Host Rob Carlin also asked the trio to describe the moment they realized the magnitude of what they had accomplished after winning the Super Bowl. Here’s what they said.
“Probably about my fifth or sixth adult beverage that morning,” Rypien said, laughing. “I actually stayed up the whole night and I went to the early press conference. I was kind of a little bit out of it, but the whole spectrum of the game itself, how magnified it is, and how all of the world comes together and basically tells two teams, you guys put on a good show, go sleep and get your rest and put on a great show. And corporate America and the world says, do it for us. And then afterwards, when it’s all said and done, it’s like Thanksgiving dinner. It’s like, wow, that was quite a spectacle, and now everyone’s cleaning up the stadium. … I walked through the Metrodome afterward and I looked at the empty stadium and looked up. My dad wasn’t there — he had passed away a couple of years before that — but there was 50, 60 of my best friends and family that were there that got a chance to share it with me, and I got a chance to share it with them afterward. About that time I knew, wow, this is pretty cool. This is what it’s all about and this is a great feeling that only two [Redskins] that had played in the game prior to me had an opportunity to do, and that’s Doug and Joe, had that same feeling of we led our team to a world championship and it doesn’t get any better than this.”
“I really don’t know, because at that game was a guy by the name of Eddie Robinson, who was my college coach,” Williams said. “When I walked in the tunnel, coach was in the tunnel, and I don’t know who threw more snot, whether it was coach or myself, we both were crying. He made a statement to me and I didn’t agree with him then because I didn’t know what he was talking about, but he told me I was not old enough to understand what had just happened. He likened that Super Bowl for me — with all the black quarterback here, black quarterback there — he likened that Super Bowl to me as when Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling. He said that’s the moment he remembered, that time he alluded to the Super Bowl as being one of those moments. I didn’t understand at that time because I was the quarterback and we had just won the Super Bowl as a team. I didn’t look at it from the impact standpoint. I looked at it from the fact that we had just won the Super Bowl and we were world champions.”
“It was interesting for me, when I knelt down in the huddle and we took the last snap and I looked up at all 10 of those guys and I said, ‘Okay, world championship formation on two,'” Theismann said. “I took the snap, I knelt down and the tears started coming out of my eyes because the emotions that you put into it are so great, and all of a sudden it’s almost like a flood. If you remember it, when I ran off the field of Super Bowl XVII, I had one finger up and I raised the football up on the other hand. I remember Joe Namath leaving the field after he won his Super Bowl, waving his finger, No. 1. And I remember, I think it was after the ’80 Super Bowl, Terry Bradshaw holding the ball up in the air. Those two images had become emblazoned in my mind, and at that moment, they both joined forces, and as I ran off that football field, for me, it was Joe and Terry that flashed in my mind, and all of a sudden I joined a fraternity of men, of which there are only 29 of us, that actually were fortunate to be able to quarterback a world championship football team.
“And forget about the confetti! We went into that little tiny locker room in Pasadena and I was standing next to Mr. Cooke and John Riggins was there and they gave us the trophy. It smelled like a locker room, it looked like a locker room, guys were pouring something all over one another. The euphoria was unbelievable. And then I remember going out and sitting down with George Michael at the 50-yard line, and looking up … at the scoreboard, and there it was, 27-17, Washington Redskins. We were the world champions. And I think that moment, after all the celebration and all the emotion had gone, I walked out and sat in an empty stadium. It was at that moment that the reality of what we had accomplished really hit me.”