With the recent passing of Don Coryell, it got me thinking about a game that sparked interest to a young teenager here in the UK. As an English kid growing up “across the pond” while being an American Football fan in the early 80′s was hard, we had one weekly paper “First Down” that brought us the news we craved for, and one show on Channel 4 starting around 9pm till late (I used to be sent to bed and had to sneak back down to watch the games with the volume on low ha ha)…. I had to get my fix though.
If you thought getting into American Football was difficult, choosing a team was worse. Teams had bright colours, fancy names and cheerleaders! I followed the team that lost Superbowl XIX against the team in red, the team in white (that makes me smile) “the Dolphins”. Lucky for me this team had “history” and one particular historical highlight stood out to me, apart from the Super Bowls, the undefeated season, and colourful characters. It was “the play”.