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Untold Stories From Super Bowl XVII: Don Warren

Don Warren was a tight end for the Redskins' Super Bowl XVII championship team. Read his recollections--in his own words--on John Riggins' 4th-and-1 play and the Washington, D.C., parade celebrating the championship:

"It was our basic play: the whole year, we either ran '60 Chip' or '70 Chip.'

"In the Super Bowl, I was supposed to line up on the side of the call, where we were going with the play. If it was '60,' I was supposed to line up to the right; if it was '70,' then I would line up to the left.


"I had caught about five passes that day. In the third quarter, I caught one ball for a first down and I tore up my ankle. I could barely run on my ankle. Today, it would be called a high ankle sprain.

"Now here comes the crucial play. Joe [Jacoby] tells me I'm supposed to line up on the left side, and I told him, 'Joe, I cannot get any push off this ankle. I have to be on the back side.'

"So in the huddle, it's Doc [Walker], Clint Didier and me. 'Dids' is full of excitement--he's like a kid in the candy store. Russ [Grimm] looked over at him and said, 'Dids, if you mess this up, I'm going to kill you.'

"Sure enough, everybody blocked perfectly and John Riggins spilled it out. Nobody caught him.

"At the parade, there were hundreds of thousands of people. They were coming up to the bus, rocking the bus. I'm thinking, 'This baby is tipping over.' Then they get the D.C. police with those motorcycle sidecars trying to keep the bus from going over.

"Mat Mendenhall was behind us, in his Cadillac, because he was late. We told everybody in the crowd that it was Riggins [in the Cadillac]. Obviously, everybody started attacking the Cadillac, and Mendenhall got his Cadillac trashed."


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