The Superbowl is arguably the hottest topic in the sports industry today, owing to its massive popularity across the world. As such, there have been some exceptional players across its existence who have left a mark in its history. This article has compiled a comprehensive list of the best performers of all-time. The most notable players have taken the lead on some of the main statistical categories.
Masters of the Offensive Line
Tom Brady is arguably the most apparent choice when it comes to quarterbacks in the Super Bowl. He has won the Lombardi Trophy six times in nine Super Bowls. Brady is perhaps the most successful Super Bowl player in all history with 2838 passing yards. Emmitt Smith and Franco Harris have the highest record in terms of rushing yards.
Each has 289 and 354 rushing yards, respectively. Franco Harris achieved this in four trips from 1975 to 1980. In the four Super Bowl games, he had four rushing touchdowns. Emmitt Smith scored five rushing touchdowns in three Super Bowl appearances.
From 1993 to 1996, Smith managed three wins in three trips. Playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Smith became the first player to win two rushing TDs in two different Super Bowl games. With 589 receiving yards, Jerry Rice has made earned the highest Super Bowl records as a receiver. Previously, he played for the San Francisco 49er and has managed eight receiving TDs throughout his career. While playing for the 49ers, he won three Super Bowl games from 1989 to 1995.
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In 2003, during his time at the Oakland Raiders team, Tampa Bay won the game. Throughout Super Bowl history, Lynn Swann held a remarkable record as a pass-catcher. He comes in second with 364 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.
Star Defensive Players
On the defensive end are L.C. Greenwood and Charles Haley. Greenwood has 11 tackles and five sacks. In the 1970s, he got five sacks during four Super Bowls. On the other hand, Charles Haley racked up 4.5 sacks and seven tackles. Apart from Tom Brady, Charles Haley is the only other player to have won five Super Bowls. Haley kicked off his career at the San Francisco 49ers serving as an OLB (outside linebacker).
In San Francisco, he won the Super Bowls a record of two times. Justin Tuck and Willie Davis take on the defensive tackle with nine and four tackles, respectively. Though Willie Davis played at a time when sacks were unofficially recognized, he managed an aggregate of 4.5 in two Super Bowls. The total none tackles made by Justin Tuck placed him ahead of Randy White on the last defensive line.
He played for the New York Giants and won against the New England Patriots in both 2008 and 2012. Most times, middle linebackers are considered tackling machines. In the Super Bowl, Jeff Siemon took the lead in this sector with 30 tackles through three Super Bowl appearances. Though he did not win the Super Bowl, he featured thrice in four seasons from 1974 to 1977.
When it comes to outline linebackers in the Super Bowl, Wally Hilgenberg and Cornelius Bennet take top positions. Wally Hilgenberg played for Minnesota Vikings and won 26 tackles during his career. Cornelius Bennet was part of the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons.
Throughout his career, he managed a total of 25 tackles. In 1973, Jake Scott earned two interceptions during the Super Bowl VII and 63 return yards. The Dolphins emerged winners in the Super Bowl VII. Scott also began at free safety in two out of the three Super Bowl games. At strong safety, Rodney Harrison takes the limelight with two interceptions and 34 tackles.
During Super Bowl XXIX, he was part of the San Diego Chargers team. However, his efforts in forming the Patriots dynasty have placed him on the remarkable part of history. Rodney Harrison won two Super Bowl games and appeared in another while playing for New England.
The Most Notable Teams
Throughout the entire NFL history, Adam Vinatieri has scored the highest points. The celebrated kicker has gained a lot of popularity for his clutch playoff kicks during the Super Bowl in both 2002 and 2004. His achievements earned the New England Patriots two titles. He ranks high for extra points and goals made in the field.
Another notable player is Jerrel Wilson, with his highest punt average in the field. Kansas City Chiefs had him on the field, where he punted seven times. After Super Bowl I, Jerrel Wilson came back in Super Bowl IV as a player for Kansas City Chiefs. His team won against Minnesota Vikings and scooped the Lombardi Trophy.
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