Jan. 22, 1984 - Before Super Bowl XVIII, Los Angeles Raiders defensive end Lyle Alzado vowed to decapitate Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann. While Alzado didn't make good on that promise, he was involved in a pivotal play.
With the Raiders leading 14-3 and 12 seconds remaining before halftime, Theismann attempted a screen pass to running back Joe Washington. Alzado disrupted Washington just enough to allow linebacker Jack Squirek to intercept the pass and return it five yards for a touchdown.
"I guess I pulled [Washington] by the jersey, but I didn't hold onto him," Alzado said. "I was surprised Theismann threw the ball, but he probably figured I couldn't catch it."
The Redskins believed a penalty should have been called. "They normally try to grab me, and Alzado had me," Washington said. "Holding is holding."
After the Raiders' 38-9 victory, television cameras caught Alzado crying on the sidelines.
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