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WHO IS JOE JACOBY?!

Joe Jacoby was an undrafted free agent out of Louisville. He played 13 years in the NFL, 1981 – 1993, all with the Redskins, and earned four Pro Bowl selections, 3 All-Pro selections, and was named to the 1980s All-Decade team. Joe started in 4 Super Bowls and won 3!
He was one of the leaders of the iconic "Hogs" an offensive line that created one of the most feared running games in the league. In the early 1980s, he blocked for John Riggins to two Super Bowls and a Hall of Fame career, then George Rogers to Timmy Smith to a record 204 yards in the 1988 Super Bowl.
He was the linchpin of an offensive line who blocked for three separate Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, something that is unique in NFL history.

Joe Jacoby holds a special place in the development of the NFL left tackle. He was one of the very first of a new breed of left tackle who had enormous size as do the tackles of today’s game but was also agile. Michael Lewis, in his 2006 book, The Blind Side (which was made into an Oscar-winning motion picture about the life of current Panthers’ tackle Michael Oher), wrote about Jacoby, stating that the Redskins first gave Joe the left tackle job because, at 6’7” and 315 pounds, plus strength and mobility, he was the “more like left tackle of the future” – in other words, he was a singularly unique talent. Joe was 3-4 inches taller and 50 pounds heavier than the average left tackle of his day.Joe was the leader of a football revolution that recognized the value of the left tackle, specifically because of what Jacoby, at his size and weight, did against the fearsome, hall of fame pass rushers in the NFC East in Philly, New York, and Dallas like the aforementioned Taylor, Reggie White, Randy White, and Harry Carson. Joe successfully battled all of those players twice a year every season.

Iconic highlights are hard to come by for offensive lineman. John Riggins’ 43 yard touchdown run on January 30, 1983, gave the Redskins the lead over Miami in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XVII. The play call was I-right 70 Chip, and the lead blocker who opened the hole for Riggins was Joe Jacoby. The play was the deciding play of the Super Bowl and likely the greatest play in franchise history.

Record setting statistics for offensive lineman are often hard to quantify and appreciate but consider this: The 1991 Hogs surrendered a grand total of 9 sacks over the 16 game season and zero sacks in the playoffs including the Super Bowl victory over Buffalo. A remarkable accomplishment, particularly in the NFC East with an immobile quarterback in Mark Rypien, This is a stat that will probably never be broken!

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