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VIDEO: Redskins-Cowboys Archives, Darryl Grant’s Historic Interception

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on December 24, 2014 – 4:25 pm

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Arguably one of the most exciting moments in Redskins’ history, Darryl Grant’s interception return for a touchdown in the second half of the the 1982 NFC championship game against the Cowboys — that solidified and propelled the team to the Super Bowl — was remembered Tuesday on Facebook.

The play ignited the career of Grant, who was among the Redskins’ 12 selections in the famous 1981 NFL Draft that also included Mark May, Russ Grimm, Dexter Manley and Charlie Brown among others.

Grant, as he mentions in the video interview, was drafted as an offensive lineman before moving over to defense. It took a while to get acclimated to becoming a defensive tackle, but his previous skills snapping the ball made catching the Dexter Manley-deflected pass easier to catch, run and score.

“The big thing was I caught the ball,” Grant said in the interview. “I was used to handling the ball because I was a center and was a long snapper here, so I would always warm up with the first unit, get warmed up. So handling the ball really helped me out.”

His touchdown spike also made him a Sports Illustrated cover boy, too.

Grant finished his ten-year career with the Redskins in 1990, recording 677 tackles, 27 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 11 fumble recoveries. He was part of  two Super Bowl titles and four conference championships.


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