Chapter 4, Page 115

Gibbs and Cooke
(Bill O'Leary — The Washington Post)
(Joe Marquette — UPI)
The '80s chain: Jack Kent Cooke hired the little-known Joe Gibbs, who lured back the inimitable John Riggins, who scored the decisive touchdown here in Super Bowl XVII.


There certainly was no question about who was in charge of the Redskins, though what Jack Kent Cooke was in charge of in 1980 was a troubled team, and John Riggins didn't help matters then.

There were great and odd characters in Redskins history, but none quite like Riggins. Long before Dennis Rodman, Riggins was raising eyebrows with a Mohawk haircut. At a Washington Press Club Salute to Congress dinner, he was seated at a table with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, to whom he reportedly said, "Come on, Sandy, baby, loosen up. You're too tight." But he played so hard and so well on the field that much of what he did off the field was forgiven, if not forgotten.

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