It could be argued that no position has changed more in the NFL’s history than the tight end. Once primarily a sixth offensive lineman who would catch the occasional pass, tight ends have become key cogs on offense.
In the Super Bowl’s 50-year history, 44 different players have been named MVP. Not surprisingly, quarterback has been the most awarded position (27). Tom Brady, Joe Montana (thee each), Terry Bradshaw, Eli Manning and Bart Starr are responsible for 12 of those as the only multiple winners of the honor.
Tom Brady, a lock to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame once he’s eligible, is getting ready to play in his record seventh Super Bowl. While Brady’s success on Super Sunday (four rings, three MVPs) is a big part of his legacy, there are numerous Hall of Famers who never even made it to the Super Bowl, let alone win one.
For the first time in four years, the Super Bowl won’t feature the AFC’s and NFC’s No. 1 seeds, but that doesn’t mean a matchup between the top scoring offense (Atlanta) and top scoring defense (New England) is a bad alternative. However, that has not always been the case for the NFL’s biggest game.
The Super Bowl may be the NFL’s biggest game, but only two teams get the opportunity to share this stage each season. Because of this, many of the game’s greatest players, including members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, were never given an opportunity to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.