Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011
By Ray Didinger
QBJoe Montana, San FranciscoUndefeated in four trips to the big game, MVP three times, QB rating of 127.8.
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RBFranco Harris, PittsburghMost rushing yards in Super Bowl history (354) and scored four touchdowns in the Steelers four victories.
RBTerrell Davis, DenverSet 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.
WRJerry Rice, San Francisco, OaklandHolds Super Bowl records for points (48), touchdowns (eight), pass receptions (33) and yards (589). Enough said.
WRLynn Swann, PittsburghThe 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.
TEDave Casper, OaklandOutstanding receiver and devastating blocker, scored a touchdown and helped pave the way for the Raiders 32-14 rout on Minnesota in Super Bowl XI.
TArt Shell, OaklandPitched a shutout at Viking defensive end Jim Marshall (no tackles, no assists) in Super Bowl XI.
TJoe Jacoby, WashingtonThe 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.
GBob Kuechenberg, MiamiPlayed 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.
GLarry Allen, DallasBig, mauling blocker cleared the path for Emmitt Smith to rush for 289 yards and a record five touchdowns in three Super Bowls.
CMike Webster, PittsburghThe only Hall of Famer on an underrated offensive line. Outstanding run blocker.
EReggie White, Green BaySet Super Bowl record with three sacks in one game, the 35-21 win over New England.
ECharles Haley, San Francisco, DallasPlayed on five Super Bowl winners, more than any other player. Holds the Super Bowl record with 4.5 career sacks.
TJoe Greene, PittsburghMean Joe was the heart and soul of the Steel Curtain defense that crushed Minnesota (17 yard rushing) in Super Bowl IX.
TManny Fernandez, MiamiShould have been the MVP of Super Bowl VII. Had 17 tackles in the Dolphins 14-7 win over Washington.
OLBRod Martin, Oakland -- Set a Super Bowl record with three interceptions in the Raiders 27-10 win over the Eagles.
MLBRay Lewis, BaltimoreTough 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.
OLBMike Vrabel, New EnglandHad 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.
CBLarry Brown, DallasThe 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.
CBTy Law, New EnglandReturned 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.
SRonnie Lott, San FranciscoLeader 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.
SJames Washington, DallasOverlooked, 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.
PlacekickerAdam Vinatieri, New EnglandKicked 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.
PunterJerrel Wilson, Kansas City -- Averaged 46.5 yards per punt in two Super Bowls, highest average in Super Bowl history.
Kick ReturnerDesmond Howard, Green BayThe 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, PittsburghThe 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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