OAN’s Abril Elfi
2:02 PM – Sunday, January 7, 2024
Former Raiders Linebacker Jack Squirek has died at 64.
On Friday, the team released a statement announcing the passing of the superbowl champion and sending their condolences to the family.
“The Raiders Family is mourning the loss of Jack Squirek,” the team announced on Saturday. “Squirek played four years for the Raiders and was a central figure in one of pro football’s all-time great plays. The thoughts and deepest condolences of the Raider Nation are with the Squirek family at this time.”
According to reports, even though no cause of death was revealed, he had been battling an illness for several months.
In the second round of the 1982 NFL Draft, Squirek was selected by the Los Angeles Raiders, who were then based in Illinois.
Over the course of his four seasons with the team, he participated in 53 regular season games, seven of which were playoff games, recording three sacks, two fumble recoveries, and an interception while making eight starts.
The highlight of Squirek’s career was his pivotal interception against the Washington Redskins in the first half of Super Bowl XVIII in 1984.
The linebacker intercepted Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann before he could run it five yards for a touchdown after reading Washington’s screenplay.
The linebacker’s touchdown came from the interception, which is widely regarded as one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history.
Squirek leaves behind his wife Penny, and children Jacob III and Cassandra, as well as a grandchild and a second one on the way.
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