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Raiders Super Bowl XVIIII star Jack Squirek dies at 64

There are many different heroes in Super Bowls. Some big names and others who etch their place in the game’s history.

Jack Squirek of the Raiders was among the latter. The linebacker whose pick-six in Super Bowl XVIII became an iconic memory, died Friday at the age of 64.

The throw by Joe Theismann was picked by Squirek, who returned it 5 yards for the touchdown that made it 21-3 after the PAT in the second quarter.

The Raiders went on to w 38-9 win over Washington.

Per the team website:

Squirek played four years for the Raiders and was a central figure in one of pro football’s all-time great plays.

With the Raiders leading Washington near halftime of Super Bowl XVIII, Squirek intercepted a screen pass and returned it 5 yards for a touchdown to give the Silver and Black an insurmountable 21-3 lead in the eventual victory.

He originally joined the Raiders as a second-round draft pick out of Illinois in 1982 and played in 53 career games with the Raiders before finishing his pro career with Miami.

Story originally appeared on Touchdown Wire