SUPERSTARS of the SUPER BOWL, Part 2: Offense

Posted: February 1, 2011 by The Cheap Seat Fan in NFL
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Yesterday I showcased my picks for the best defenders in Super Bowl history, during my life. Today we’ll switch to what lands the most headlines: offense. There have been a ton of the league’s greatest names to make their mark on Super Sunday, but only the best of the best rise above them all. It is impossible to list them all here, so some great individual performers, such as Kurt Warner & Larry Fitzgerald for example, may not make the cut. Likewise, some of the game’s most accomplished winners, (all due respects to Troy Aikman and Tom Brady), may be on the outside looking in too.

Here is the best of the best, the untouchables under the brightest lights.

Quarterback

Joe Montana-San Francisco 49ers (XVI, XIX, XXIII & XXIV): The greatest winner in the history of the game played his best under the most pressure. In four Super Bowls he won four games, one of only two quarterbacks to achieve this level of success. Montana threw 11 touchdowns with 1,142 yards in these games and sported a 127.8 quarterback rating. He took home MVP honors in 3 of his appearances.

"Golden Joe" never shined brighter than when under the Super Sunday lights, where his 4-0 record is tied for best ever.

Running Back

Emmitt Smith-Dallas Cowboys (SB XXVII, XXVIII & XXX): The all-time rushing yards and touchdown leader didn’t take off Super Sunday’s either, playing a vital role in three Cowboy Super Bowl wins in four years. His five rushing scores are career Super Bowl record and his 132 yard, 2 TD game in ’94 netted him a game MVP.

Of the trio of Cowboy stars on offense, Emmitt was the hammer that wore down Buffalo twice and Pittsburgh.

Terrell Davis-Denver Broncos (SB XXXII & XXXIII): John Elway takes many of the headlines, but Davis was the driving force in the back-to-back Bronco Super Bowl wins of ’98 and ’99, running for 259 yards in both his appearances and taking home MVP honors in XXXII after a 3-touchdown day.

Wide Receiver

Jerry Rice-San Francisco 49ers & Oakland Raiders (SB XXIII, XXIV, XXIX & XXXVII): The lynchpin over two eras of the 49ers dynasty, Rice took home three championships, bringing in a record eight touchdown, with two 3-TD games. He won the MVP of XXIII matchup with 11 catches for 215 yards and one score.

Rice took three different MVP quarterback to Super Sunday, where he put in work each trip.

Antonio Freeman-Green Bay Packers (SB XXXI & XXXII): One of the underrated game breakers in Super Bowl history. In two games, Brett Favre’s main target made his presence felt, totaling 12 catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns, including a then-record 81 yard score in his Super Bowl debut.

Santonio Holmes-Pittsburgh Steelers (SB XLIII): He has appeared in only one SB thus far, but he maximized the opportunity, finishing with 9 catches for 131 yards. However his clutch performance on the game’s final drive lands him here, as he brought in 4 catches for 71 yards including an amazing game winning grab in the corner of the end zone in double coverage.

Tight End

Jay Novacek-Dallas Cowboys (SB XXVII, XXVIII & XXX): A key receiver for Troy Aikman that opened up lots of opportunities for his better known teammates, Novacek won three Super Bowls and brought in 17 catches and two touchdowns in the three games.

Offensive Tackle

Erik Williams-Dallas Cowboys (SB XXVII, XXVIII & XXX): The tackle that watched Troy Aikman’s blindside while he engineered three Dallas ‘ships and a bulldozer that opened up holes for Emmitt Smith record-breaking Super Bowl performances. He more than deserves this spot.

Orlando Pace-St. Louis Rams (SB XXXIV & XXXVI): Pace played against two tough and diverse defense in his games versus the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots, yet he still kept the heat off Kurt Warner long enough to let him to have two of the three best passing days in Super Bowl history.

Offensive Guard/Center

Mark Schlereth-Washington Redskins & Denver Broncos (XXII, XXXII & XXXIII): Before he became an ESPN personality, he was a road grating blocker for John Riggins and Terrell Davis and took home three Super Bowl rings for his dirty work. He was a key member of the brutal, and sometimes dirty, interior line in Denver.

Schlereth was a warrior for two of the toughest front lines in recent Super Bowl history, in two different cities.

Adam Timmerman-Green Bay Packers & St. Louis Rams (SB XXXI, XXXII, XXXIV & XXXVI): An underrated element of two great offensive teams, Timmerman played in four of the great offensive performances in the Super Bowl history and was a steady presence in front Marshall Faulk and Dorsey Levens. He took home two Super Bowl rings in four trips and played a vital role in each team.

Tom Nalen-Denver Broncos (SB XXXII & XXXIII): A quick and versatile center, Nalen was equally adept at opening up the middle for Terrell Davis as he was at keeping inside pressure off of John Elway. Nalen Anchored the Broncos’ offensive line which was the underrated strength of the back-to-back Broncos championship teams.

Kicker

Adam Vinatieri-New England Patriots & Indianapolis Colts (SB XXXI, XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLII & XLIV): A six time Super Bowl attendee, and four time champion. If any player’s legend is owed to the game, it is Vinatieri’s. He has seven career SB field goals, including game winners from 48 and 41 yards.

No player has had to assume more sudden Super Bowl responsibility than Vinatieri, and he hasn't cracked once under the pressure.

Head Coach

Bill Belichick-New England Patriots (SB XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX & XLII): There may not be a more controversial or disliked coach in NFL history, but his success on the biggest stage is outstanding. He upset the a powerhouse Rams team for his first Super Bowl win as head coach, and followed it up with two more wins in the next four years. His success on Super Sunday did not start when he took over the reins in New England, as he served as assistant Head Coach for the Patriots Super Bowl XXXI team and was the defensive coordinator of two New York Giant championship teams in Super Bowls XXI and XXV.

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Comments
  1. Jamal Miller says:

    Joe Montana had the greatest football player of all time in Jerry Rice. That plays a HUGE Factor in why he was so successful. Brady has 3 championships and did not have nearly the talent that Montana did. Whoever does more with less is ultimately my favorite. There fore I’m going with Brady.

    • That’s good point, and quite valid. Montana takes the nod for me because he simply was untouchable in the Bowl and he led the Niners to some straight blowouts nearly every go at it. Also he won his first two titles before Rice joined the team, so it’s as much on him that they had as much as they did. He simply made everyone around him that much better, was unstoppable in the clutch & never lost on the highest level, something Brady will never be able to say, considering he lost with his most talented team against the Giants.

  2. wesley dandridge says:

    I am pretty good with your picks. I am pretty shocked that shannon sharpe was not at tight end. i would have had to make two spots just to put him in there. Even though they dont get too much notary i would have put lorenzo neal at fullback just to fill the position. He did help the titans make that one of the greatest super bowls of all time.

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