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RECAP: “18 Plays” Part One

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 29, 2013 – 6:03 pm

and the rout was on

All week long we’re bringing you the memories.

Sunday marks the latest iteration of the annual Redskins Alumni Homecoming game. During halftime of Washington’s home tilt against the San Diego Chargers, the team will honor alumni from the Super Bowl XXII squad that won a championship 25 years go.

Throughout the week Redskins.com is releasing segments of the documentary “18 Plays: The Story of the Super Bowl 22 Champions.”

We’ve covered my passion for documentary-style film before, so I don’t need to tell you how excited I am about this.

Let’s take a look back at some of my favorite moments from the first part of “18 Plays,” which tells the story of a trade nixed at the 25th hour and how Doug Williams sat on the bench before becoming a Super Bowl MVP.

Don’t touch the 5,000 degree, lightning-conducting Lombardi trophy. I know it’s shiny, but please. Don’t do it. I want you to read from somewhere comfortable, not from a gurney.


My job is cool, but I don’t look cool doing it. There’s nothing glamorous about sitting in my rolling office chair, clacking away at a keyboard or cropping pictures. However, if a magazine decided to make a cover out of me sitting at my desk accompanied by a “WOW!” caption, you better believe I would be reading that publication and hiding my face behind it all day at work. If someone happened to walk by, I’d peek my head out. Oh hey, it’s just me, the cover boy.


Doug is the man.


This is an effective dichotomy of emotion. I want to see both of these fans again once the tide turns in Washington’s favor. Is it possible to look sad in a tangerine afro?


The magic of video. This is called good “swap.” As the narrator talks about Joe Gibbs deliberating whether or not to trade Doug Williams, we get a nice picture of the coach rubbing his brow. At the moment this was really filmed, Gibbs could have thinking about the quarterback controversy or he could have been deliberating whether he wanted steak or swordfish for dinner. We’ll never know.

Gibbs thinking about it

Watch the video to see how Gibbs encouraged Williams when the coach told the then-backup quarterback he changed his mind about trading Williams into a starting role with another team.

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