Keanu Reeves, Ed Rubbert, and Superbowl XXII

December 2, 2011


Two differen’t people from two different generations actually have one thing in common. The 1987 Washington Redskins. In the movie The Replacements (2000), the Washington Sentinels along with the rest of the ‘professional’ football teams have gone on strike. The strike forces head coaches around the league to bring in replacement players to begin the season without their ‘stars’. The Washington Sentinels end up rallying, winning 3 of their 4 games with only replacement players and earning a trip to the playoffs (aside from the professional quarterback Eddie Martel, who crossed for the last game and was again replaced by Keanu Reeves’ character ‘Shane Falco’ at halftime).

What many NFL fans, and most importantly Redskins fans don’t know, is that the film The Replacements is closely based on the 1987 Washington Redskins.

In 1987 the NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) struck for 24 days (weeks 4-6). On this strike, they only succeeded in cancelling one game. The rest, until the strike ended on October 15, 1987, were played with mostly replacement players (The players were forced to wait another week after crossing, becoming a legal fiasco and eventually being paid back pay for that week). The Washington Redskins hold the distinction of being the only team to not have a player cross the picket line before the strike ended, contrary to the movie implication. Ed Rubbert, after playing QB for Louisville, played just 3 games as a professional football player. Two of which ended with a Rubbert-led win, only to be injured in the third and replaced by the replacement’s replacement, Tony Robinson. Ed Rubbert ended his career with 26 of 49 passes completed, 432 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

For those who aren’t aware, or have forgotten, the 1987 season ended with a Redskins win in Superbowl XXII 42-10 against the John Elway-led Denver Broncos. Doug Williams received MVP (Passing for four touchdowns in the second quarter, becoming the first African-American quarterback to lead his team to a Superbowl victory). Many people attribute the 3 wins by the replacement players to the  Superbowl XXII rout. Take a look at the Redskins’ 1987 record here.

Just a little bit of history for you.



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