NFL Lockout

A Stitch In Time: The 1987 NFL Strike

The NFL’s last work stoppage came in 1987 when the NFLPA decided to strike, prompting the league to use replacement players.

The strike only lasted a month but damaged the season’s quality for three weeks when Guido Merkens and some guy named Sean Payton were forced to take snaps at quarterback for the Eagles and Bears, respectively.

Incredibly, towards the the tail-end of the strike, the replacement Redskins beat a veteran-laden Cowboys team on Monday Night Football.

Speaking of Washington, they were the ultimate beneficiaries of the last two work stoppages.

They won Super Bowls in 1982 and 1987.

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