Great moments in Redskins dunks


(Toni L. Sandys / The Washington Post)

The 1977 football season may as well have been played in the Mesezoic Era, judging by this passage from that season’s Washington Post:

What’s 10 feet off the ground, the same altitude as a basketball hoop? The crossbar on the football goalpost, that’s what, so how can any red-blooded American athlete resist the chance to treat himself to not one thrill, but two in one? Yessir, the slam-dunk touchdown spike.

And who else but a guy who calls himself “Hollywood” to set the trend?

Soaring like the NBSA’s Dr. J, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Dallas linebacker, Thomas Henderson, cleanly dunked the football over the bar after a 79-yard interception return in the Cowboy’s 23-7 defeat of Tampa Bay. Pressbox types scored the act a perfect 10. Later in that Oct. 2 game, Buccaneer linebacker Richard Wood, 6-2, 215, picked up a Toney Dorsett fumble, ran 37 yards for a TD and tried to slam-dunk. Tsk, ticked the bar. Score him a 5.

But patience. Henderson, on his first try after a 97-yard kickoff return in 1976, also nicked the bar. “Copycat,” jibed Henderson.

As you’ve no doubt guessed, this week’s news that the NFL will penalize crossbar dunks sent me into the archives, for great moments in Redskins dunking.

(Actually, that was the idea of the Bog’s newest writer, Scott Allen. You’ll meet him soon.)

Thing is, I didn’t find very many. And none seems to have been as widely photographed as Ryan Kerrigan’s dunk in the most recent preseason.


(Rob Carr / Getty)

After that, the best I could come up with was another preseason dunk in the very modern era, this one from Larry Johnson in 2010.

(Toni L. Sandys / The Washington Post)
(Toni L. Sandys / The Washington Post)

Aside from that, there have been a whole bunch of regular-season dunks against the Redskins. Jamir Miller dunked after returning a Gus Frerotte fumble for a touchdown in 1996. Terrell Owens dunked while catching four touchdowns against the Redskins in 2007. LeSean McCoy dunked this past season while leading the Eagles with 150 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Washington lost each of these games.

(Nelson Chenault - US PRESSWIRE)
(Nelson Chenault – US PRESSWIRE)

So you should fondly bid such dunks farewell. Although the Redskins wouldn’t necessarily agree with you.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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