A few years back Jack Youngblood approached Conrad Dobler and an event of some sort and said "Conrad you've got to stop telling that story, it didn't happen that way." Apparently Dobler had been recounting his version in a story about a 1976 St. Louis Cardinal-Los Angeles Rams game that was nationally televised. In that version Dober remembered things Youngblood didn't, but now, we may have the details that will get everyone on the same page.
The story in question has been a recounted in three different books. New Thinking Man's Guide to Professional Football by Paul Zimmerman, They Call Me Dirty by Conrad Dobler and Blood by Jack Youngblood and Joe Engle.
|New Thinking Man's Guide to Professional Football, Zimmerman p. 12.|
Then, there is a more sinister version
|They Call Be Dirty, Dobler |
Finally, there is the Youngblood version as told to Joel Engle:
|Blood. Jack Youngbood and Joel Engle |
Youngblood did hit Dobler ribs, but the "Dick Butkus pop" was not accurate, either, there is some embellishment there. These days Youngblood concedes that point, "I didn't hit him as hard as I wanted".
Once in a while the football gods smile on you and now we have the play in question on video. It shows that maybe Dan Dierdorf was the most accurate when he was asked about the play and he said "All I know is I stood up to block Jack and there was no one there".
As can be seen, Olsen did hold up Dobler, Youngblood then hit Dobler with a glancing blow to the ribs and for a split second you can see Dobler dive at Youngblood, as was told in the Youngblood/Engle version of events. The play resulted in a Rams interception and an altercation of words between Dobler and Youngblood at the
27 second mark of the following clip. :
But, since the "eye in the sky does not lie" it is best to let the views make their own
my view is the answer is found in the lyrics of the Buffalo Springfield song "For What judgment but Worth" when the group's Stephen Stills croons "Nobody's right if everybody's wrong". Its