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Darryl Grant: ‘The Big Thing Was That I Caught The Ball’

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 24, 2014 – 12:31 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

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Darryl Grant scored only one touchdown during his NFL career, but his score was about as important as it can possibly get.

During the NFC Championship Game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 22, 1983, at RFK Stadium, the Redskins were ahead by seven with the clock ticking down late in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys, however, had the ball on their own 20-yard line, hoping to orchestrate a long drive that would end with points on the board.

That never happened.

Grant would intercept the ball on the first play of the drive, returning it for a touchdown.

“It was just a regular 4-3 defense, just straight up pass rush, and when I hit into my guy as the play began, he didn’t hit me with the force I thought he should’ve and I got clear of him,” Grant told Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins. “If you look at the film from the endzone, I break free. I was like the first person to beat my guy and I was like ‘Wait a minute, that was too easy.’

“And so I started easing up and Dexter [Manley], who didn’t, his ears were down no matter what. He didn’t read anything and he just went straight for the quarterback.

“And when I saw the guy start to float out, I said ‘well let me get in the middle of this screen’ – which is my assignment anyway – and once I started to move toward to get into the screen to tackle the back before he could get up field, Dexter tipped the ball. I looked up and saw the ball just wafting in the air. I got underneath it, grabbed it, Dorsett tried to tackle me, one of the other linemen tried to tackle me, but that day I wasn’t going to be denied on that run.”

Below is more video from the play:

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