Today marks the 29th anniversary of the Redskins victory over the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII, a rematch of Super Bowl VII a decade before.
This was the first of three Super Bowl titles for the franchise, and the start of a magical ride with head coach Joe Gibbs at the helm. It was also the rise of ‘Riggo’ and ‘The Hogs’ in the D.C. vernacular, making champions of three teams and legends of men.
A key contributor to this dynasty was left tackle Joe Jacoby, who stuck the block that sprung John Riggins for the long touchdown run that sealed Super Bowl XVII. In each of his first two Super Bowls, Jacoby’s Hogs led the way for record breaking rushing performances, with team totals of 276 and 280 yards on the ground.
Earlier today, Jacoby reflected on his memories of Super Bowl XVII, where the franchise is, and what they need to return to glory (via ABC3 Winchester):
It’s hard to believe…it felt like it was yesterday. To me, I haven’t aged–but I know I’ve aged. The memories are still fresh, and very vivid of that day. I was 23 at that time, and how many 20-year-olds are doing something like that in the middle of Los Angeles?
And I can still remember after we won, I was flying in a helicopter at 4 o’clock in the morning, pacific time, to do one of those morning shows, and I’m thinking, ‘Wow.’ And I’m looking at all the lights and stuff, and it was a pretty surreal moment for me–a kid from Louisville, Kentucky.
As an offensive lineman, Jacoby was in the ultimate team-player position of all guts and only team glory. With his help, the three Super Bowl-winning Redskins quarterbacks were kept upright and the running game kept rolling.
Jacoby attributes the two-decade Super Bowl drought to a change in culture around the team. In order to get back to their winning ways, the Redskins are going to need to more team-players–and he thinks they have the right guys at the helm (via ABC3, Winchester):
And hopefully, they bring in a lot of guys that say ‘we’ instead of ‘me.’ And I think that’s been a lot of the issues over the years–there was a lot of me guys and not a lot of we guys.
To see the fall, and to see how they’re trying to get back to that…Now they’ve gotta be successful in the people that they choose to bring in, in this organization…Hopefully with Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan, that is the proper way to do that.
With last year’s draft and free agent class, there was a remarkable transformation for a group of individuals into a team. Hopefully, with the continued work of the coaching staff and scouts, the team will find some more Jacoby’s in the rough.