VA
  • TGT on YouTube
  • About TGT
  • The TGT Team
  • How TGT rates
  • Responsible Gambling Advice
  • Contact Our Team
  • Writers Wanted
  • Content Disclaimer
  • Affiliate Disclosure
Contains commercial content
Billboard Left
Billboard Left
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Top 10 Forgotten Heroes of the Super Bowl

Top 10 Forgotten Heroes of the Super Bowl

Guys who don't get enough credit
Publish Date: 02/08/2023
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis

Everybody knows Kurt Warner, Jim Plunkett, Johnny Unitas, etc., as they were Super Bowl winners, but today we’re e going to look at some of the players who made some big plays to help these men to become legends!

1) Dwight Smith, Tampa Bay, Super Bowl XXXVII

Dwight Smith is still the only player in Super Bowl history to intercept two passes and return them both for touchdowns in Super Bowl history. He did not win the MVP award for the game. When asked about the denial, Smith said it best: “They give out the MVP every year. I own a record that can stand forever. So far so good.

Video: Dwight Smith in Super Bowl XXXVII

Dwight Smith in Super Bowl XXXVII

2) Max McGee, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl I

Packers wide receiver Boyd Dowler was supposed to be the star of this show, but Dowler got hurt early in the game. So who would take overย and save the day, you might ask. Well, it was an aging receiver hungover from a late night of partying, that’s who! Max McGee had the game of his life, catching seven passes for 138 yards and two TDs.

Video: The Max McGee Story: The Greatest Untold Story Ever

The Max McGee Story: The Greatest Untold Story Ever

3) Timmy Smith, Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XXII

Smith’s first start was in the Super Bowl and in that first start, he shocked everybody by running for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Smith disappearedย seemingly from the face of the earth afterward and was never heard from again. But, for one magical game in San Diego, Smith was a legend!

Video: Timmy Smith - Superbowl XXII

Timmy Smith – Superbowl XXII

4) Larry Brown, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXX

If I asked you who was the first cornerback in Super Bowl history to win the MVP ย award and I told you he played in Super Bowl XXX with the Cowboys, you would probably guess Deion Sanders. The answer would be little-known journeyman cornerback Larry Brown, who intercepted twoย passes that sealed a Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Video: Larry Brown Highlights

Larry Brown Highlights

5) Mike Jones, St. Louis Rams, Super Bowl XXXIV

Everybody remembers Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner’s fourth-quarter heroics and most remember a Titan tackled at the one-yard line to end the game. The question is: What Ram saved the game on that final play? That man would be Mike Jones, who tackled Kevin Dyson as the clock run out.

Video: The Tackle (Rams vs Titans 1999 Super Bowl XXXIV)

The Tackle (Rams vs Titans 1999 Super Bowl XXXIV)

ย 

6) Rod Martin, Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XV

Rod Martin was a solid linebacker during his NFL career, but on this Sunday, he would become a legend in Raider lore. Martin picked off three Ron Jaworski passes as the Raiders upset the Eagles and became the first wild card team to win a Super Bowl.

Video: Wild Card Raiders Make a Run and Win Super Bowl XV | Las Vegas Raiders

Wild Card Raiders Make a Run and Win Super Bowl XV | Las Vegas Raiders

7) Jim O’Brien, Baltimore Colts, Super Bowl V

O’Brien was a straight-on kicker, one of the last of a dying breed in the early 1970s. For his career, O’Brien made 60 out of 108 kicks. On this day, he would go down in history as the first kicker in Super Bowl history to kick a game-winning field goal. O’Brien booted a 32-yard field goal to give the Colts a 16-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys in a game filled with errors.

Video: Super Bowl V Jim O'Brien's game winning FG

Super Bowl V Jim O’Brien’s game winning FG

8) Jack Squirek, Los Angeles Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII

Squirek had a short-lived NFL career, but for one day he was a legend. The Raiders had a commanding lead heading into halftime, and that lead only grew bigger when the Redskins decided for some reason, with time running out in the first half, to try to passย from their own goal line.

Redskin QB Joe Theismann threw the ball, and Jack Squirek caught the pass and raced into the end zone to win the game for the Raiders. Defensive coordinator Charlie Sumner put Squirek in the right spot to make the play, Squirek graced Sports Illustrated’s cover the very next week.

Video: Squirek

Squirek

9) James Washington, Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVIII

The rematch of Super Bowl XXVII saw the Bills outplay the Cowboys in the first half. The turning point came in the third quarter as Cowboy defensive back scooped up a Thurman Thomas fumble and scored on a 46-yard TD return. The Cowboys dominated the game after the Fumble and would go on to win their second straight Super Bowl. Washington also intercepted a pass in the previous year’s matchup with Buffalo.

Video: Super Bowl Champion James Washington Shares Secrets To Success On And Off Field | CNBC Make It.

Super Bowl Champion James Washington Shares Secrets To Success On And Off Field | CNBC Make It.

