Marshall has ball, and fans do, too, in two-interception game

September 16, 1991|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Evening Sun Staff

WASHINGTON -- After his first interception, linebacker Wilber Marshall retreated to the Washington Redskins' bench and heaved the football into the stands at RFK Stadium, a pass certain to draw a fine from the NFL office.

After his second interception, Marshall jogged to the end zone bleachers and presented the ball to a young girl.

And if that merits a fine, Marshall said later, "I'll pay that, too."

Four years after he came to the Redskins in a celebrated free-agent signing, Marshall was delivering the big plays that had made him an All-Pro with the Chicago Bears. His two interceptions of Phoenix quarterback Tom Tupa were instrumental in Washington's 34-0 victory yesterday.

"I think that is what everybody has been expecting out of him," said Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. "Wilber is making some great plays for us."

Marshall's first interception snuffed the Cardinals' best scoring threat of the day. Phoenix faced third-and-five from the Redskins' 9 in the second quarter when Marshall stepped in front of Ricky Proehl at the goal line and made his 14th career interception, returning it 7 yards.

The Redskins were up 14-0 at the time.

Marshall's 15th career theft in the third quarter put the game away. Tupa again was looking for Proehl when he found Marshall instead at the Washington 46. Holding the ball in his left hand, Marshall faked a lateral to teammate Alvoid Mays and weaved 54 yards to a touchdown.

"He looked like an option quarterback," Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien said.

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