On this date twenty-five years ago, the Washington Redskins won their second Super Bowl when the Doug Williams-led offense trounced the Denver Broncos 42-10.
For many Redskins fans, they remember it like it was yesterday, and for others, they weren’t even old enough, or even alive to remember the occasion.
“Twenty-five years ago? I don’t know what I remember what I was thinking last night,” Joe Jacoby told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny.
Jacoby, 53, strained to reach back and recount the memories of that game, but said that doesn’t take away any of its luster as he thinks about how great it felt in the moment.
“When you go through those moments, the emotions are high,” Jacoby said. “We’d played in these before. But still it’s just a thrilling moment in your athletic life, and you’re thinking, ‘Wow, I’m in another one of these. It’s the third one. How blessed am I?’”
He described remembering it as being transported back to that brief moment when they announce your name and you run out to the field.
“They all have special memories of special times,” Jacoby said.
Jacoby said the turning point in that victory over the Broncos hinged on recovering the Ricky Sanders fumble in the first quarter, when Terry Orr pulled the ball out of the scrum.
“Going down 13 or 17-0 at that stage of the game could have changed the tempo, and how you ran your offense, so that was a pivotal play in that Super Bowl as far as turning the tide,” said Jacoby.
Jacoby said Timmy Smith – the backup running back who ran for 204 yards including the 58-yard touchdown run that put the Redskins up 21-10 – didn’t even know he’d be playing, much less starting.
“Timmy didn’t know he was starting until right before the game,” Jacoby said. “George Rogers had a bad foot – bad toe on his foot – and they kept it quiet. They didn’t want Timmy to get too pumped up and nervous. They didn’t tell him until right before the game that he was going to start and play.