10) Chris Reis, New Orleans Saints, Super Bowl XLIV

In this game, Saints coach Sean Payton made one of the gutsiest calls in Super Bowl history: With his Saints down 10-6 at the start of the second half against the Indianapolis Colts, Payton decided to onside kick to open the second half. After about a minute of fighting to recover the fumble, Chris Reis came out of the pile to spark the Saints to victory.

Video: Chris Reis Super Bowl Interview

Chris Reis Super Bowl Interview

Billboard Left
Billboard Left
Read Also
Come Fly with me: How the 1988-89 Chicago Bulls pushed forward to an NBA dynasty.
Find the best sportsbook to bet on the NBA Playoffs! Prologue: By ...
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
SI Sportsbook Promo
Elmer Ray: The Humble Man of Hastings
"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for ...
Top 100 remaining 2021 NFL free agents after Day 1
This is the most up-to-date list of available NFL free agents following ...
Predicting the next five Pro Football Hall of Fame classes
Induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is ...
Ranking the top 200 players in the NFL ahead of the 2021 season
This list isnโ€™t based solely on performances from the 2020 NFL season. ...
Top 100 NFL free agents entering the 2021 offseason
Below is a list of the top 100 free agents available this ...
Ranking the top 50 NFL players under 25 years old in 2021
The NFL features plenty of superstars and future Hall of Famers. However, ...
The Army Boxer Who Knocked-Down Muhammad Ali (1960)
I had wanted to write a boxing story about Junebug Hudson for ...
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Latest News
March Madness Sweet 16: Preview and Predictions
After a crazy first weekend, the Madness rolls ...
Top 15 College Basketball Coaches of All-Time
Ranking the greatest college basketball coaches of all ...
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: Indiana Basketball W/Steve Risley: IU/Miami recap and whats next for the Hoosiers
Indiana Basketball W/Steve Risley: IU/Miami recap and whats next for the Hoosiers
Video: Indiana Basketball W/Steve Risley: Hoosiers advance! IU/Miami Preview
Indiana Basketball W/Steve Risley: Hoosiers advance! IU/Miami Preview
Video: Indiana Basketball W/Steve Risley: IU vs Kent State Preview and more
Indiana Basketball W/Steve Risley: IU vs Kent State Preview and more
Betting Tips
Los Angeles Galaxy โ€“ Vancouver Whitecaps
03/19/2023 - 2:30 am
Dignity Health Sports Park
Tip:
Double Chance: Draw/Away
2.2
Bet365
Bet Now
Colorado Rapids โ€“ Minnesota United FC
03/19/2023 - 1:30 am
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Tip:
Both Teams Score: No
2.1
Bet365
Bet Now
Chicago Fire โ€“ FC Cincinnati
03/19/2023 - 12:30 am
Soldier Field
Tip:
Both Teams Score: No
2.2
Bet365
Bet Now
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Review
4.9/5
Bet365
Bet365
Bet365 Review
4.8/5
PointsBet
PointsBet
PointsBet Review
4.7/5
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com Review
4.6/5
DraftKings
DraftKings
DraftKings Review
4.6/5
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Bonus
BET $20 GET $200 IN FREE BETS
T&Cs apply
4.9/5
First deposit only | 21+ & located in VA | Promo code as seen| A qualifying bet is $20 or more | Min odds of +120 or more | Free Bet Tokens credited after bet is settled and expire after 7 days | Free Bet stakes not included in winnings | Please Gamble Responsibly - Gambling Problem? VA: CALL 1-888-532-3500 | Full T&C apply
Bet365
Bet365 Bonus
Bet $1 & Get $365 in Bonus Bets
T&Cs apply
4.8/5
Bet $1 and Get $365 in Bonus Bets at bet365. Deposit required. Bonus Bets winnings are added to Bonus Bets balance. Bonus Bet wager excluded from returns. T&Cs, time limits and exclusions apply. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler 21+
PointsBet
PointsBet Bonus
5 x $50Bet Credits
T&Cs apply
4.7/5
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com Bonus
100% up to $500
T&Cs apply
4.6/5
DraftKings
DraftKings Bonus
20% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
4.6/5
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterAuthor IconJosh SchwartzSamuel TeetsSimon Briffa
+8
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Author Icon
Christopher Carlson
Content Writer
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Chris Benedict
Chris Benedict
Editor
Author Icon
Malik Zorrok
Author
Author Icon
Daniel Kornhauser
Author
John Raspanti
John Raspanti
Author
Author Icon
Buddy Gibbs
Author
Brian Coburn
Brian Coburn
Author
Peter Bonahoom
Peter Bonahoom
Author
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

If you enjoy hearing from the legends of pro sports, then be sure to tune into โ€œThe Grueling Truthโ€ sports shows, โ€œWhere the legends speakโ€

Contact us: [email protected]

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

21+NCPG
Move to Top
Close
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Social casino loved by Drake!
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Bonus Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site