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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 57

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, January 29, 1999
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THE PALM BEACH POST SUPER BOWL SPECIAL SECTION FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 1999 SB3 SUPER BOWL X: STEELERS 21. COWBOYS 17 w o Associated Press file photo Lynn Swann stumbles over Mark Washington for a 53-yard reception, part of a 161-yard day. 'He made some incredible catches,' Washington says. 'He would probably say he had his best game that day.' Can't blame this on Washington By Dan Mann Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Most fans remember Mark Washington as the Dallas defensive back who allowed 161 yards receiving to Pittsburgh's Lynn Swann, a Super Bowl record that stood for 12 years. ,; But the defensive back who may be more responsible wasn't even covering him. ! After Swann spent time in the hospital from a concussion suffered in the AFC Championship Game, and after doctors warned that one blow to the head could cause permanent damage, Dallas safety Cliff Harris was quoted the night before the game as saying: "I'm not going to hurt anyone intentionally. But getting hit again while he's running a pass route must be in the back of Swann's mind." Said Swann: "I'm still not 100 percent. I value my health, but I read what Harris said. He was trying to intimidate me. He said I'd be afraid out there. He doesn't know Lynn Swann. He can't scare me or the team. I said to myself, The hell with it. I'm gonna play.' " Swann caught only four passes, but they covered 32, 53, 12 and 64 yards, the last a game-clinching touchdown on third-and-four. The 53-yarder was a juggling catch with his body parallel to the ground as he stumbled over Washington. Washington covered Swann one-on-one almost all day because Dallas was committed to stopping running back Franco Harris and pressuring Terry Bradshaw. Nobody playing faulted Washington for his coverage. Swann's receptions were virtually unstoppable. "We were in max blitz situations all day," Washington said. "We took some chances, gambled a little, but didn't pressure Bradshaw enough with me and Swann alone. "On the 64-yard touchdown Bradshaw got clobbered, but a step too late. I don't anticipate a guy running 50 yards when we were blitzing. I was still there to make the play, but Swann could jump. "Super Bowls are supposed to be about great plays, and he made some incredible catches. He would probably say he had his best game that day." SUPER BOWL XXIII: 49ERS 20. BENGALS 16 Candy-coated comeback by Joe Cool i ' A " . Associated Press file photo joe Montana (left) and John Taylor (center) celebrate the winning TD' with :34 remaining. By Dan Mann Palm Beach Post Staff Writer During the television timeout preceding the greatest pressure-packed drive in Super Bowl history, Joe Montana told teammates, "Hey, guys, look over there. It's John Candy." Well, that's offensive lineman Harris Barton's version. Today, running back Roger Craig says Barton made the whole thing up. "I was there," Craig said. "I didn't hear Joe say that. Nobody was worrying about who was in the stands." Whether Montana actually used Candy to relax teammates is debated. But whether Montana was relaxed enough to do it is not. Cool, calm and at ease is how everyone in the huddle described Montana during the drive, when he completed 8-of-9 passes for 97 yards, including the famous 10- yard catch by John Taylor in the back of the end zone. "Joe was collected," Craig said. "He wasn't doing anything but calling the plays. We had been in that situation before and it was something we excelled in throughout the season." Starting at the 8-yard line with 3:10 to play and Cincinnati leading 16-13, Montana actually threw for more yards on the drive than the 49ers gained (there was a 10-yard penalty). Montana's teammates just wanted to stay out of his way. "I didn't touch the ball much that drive," Craig said. "I was just thinking, 'Don't be the hero. Protect the ball.'" Said offensive lineman Guy Mclntyre: "I just thought about making sure my man didn't sack him. I knew if he had time he would find the open man. I knew if it could happen, it would." SUPER BOWL XXIX: 49ERS 49. CHARGERS 26 It all turns sour - then tragic - for S.D. By Dan Mann Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ' The San Diego Chargers were better off before the Super Bowl. They were a team loaded with young talent that had finished the regular season 11-5 and surprised everyone in the playoffs. But since getting routed by San Francisco in the Super Bowl, the Chargers have gone 9-7, 8-8, 4-12 and 5-11. They started this season with only 11 players who had uninterrupted service with the Chargers since the Super Bowl. Only two of the 11 were Super Bowl starters Junior Seau and Dwayne Harper. Quarterback Stan Humphries, who was brilliant that year, saw his career cut short by post-concussion syndrome. And most perplexing, three players from that team have died. Linebacker David Griggs, who played for the Dolphins in 1989-93, died in a car accident in Davie in 1995. Running back Rodney Culver and his wife, Karen, were on the ValuJet flight that crashed in the Everglades in 1996. Linebacker Doug Miller was struck by lightning twice while on a camping trip in Colorado in July. "You don't even think about the football aspect of it with those three guys," Chargers personnel director Billy Devaney said. They were all good people. "What happened to Griggs was absolutely tragic, but you think that those things happen. "But then the following year, that happens to Rodney, then players start thinking, 'What the hell is going on?' "That really sent shock waves through our locker room." Miami bowls continued SB4 1 - s S . t l III i t O o s-f 1 f lUdlijLmUlJLjUi w i or x--m Mi. f 4r COURTESY OF COCA COLA nnEce iid ne the nncv VUb00 Uf 110 I lib UU0I 1 1? 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