 1987 campaign resides in our facility today. Thanks in part to the generosity of our partners on this project, we are happy to honor these players for their role in that World Championship.”
In September, ESPN premiered its “30 for 30” documentary series “Year of the Scab,” which told the story of the replacement players.
LANDOVER, MD – DECEMBER 20: Kicker Kai Forbath #2 of the Washington Redskins hits the game winning field goal in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins defeated the pp 27-24 at FedExField on December 20, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)