Top Ten Super Bowl Characters

January 29, 2021 By Admin

Top Ten Super Bowl Characters

Certainly, the Super Bowl has produced more than its fair share of heroes over the course of 55 years of competition.

For every celebrated hero, when discussing what the odds to win Super Bowl games required over its history, the game has also produced an equal number of unsung heroes and unique personalities who often stole the show on the day of the big game.

These are the top 10 characters in Super Bowl history.

Top Ten Super Bowl Characters

10. Marv Fleming

The first player to appear in five Super Bowls, tight end Fleming was also the first player to win the big game with two different teams. He was part of the Super Bowl I and II victories by the Green Bay Packers.

Moving to the Miami Dolphins, Fleming played in Super Bowls VI, VII, and VIII, winning the last two.

"Jim O’Brian" By Wikimedia Is Licensed Under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
"Jim O’Brian" by Wikimedia is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

9. Jim O’Brien

With a career NFL field goal percentage of .556, in the sloppiest Super Bowl game ever played, Jim O’Brien gave the contest the hero it deserved.

The Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Colts combined to commit 11 turnovers in Super Bowl V. It was 13-13 with five seconds left in the fourth quarter when O’Brien knifed a 32-yard field goal through the upright to make the Colts 16-13 winners.

8. Smokey Stover

The Grey Cup is Canadian football’s version of the Super Bowl. Smokey Stover lost the Super Bowl and won the Grey Cup - in the same calendar year. A backup linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs, Stover played for KC in their 35-10 Super Bowl I loss to the Packers on Jan. 15, 1967.

Cut by the Chiefs, he caught on with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and was a starting linebacker for them when they defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 24-1 in the Grey Cup on Dec. 2, 1967.

7. Larry Brown

Brown was Pittsburgh’s starting tight end in Super Bowls IX and X, catching a touchdown pass in the first game, a 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Moving to tackle, Brown was Pittsburgh’s starting right tackle in the 31-19 Super Bowl XIV win over the Los Angeles Rams.

6. Craig Morton

Morton was the first starting and losing QB in the Super Bowl for two different teams.

He was at the helm for Dallas in that Super Bowl V loss to the Colts. And he was under center for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII when they were routed 27-10 by the Cowboys.

5. Tom Flores

Flores was Len Dawson’s backup QB when the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV. He won Super Bowls XV and XVIII as head coach of the Raiders.

Flores was the first to play for and coach a Super Bowl champion.

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"Preston Pearson" by Wikimedia is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

4. Preston Pearson

Pearson played in five Super Bowls and was the first to appear for three different teams in the big game.

He was only the losing side with the Colts in Super Bowl III. Pearson won Super Bowl IX with the Steelers. He appeared in three Super Bowls with the Cowboys, winning Super Bowl XII.

3. Chuck Howley

In Super Bowl V, Howley picked off two passes and forced a fumble. Even though his Cowboys lost to Baltimore, Howley was named the game’s MVP. He remains the only player from a losing team to be Super Bowl MVP.

2. William Perry

The Chicago Bears rookie defensive tackle was known as The Refrigerator due to his 6-foot-2, 335-pound frame. Bears coach Mike Ditka began utilizing Perry as a fullback in short-yardage situations and he scored two TDs.

In Super Bowl XX, the first Super Bowl prop bet was established on whether Perry would score a TD. He did, on a one-yard run, to make it 44-3 Chicago.

1. Max McGee

Veteran Max McGee caught four passes all season for the Packers heading into Super Bowl I. Assuming he’d be settling into a seat on the bench to watch the game, McGee set out to sample LA’s nightlife on the eve of the game with a couple of female flight attendants in tow. McGee stumbled into the team hotel at 6:30 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday.

Early in the game, Boyd Dowler was hurt and McGee was sent in as his replacement. He caught a 37-yard pass from Bart Starr for the first TD in Super Bowl history. McGee added another TD among seven catches for 138 yards.

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