This Day in History: January 30, 1983

Sunday, January 30, 1983. Twenty-five years ago. I was 9½ and a die-hard Redskins fan. Still young enough to not realize that we wouldn’t win every year, I was excited that the Redskins faced Miami in Super Bowl XVII. I never expected this, the greatest run ever:

Down 17-13 in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XVII and needing a big play, the Redskins turned once again to running back John Riggins, who had been making big plays for them all season. Washington faced a fourth-and-1 from the Miami 43. After taking a handoff, Riggins broke through the line and rumbled all the way for a touchdown to give Washington its first lead of the game.

Video can be seen here, with every goosebump-inducing second of The Diesel’s touchdown run.