Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011
By Ray Didinger
QB Joe Montana, San Francisco Undefeated in four trips to the big game, MVP three times, QB rating of 127.8.
RB Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Most rushing yards in Super Bowl history (354) and scored four touchdowns in the Steelers four victories.
RB Terrell Davis, Denver Set a Super Bowl record with three rushing touchdowns in 31-24 win over Green Bay. Dominated the game with 157 rushing yards despite missing most of the second quarter with migraine headaches.
WR Jerry Rice, San Francisco, Oakland Holds Super Bowl records for points (48), touchdowns (eight), pass receptions (33) and yards (589). Enough said.
WR Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh The first wide receiver to earn Super Bowl MVP honors for his spectacular performance (four catches, 161 yards, one touchdown) in a 21-17 win over Dallas.
TE Dave Casper, Oakland Outstanding receiver and devastating blocker, scored a touchdown and helped pave the way for the Raiders 32-14 rout on Minnesota in Super Bowl XI.
T Art Shell, Oakland Pitched a shutout at Viking defensive end Jim Marshall (no tackles, no assists) in Super Bowl XI.
T Joe Jacoby, Washington The Redskins offensive line, known as the Hogs, were the key to the team winning three Super Bowls. Jacoby was the tackle who most often pulled to lead the counter trey, their bread and butter play.
G Bob Kuechenberg, Miami Played Super Bowl VIII with a cast on his broken arm and dominated Vikings All-Pro Alan Page as Miami ran the ball 53 times in a 24-7 win.
G Larry Allen, Dallas Big, mauling blocker cleared the path for Emmitt Smith to rush for 289 yards and a record five touchdowns in three Super Bowls.
C Mike Webster, Pittsburgh The only Hall of Famer on an underrated offensive line. Outstanding run blocker.
E Reggie White, Green Bay Set Super Bowl record with three sacks in one game, the 35-21 win over New England.
E Charles Haley, San Francisco, Dallas Played on five Super Bowl winners, more than any other player. Holds the Super Bowl record with 4.5 career sacks.
T Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Mean Joe was the heart and soul of the Steel Curtain defense that crushed Minnesota (17 yard rushing) in Super Bowl IX.
T Manny Fernandez, Miami Should have been the MVP of Super Bowl VII. Had 17 tackles in the Dolphins 14-7 win over Washington.
OLB Rod Martin, Oakland -- Set a Super Bowl record with three interceptions in the Raiders 27-10 win over the Eagles.
MLB Ray Lewis, Baltimore Tough call, Lewis over Jack Lambert of the Steelers, but the Ravens won with defense and Lewis was the MVP of the Super Bowl rout of the New York Giants.
OLB Mike Vrabel, New England Had two sacks and a forced fumble in the win over Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII as well as catching a touchdown pass. Had a sack and another touchdown reception the following year in the win over the Eagles.
CB Larry Brown, Dallas The only cornerback to earn Super Bowl MVP honors. He had a mediocre career except for Super Bowl XXX when his two interceptions (OK, they were gifts from Steelers quarterback Neil ODonnell but still) set up 14 points in a 27-17 Cowboys win.
CB Ty Law, New England Returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown to lift the Patriots to a 20-17 upset of the favored St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.
S Ronnie Lott, San Francisco Leader of the 49er defense, played both corner and safety. His head-snapping hit on Cincinnati fullback Icky Woods was a tone-setter in Super Bowl XXIII.
S James Washington, Dallas Overlooked, but a key performer in the Cowboys 30-13 win over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVIII. Washington had 11 tackles, an interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Placekicker Adam Vinatieri, New England Kicked two last minute field goals to win Super Bowls for the Patriots. Sure bet to become only the second kicking specialist voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jan Stenerud of Kansas City is the other.
Punter Jerrel Wilson, Kansas City -- Averaged 46.5 yards per punt in two Super Bowls, highest average in Super Bowl history.
Kick Returner Desmond Howard, Green Bay The only return specialist voted Super Bowl MVP. His 99 yard kickoff return for a touchdown helped the Packers defeat New England, 35-21, in Super Bowl XXXI.
Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh The most underrated coach in NFL history. Transformed the NFLs most hapless franchise into a dynasty. A perfect 4-0 in the Super Bowl.
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