‘Year of the Scab': ESPN Documentary About 1987 Redskins Replacement Players Debuts at Tribeca

A documentary acknowledging the players responsible for three important wins in the Washington Redskins’ NFL championship season in 1987 premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York Thursday evening.

ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series documentary “Year of the Scab” tells the story of the replacement players who went undefeated during the 24-day player strike that year. While some stars from other teams crossed the picket line to play, no one on the Redskins’ roster played in those three games.

The three wins by the “scabs” helped the Redskins make the playoffs with an 11-4 record. They went on to win Super Bowl XXII with a 42-10 rout of the Denver Broncos.

Director John Dorsey’s documentary revisits that season and looks at their lives after they crossed the picket line to get to their NFL dreams.

This isn't the first film inspired by that team. The team in the movie "The Replacements" starring Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves is based on that 1987 team.

Contact Us