Category:Super Bowl MVPs
Players who have won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award.
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Players who have won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award.
The following 46 pages are in this category, out of 46 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award – The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award, or Super Bowl MVP, is presented annually to the most valuable player of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game. The winner is chosen by a fan vote during the game, the media panels ballots count for 80 percent of the vote tally, while the viewers ballots make up the other 20 percent. The games viewing audience can vote on the Internet or by using cellular phones, Super Bowl XXXV, the Super Bowl MVP has been awarded annually since the games inception in 1967. Through 1989, the award was presented by SPORT magazine, bart Starr was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. Since 1990, the award has been presented by the NFL, at Super Bowl XXV, the league first awarded the Pete Rozelle Trophy, named after the former NFL commissioner, to the Super Bowl MVP. Ottis Anderson was the first to win the trophy, Most award winners have received cars from various sponsors. The most recent Super Bowl MVP was New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Brady is the only player to have won four Super Bowl MVP awards, Joe Montana has won three and three others—Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Eli Manning—have won the award twice. Starr and Bradshaw are the ones to have won it in back-to-back years. The MVP has come from the team every year except 1971. Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, including the Super Bowl XII co-MVPs, seven Cowboys players have won Super Bowl MVP awards, the most of any NFL team. Quarterbacks have earned the honor 28 times in 51 games, mark Rypien and Hines Ward are the only players born outside the United States to earn the Super Bowl MVP, having been born in Canada and South Korea, respectively
2. Drew Brees – Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. After a prolific college football career at Purdue University, he was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick in the round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He left college as one of the players in Purdue and Big Ten Conference history. As of 2016, he remains the Big Ten record-holder in virtually every passing category, including completions, yards, Brees started his professional career with the San Diego Chargers, earning the starting job in 2002 and making the Pro Bowl in 2004. Nine months after suffering a bad dislocation in his shoulder joint and he met immediate success in New Orleans, earning nine trips to the Pro Bowl and leading the Saints to their first Super Bowl in Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts. Since joining the Saints in 2006, he has led all NFL quarterbacks in touchdowns, passing yards, Brees has passed for over 5,000 yards in a season five times—no other NFL quarterback has done so more than once. He has led the NFL in passing touchdowns four times, and he was the NFLs Comeback Player of the Year in 2004, the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011, and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Sports Illustrated named Brees its 2010 Sportsman of the Year, Brees was born to Eugene Wilson Chip Brees II, a prominent trial lawyer, and Mina Ruth, an attorney. A Sports Illustrated article stated he was named for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson and he has a younger brother, Reid. When Brees was seven, his parents divorced and shared custody of the boys, Today, Brees admits that it was a very tough and challenging life after the divorce, however, Brees and his younger brother, Reid, supported each other and became very close. They have a younger half-sister, Audrey, from their fathers remarriage to Amy Hightower, daughter of the late U. S, both of Breess parents had athletic backgrounds. His father played basketball for the Texas A&M Aggies mens basketball team and his younger brother, Reid, was an outfielder for the Baylor Bears baseball team, which made the 2005 College World Series and now resides in Colorado, where he works in sales. Brees did not play football until high school and was on the flag football team at St. Andrews Episcopal School, where his teammates included actor Benjamin McKenzie. In high school, he was a varsity letterman in baseball, basketball and football and was considering playing college baseball rather than football, College recruiters quickly ran after Brees blew out his knee in the 11th grade. As a high school player, Brees completed 314 of 490 passes for 5,461 yards with 50 touchdowns including. Westlake went 28–0–1 when Brees started for two seasons and beat a Dominic Rhodes-led Abilene Cooper 55–15 in the 1996 title game, Brees was given honorable mention in the state high school all-star football team and the USA Today All-USA high school football team. Brees only received offers from Purdue and Kentucky, ultimately choosing the former due to its highly rated academics and he graduated in 2001 with a degree in industrial management, and is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He had the option to make available for the 2000 NFL Draft
3. Len Dawson – Leonard Ray Dawson is a former American football quarterback and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played 19 seasons for three teams, the last 14 seasons with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs, and played college football at Purdue University. Dawson led the Texans/Chiefs to three American Football League Championships, and a victory in Super Bowl IV, for which he won the games MVP award, Dawson retired from professional football after the 1975 season, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987. He is sports director at KMBC-TV in Kansas City and color analyst for the Chiefs Radio Network, Dawson was the ninth of 11 children of Ohio native James and England-born Annie Dawson. He attended Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio and he was MVP of the football team and was named outstanding Ohio back of the year by the International News Service. A three-sport athlete, Dawson set school records in football and in basketball, during the recruiting