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WRE: The "fight for old DC"


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Mark Newgent's first installment in a series on the integration of the Washington Redskins, adapted from a graduate school research project he conducted in 2004.

The Washington Redskins had an ignominious start to Super Bowl XXII in San Diego. Their opponent the Denver Broncos, jumped out to an early 10-0 lead and Redskins quarterback Doug Williams injured his knee in the first quarter. Seemingly out of the game by the start of the second quarter, Doug Williams hobbled back out on the field and made history. The Redskins offense exploded for 35 points in the second quarter, a Super Bowl record, and went on to win their second Super Bowl, 42-10. In that second quarter Doug Williams threw three touchdown passes of 80, 50, and 8 yards. What is more impressive is that Williams’ three touchdown passes and two other rushing touchdowns came in a time span of only 5:47. To put that statistic in historical perspective, the Chicago Bears who in 1940 demolished the Redskins in the NFL title game 73-0, did not score 35 points in any of the four 15-minute quarters of that game. The Redskins, mostly through Doug Williams set that record in a third of the time it takes to play a full quarter.

That day, Doug Williams became the first African-American to play quarterback in a Super Bowl and win the game’s Most Valuable Player award.

Click on the link at the top for the whole story.

Part 2 continues here:


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