15 Best Super Bowl Player Performances

Posted: April 11, 2013 in Super Bowl History
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This post was inspired by my sister who asked me to do a “Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows” blog.  Since I normally dont watch the Halftime Show I really dont know who has done the best one.  But it gave me a good idea to do this list about player performances in the Super Bowl.  The Super Bowl is the game that every player wants to play in and everyone wants to play their very best.  There have been a lot of players who have had great performances, these are the best ones in my opinion (in no particular order).

1. Thurman Thomas – Bills: In Super Bowl XXV Thurman Thomas played an amzing game just for his team to come up short against the Giants.  Thomas rushed for 135 on 15 carries, and also had 55 receiving yards on 5 catches.  In the 4th quarter Thomas had a 31 yard touchdown run that gave the Bills the lead, but the Giants scored on a field goal that won the Super Bowl.

2. Troy Aikman: In Super Bowl XXVII the Cowboys trounced the Bills 52-17 and that victory was led by 9 turnovers by the Bills and a stellar performance by Aikman.  Aikman threw 4 TDs and 273 yards to win the Super Bowl MVP.  Two of Aikmans touchdowns went to MIchael Irvin and Aikman completed 22 of 30 passes  Aikman capitalized on the Bills turnovers by scoring 35 points off those turnovers. 

3. James Washington: Here is our first defensive player to make the list.  In Super Bowl XXVIII the Cowboys met the Bills again only to have the Cowboys beat them again 30 to 13.  Once again the defense played a big factor in the victory and that defense was led by James Washington.  In the third quarter Washington scooped up a fumble and ran 46 yards for a TD, He also had a fourth quarter interception, and had 11 tackles.  He didnt win the MVP but Washingtoon was a big factor in the Super Bowl.

4. Ricky Sanders: In Super Bowl XXII the Redskins destroyed the Broncos 42 to 10.  There have been many receivers that have had amazing Super Bowls and Sanders sometimes gets forgotten about.  In the game Sanders caught 2 long TD passes, 9 catches, and 193 receiving yards.  Sanders touchdown catches both came in the second quarter and one was a 50 yarder and the other was an 80 yarder.  Even though Doug Williams was the MVP, Sanders was the reason that Williams had such a good game.

5. Mike Vrabel: In Super Bowl XXXVIII Vrabel was literally all over the field.  The Patriots and Panthers played one of the best Super Bowls in history that ended up with the Patriots winning 32 to 29.  The key to this game was Vrabel and his performance on both sides of the ball.  He had 6 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble on defense.  Then on offense he caught a short touchdown pass from Brady for the go-ahead score. 

6. Kurt Warner: I remember watching this Super Bowl and being on the edge of my seat the whole game.  There are many memorable plays and players from this Super Bowl; like Mike Jones tackle on Dyson at the 1 yard line to win the game.  But the player that had the biggest impact was Warner with his Super Bowl record 414 passing yards and 2 touchdowns which earned him the Super Bowl MVP.  The Rams won 23-16 over the Titans in one of the most dramatic Super Bowls in NFL history.

7. Terrell Davis: In Super Bwol XXXII the Broncos squared off with the Packers.  Davis had a severe migraine and missed part of the game, but that didnt stop him from rushing for 157 yards and a Super Bowl record 3 rushing touchdowns.  The game was close for the most part, but David had the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for the Broncos.  Davis also earned MVP honors for his performance.

8. Jack Lambert: It was the Steelers and Rams in Super Bowl XIV and Lambert was the defensive monster that made sure the Rams would not win the Super Bowl.  The Steelers in the 70s were full of Hall of Famers, but on this day it was Lambert that showed why he was a Hall of Famer.  He had an amazing 14 tackles and a 4th quarter interception to seal the victory for the Steelers.  Lambert may not have won the MVP but he was the MVP of that game.

9. Rod Martin: Most people probably dont even know who he is at all.  Martin holds the Super Bowl record for interceptions in a Super Bowl; and he is an outside linebacker.  In Super Bowl VX the Raiders were pinned up against the Eagles.  Martin set the tone for the game by getting a quick interception which set the tone for the whole game.  By the end of the game he had 5 tackles and 3 interceptions that defined the game and sealed the victory for the Raiders.  Jim Plunkett was the MVP of the game but Martin deserved to be a co-MVP with the performance he had.  The Raiders won by the score of 27 to 10.

10. Timmy Smith: Here is another player from Super Bowl XXII that had an amazing performance.  Smith was a rookie out of Texas Tech and the Broncos could not stop him the whole game.  He ended up scoring 2 touchdowns and ran for a Super Bowl record 204 yards.  This game was a Redskin free for all and in the second quarter alone the Skins scored 35 points on their way to a 42 to 10 victory over the Broncos.  Smith may not of had a big NFL career, but he stepped up when it counted and had an amazing Super Bowl game.

11. Lynn Swann: Most people would disagree for me to put Swann on this list because he only had 4 catches in the game.  The reason why I am putting him on the list is because all 4 of his catches had a huge impact in Super Bowl X.  It was the Steelers and the Cowboys and Swann had 4 catches, 161 yards, and a touchdown.  In the 4th quarter Swann hauled in a 64 yeard touchdown that proved to be the deciding score to seal the victory for the Steelers.  And this is the Super Bowl where Swann made the amazing catch after it was tipped and while he was falling to the ground.

12. Jerry Rice: There are many great Super Bowl performances by Rice, but the one that stands out is Super Bowl XXIII where the 49ers played the Bengals.  At halftime the game was tied at 3 to 3; it was a snooze fest.  Rice was steady the whole game and caught 11 passes and a Super Bowl record 215 yards.  In the 4th quarter Rice caught a 14 yard touchdown pass to tie the game and gave the 49ers the spark they needed to drive down the field one more time to win the game.  Rice was the games MVP and this will always be his greatest performance in a Super Bowl.

13. Marcus Allen: In Super Bowl XVIII Allen had a hay day against the Redskins.  The Redskins had a very respectable defense that year and they were the defending Super Bowl Champs; so I dont think anyone expected the Raiders to beat them 38 to 9.  This was the Super Bowl where Allen had that amazing 74 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter that has been seen as one of the best runs in the NFL.  By the end of the of the game Allen had 191 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns that earned him the MVP of the game.

14. Joe Montana: It’s hard to say which Super Bowl is Montanas best because every Super Bowl he played in was amazing.  Just purely based on stats I have to go with Super Bowl XXIV when the 49ers trounced the Broncos 55 to 10.  Montana threw for 297 yars, 5 touchdown passes, and earned Super Bowl MVP for the third time.  Three of Joes touchdowns went to Jerry Rice and in the 4 Super Bowls that Montana played in he threww 11 TDs and zero interceptions earning him the name “Joe Cool”.

15. Steve Young: In Super Bowl XXIX the 49ers were up against the Chargers.  The 49ers were projected to win, but nobody was expecting Young to do what he did.  On the 49ers first drive Young set a record for scoring the fastest TD in Super Bowl history.  Also, on the 49ers first 2 drives Young threw 2 TDs.  By the end of the game Young threw a Super Bowl record 6 touchdowns and 325 yards which earned him the Super Bowl MVP.  The final score was 49 to 26 and combined there were 10 TDs and a combined score of 75 which still remains a Super Bowl record.

  1. McCall Probert says:

    Thx 4 the shoutout. Glad I could help.

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