process, Dawson had to choose between Ohio State University in Columbus and Purdue University in Indiana. During three seasons with the Boilermakers, Dawson threw for over 3,000 yards, leading the Big Ten Conference in that category during each campaign, while at Purdue, Dawson was initiated into the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. As a sophomore in 1954, Dawson put together an outstanding first season as the NCAAs leader in pass efficiency, while playing defense. Despite his status as a first round pick in the 1957 NFL draft, following his rookie campaign, his status in the Steel City became even more tenuous when the Steelers acquired future Hall of Famer Bobby Layne early in the 1958 season. Failing to dislodge the colorful signal caller, Dawson was then traded after the 1959 season to the Cleveland Browns on December 31. After encountering similar problems in battling Browns quarterback Milt Plum, Dawson was released, having completed only 21 passes for 204 yards, however, he soon found his calling when he signed with the American Football Leagues Dallas Texans on June 30,1962. The move reunited him with Stram, who was beginning his third year as the Texans head coach, in that first season,1962, Dawson led the league in touchdowns and yards per attempt, and was The Sporting News selection as the AFL MVP. He also led Dallas to the first of three titles in a thrilling double-overtime victory over the two-time defending champion Oilers in Houston. Dawson ran an offense in the 20-17 win, and tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to halfback Abner Haynes. The team then moved north to Kansas City and were renamed The Chiefs in 1963, Dawson was also selected by his peers as a Sporting News 1966 AFL All-League player. A pinpoint passer, Dawsons mobility helped him flourish in Strams moving pocket offense and he would win four AFL passing titles and was selected as a league All-Star six times, ending the 10-year run of the league as its highest-rated career passer. From 1962 to 1969, Dawson threw more passes than any other professional football quarterback during that time. The NFL champion Green Bay Packers won easily, 35-10, but Dawson had a good performance in the game, completing 16 of 27 passes for 210 yards
4. Joe Flacco – Joseph Vincent Flacco is an American football quarterback who plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He played college football at Delaware after transferring from Pittsburgh, and was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In his rookie year, Flacco started every game and led the Ravens to two wins in the 2008–09 NFL Playoffs, becoming the first rookie quarterback in league history to win two road playoff games. As a rookie starting quarterback, he won 13 games,11 during the regular season and he is the only quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons. With Flacco as Baltimores starting quarterback, the Ravens have won the AFC North twice, Flacco was named Super Bowl XLVIIs MVP, concluding a postseason run in which he tied Joe Montanas single postseason record for touchdown passes without an interception. That offseason, Flacco signed a contract worth $120.6 million. Flacco is known for having one of the strongest arms in the NFL, Flacco was born in Audubon, New Jersey, the son of Karen and Steve Flacco. Flacco played football, baseball, and basketball at Audubon High School and was the quarterback for the Green Wave. The Flacco family is originally from Haddon Township, New Jersey, regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals. com, Flacco was listed as No.39 among quarterback prospects in the class of 2003. In 2003, as part of the Pittsburgh Panthers football team, in 2004, he was the backup quarterback finding limited playing time behind starter Tyler Palko. He only saw action in three games against Ohio University, University of Nebraska, and the University of South Florida and he finished the season with one completion for 11 yards. Flacco saw his first full-time action during the 2006 season, playing for Fightin Blue Hens Flacco threw for 2,783 yards, and 18 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Delaware struggled to a 5–6 record, and failed to qualify for the FCS playoffs, in the 2007 season, Flacco led his team to an 8–3 regular season record while compiling 4,263 yards,23 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He was considered one of footballs most accurate passers in 2007. Arguably his best game came against Division 1-A Navy where he threw for 434 yards, Flacco showed another solid performance in the first-ever meeting against the Delaware State Hornets in the first round of the playoffs. Behind Omar Cuffs record-setting day, Flacco threw efficiently for 189 yards, Flacco continued Delawares playoff run by upsetting the Northern Iowa Panthers 39–27 in the FCS quarterfinals and upsetting the Southern Illinois Salukis 20–17 the next weekend in the semifinals. Flacco threw two touchdowns to win against both the Panthers and Salukis, but went on to lose in the game to the Appalachian State Mountaineers 49–21. Flacco set 20 school records during his career at Delaware, in early September 2009, a 20- by 30-foot poster of Flacco was added to the facade of Delaware Stadium
5. Nick Foles – Nicholas Edward Foles is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He played college football at Arizona, and was drafted by the Eagles in the round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has also played for the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, Foles played his first game with the Eagles in Week 10 of the 2012 season after Michael Vick left with an injury. Foles then made his first start the following week and it was the 60th time in NFL history that a perfect passer rating was achieved overall. The son of Larry and Melissa Foles, restaurateurs, Foles was born and raised in Austin and he graduated in 2007 from Westlake High School, the alma mater of star NFL quarterback Drew Brees. Foles also excelled at basketball, where he started three years, twice received team MVP honors, and was recruited by Georgetown, Baylor and he ultimately transferred to the University of Arizona. After attending Michigan State for a year, Foles transferred to Arizona and had to redshirt his 2008 freshman season, after Willie Tuitama graduated, Foles entered a quarterback competition with expected successor Matt Scott. After spring