I fully expect the Denver Broncos to drop about 55 points on the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Mile High. No matter in the scheme of things though, because when it counted most, the D.C. burgundy and gold scored the ultimate victory over the Rocky Mountain orange and orange – Super Bowl XXII.
Do I need to go into much detail? Probably not, we all know that was the year Doug Williams was a starter in the playoffs and had the greatest quarter any quarterback (4 TD passes amid 5 DC TDs overall) amidst a lot of symbolism. John Elway was his opposite number and after a great start, had a miserable day in his second of three Super Bowl losses. The Broncos at least looked like the Broncos back then with the glorious Orange Crush jerseys.
Here is the whole game from the ABC telecast (including 1987 commercials):
Though if you just want to watch “The Quarter” go ahead.
Williams only started about a season’s worth of games here, but he’ll always be a legend.
Twenty-five years ago today, Doug Williams led the Washington Redskins to 35 second quarter points in a 42-10 beatdown of the Denver Broncos. Williams did it on a bad knee, the day after dental surgery and after starting only a handful of games that season 5 years removed from being a regular NFL starting quarterback.
Doug Williams was on the Wheaties box. This image is fair use because my mom bought a box back then.
The game was historical and ironic at the same time. The Redskins, having been last to integrate, were the first team to start a Super Bowl with a black quarterback. Williams was MVP.
Williams Delivers a Super Bowl Triumph – The Post
One Super Show!…and The Rout Was On – Sports Illustrated
Williams would go 3-0 in the playoffs that year, but only 5-9 as a regular season starter over several seasons in D.C. He also won twice in relief of Jay Schroeder, a QB nobody liked. Health problems, including an emergency appendectomy the next season and a ascending Mark Rypien brought Williams’ career to close. Rick Tandler has a good column on the Williams legacy on CSN Washington. For a brief period, Williams was huge in the nation’s capital.
Below is playlist (nine videos in all) of Super Bowl XXII — most of the first half, including some of the pregame introductions and the post-game interviews.