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Green Tackle On Dorsett Best Play Ever?

Posted by Stephen Czarda on March 20, 2013 – 1:02 pm

1988 NFL Playoffs

March without a bracket is like peanut butter with jelly. It’s just plain wrong. So to continue to hype the season of brackets, NFL.com is releasing its own version featuring the top 64 plays in league history.

Each game literally has hundreds of plays and you can expect to see a handful of spectacular moments sprinkled throughout every contest.

Maybe its a 100 yard kick return or a quarterback sprinting past hopeless defenders to the end zone (think Robert Griffin III‘s 76 yard scamper as proof of a jaw-dropping moment).

To be one of the 64 greatest plays all-time in the NFL is a special honor in itself and with 80 years of memorable plays to choose from, it’s a given that at least one play will be included in the bracket.

Find out which Redskins play made the cut here:

Darrell Green is one of the greatest players in league history as the seven time Pro Bowler was selected to the Hall of Fame in 2008.

Critics of Green would often point to his low number of interceptions each season as a way to take away from the legend’s standout career.

However, as those of you who saw Green during his 20 years in Burgundy and Gold can attest to, opposing quarterbacks would avoid putting the ball in the direction of number 28 because chances were high that the pass would not find its way into the hands of the receiver.

During his two decade stint in the Nation’s Capital and beyond, Green was known for his blazing speed winning the NFL’s Fastest Man award multiple times.

One man who was rudely reminded of Green’s speed: Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett. Darrell Green

Green showed flashes of his brilliance early in his career as the cornerback was voted as an All-American after his senior season at Texas A&I University.

While it was evident that he had the skills to be a top notch player at the professional level, teams shied away from him believing that he was too small to have a major impact.

The Redskins, however, had no doubts about Green and selected him with the 28th selection in the draft. From day one, Green was anointed a starter.

Green’s first task in the NFL: stop the vaunted Dallas Cowboys offense led by perennial Pro Bowler Dorsett. The Redskins struck first, putting a quick 10 points on the board before Dallas could even sniff the endzone. Dorsett, however, wanted to put the game back to within one possession of a tie or lead.

On his own 17 yardline, Dorsett broke free and bolted into the second level of the Redskins defense and appeared destined to score with relative ease.

Green had a different plan though. In a spectacular display of speed and passion, Green chased down Dorsett and got him down well short of a touchdown. To this day it is still one of the most iconic plays in franchise history.

Video of the tackle can be seen starting at the 0:11 mark:

To vote for Green’s play click here. His play is a 16 seed going up against David Tyree’s “Helmet Catch” in Super Bowl XLII. Hey who doesn’t like to beat the Giants?

Thank you for all of the memories Darrell!




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3 Responses to “Green Tackle On Dorsett Best Play Ever?”

  1. By MIck Stamps on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    One other defensive play was Ken Houston stopping Walt Garret on the 1/2 yard line from behind.

  2. By William Smith on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    The greatest play in Redskins history was 70 chip; John Riggins’ 43 yard TD run on 4th and 1, leading to the first ever Super Bowl win.

  3. By Jacob Coker on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    He also caught Eric Dickerson from behind.

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