LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that the organization will honor replacement players from the team's 1987 squad with Super Bowl rings. An exact date for the celebration of their contributions will be announced at a later time.
The contributions of the replacement players were recently highlighted in the documentary Year of the Scab, produced by TEN100 in association with Leftfield Pictures (an ITV America company). The film, directed by John Dorsey, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in the spring of 2017 and aired as part of ESPN's "30 for 30" series in September.
To properly honor the players for their role in the team's 1987 championship season, the Redskins have worked closely with the documentary's director, Dorsey, and a number of key partners throughout the last several months to make the rings a reality. Baron Rings will furnish each of the players' rings, while diamonds will be provided by Uptown Diamond.
"The 3-0 record of the Redskins replacement players was part of the remarkable success of the 1987 Washington Redskins," Owner Dan Snyder said. "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."
On Tuesday, the Virginia General Assembly officially commended the replacement members of the 1987 team with House Joint Resolution No. 151, expressing "the General Assembly's admiration for their determination, hard work, and incredible achievements." Quarterback Tony Robinson and defensive lineman Anthony Sagnella represented the replacement players during the passing of the resolution in Richmond on Tuesday.
In Washington's first game with replacement players, the Redskins defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 28-21, as wide receiver Anthony Allen finished the day with seven catches and a single-game franchise record 225 yards. The next week, the Redskins defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, 38-12. Despite the strike ending four days later on Oct. 15, 1987, the Redskins' replacement players played and defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 13-7, in a Monday Night Football matchup despite the return of multiple starters for Dallas.
The three victories earned by the replacement players helped propel the Redskins to an 11-4 regular season record and an NFC East title. The Redskins would go on to defeat the Denver Broncos, 42-10, in Super Bowl XXII to earn the team's second Super Bowl title and fourth World Championship.