He may not have the name recognition of some other original members of The Hogs, the Redskins’ talented and famous offensive line of the 1980s and early 1990s, but Fred Dean was just as important of a piece as anybody to the Redskins’ first-ever Super Bowl title in the 1982 season.
Dean was among the Redskins greats that came aboard the Redskins’ 80th Anniversary Thank You Tour bus Thursday in its first stop in Winchester, Va.
The versatile Dean started at right guard in that 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins and helped create the holes that allowed running back John Riggins to take home the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player award that year.
Other than winning the Super Bowl title, Dean said his favorite memories playing for the Redskins for four seasons were the home games at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.
“The fans were right there close to us,” Dean said while on the tour bus late last week. “RFK, I think, held around 55,000, and they were right down on top of us. And when that stadium got rocking, man, it gave us a lot of energy.”
Dean, who played tackle, guard and tight end at Texas Southern, was originally signed by the Dolphins in May 1977, but was released the final week of training camp that year. The Chicago Bears signed Dean that November, and after playing on the Bears’ special teams, he was waived by the team the next season after the final preseason game.
Dean had tryouts with the Buffalo Bills and the New Orleans Saints before the Redskins signed him in Oct. 17, 1978, when the 6-foot-3, 253-pound Dean replaced an injured George Starke on the offensive line.
Dean filled in admirably and eventually earned the start in Super Bowl XVII, and he recalled Riggins’ memorable 43-yard touchdown run that sealed the championship victory for the Redskins.
“I was hollering, hands up, because we knew. That was it,” Dean said. “That was the play that broke the camel’s back. We knew then, we had won the Super Bowl. You see everybody hugging? We knew then, we had won the Super Bowl.”
Dean said he was proud to take part in the Redskins’ 80th Anniversary Thank You Tour because he wanted to personally meet and thank the team’s fans.
“I really wanted to come out and thank the fans for the 80 years that they’ve been watching the Redskins and supporting the Redskins,” Dean said. “I just wanted to thank the fans for supporting us and supporting the Redskins for all those years and in the future. Without their support, it wouldn’t be.”
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