practice Scott was given the role when the coaches felt that being a dual threat quarterback would open up the offense. Despite victories against Central Michigan and Northern Arizona, Scott struggled against Iowa, in Corvallis, Foles led the Wildcats to a victory against Oregon State. Foles continued to start for the rest of the year, completing 260 of 409 pass attempts for 2486 yards,19 touchdowns, as a redshirt junior in 2010, Foles was the unquestioned starter. Foles led the Wildcats to a 7–1 start which included a victory against #9 Iowa on national television, Foles led the game-winning drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Bug Wright. Against Washington State, Foles suffered an injury that kept him sidelined for two weeks. Foles finished off his year with 3,191 yards,20 touchdowns. During the 2011 season, Foles completed 387 of 560 passes for 4,334 yards and 28 touchdowns and he ranked first in the Pac-12 Conference and fifth among all NCAA Division I FBS players with an average of 352.58 yards of total offense per game. He also ranked second in the Pac-12 and 20th among all FBS players in passing yardage. Foles graduated from Arizona with a degree in communication, Foles was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He signed a contract with the team on May 21,2012. Despite speculation that Foles would start the Eagles Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints on November 5, the following week against the division rival Dallas Cowboys, after Vick left the game in the second quarter with concussion symptoms, Foles made his NFL debut
6. Eli Manning – Elisha Nelson Manning is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Mississippi and he is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning holds Giants franchise records for most passing yards, touchdown passes, and completed passes in a career, and he led the Giants to victory in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, defeating the New England Patriots in both games. Manning was named Most Valuable Player in each Super Bowl, becoming one of five players to have multiple Super Bowl MVP awards, Manning is the active iron man for consecutive starts by a quarterback. Manning is one of four quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 45,000 career yards,300 touchdowns, four Pro Bowl appearances and he is the eighth all-time leader in passing yards, and seventh in passing touchdowns. Though lacking the consistent statistical prowess of his brother, Manning is known for his performances both in the clutch and in the postseason. During his years with the Rebels at Ole Miss, Manning set or tied 45 single-game, season and his career numbers include 10,119 passing yards,81 touchdown passes, and a passer rating of 137.7. He led the Rebels to a 10-3 record and a 31-28 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys in 2003 and he was invited to play in the 2004 Senior Bowl, but chose not to play. Manning graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in marketing, with Manning being the most coveted player in the draft, it appeared that the Chargers intentions were to draft him first overall. However, Manning stated publicly that he would refuse to play for the Chargers if drafted by them and he signed a six-year US$45 million contract with the New York Giants. Manning was one of four quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft along with Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Manning, Roethlisberger, and Rivers have all been voted to the Pro Bowl since becoming starters. Until 2013, Roethlisberger and Manning had not produced a season with a losing record and they have been compared favorably to the Quarterback class of 1983, which included Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino, John Elway, and Jim Kelly. Manning made his first career regular season start against the Atlanta Falcons at Giants Stadium on November 21,2004, following 2004, Warner left the Giants, and Eli was named the starter for 2005. Manning led the Giants to a 2-0 record with victories against the Cardinals and Saints, San Diego defeated the Giants, 45-23, but Eli displayed what may have been his most impressive performance of his young career, going 24-41 for 352 yards and two touchdowns. Following his performance at San Diego, Manning returned home to throw for almost 300 yards, two games later, he led a last-minute drive against the Denver Broncos to secure a 24-23 victory for the Giants. The drive culminated in a touchdown to Amani Toomer with five seconds remaining. Two weeks later, Manning overcame a weak first half at San Francisco to help his team secure their first official road victory of the season, 24–6. Manning finished among the top five quarterbacks in passing yards and touchdown passes, while leading an offense that finished third in the NFL in scoring with a total of 422 points
7. Peyton Manning – Peyton Williams Manning is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Indianapolis Colts. Considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Manning played college football for the University of Tennessee, leading the Tennessee Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship in his senior season. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning. Manning was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, from 1998 to 2010, he improved the fortunes of the struggling Colts franchise and helped transform them into playoff contenders. After undergoing neck surgery forced him to miss the entire 2011 season, Manning was released by the Colts. Manning holds many NFL records, including passing yards, touchdown passes, AP MVP awards, Pro Bowl appearances, at 39 years of age, Manning is the oldest quarterback to start in and win a Super Bowl. Manning is also the quarterback in NFL history to make the Super Bowl four times with four different head coaches. Teams led by Manning typically utilized the offense in place of the standard huddle. Manning attended Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and he was named Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player-of-the-Year and Columbus Touchdown Club National Offensive Player-of-the-Year in 1993. While at Newman he began wearing the number 18 in honor of his older brother Cooper, younger brother Eli also wore the number when he became starting quarterback. Newman has since retired the number 18 jersey and it can be hanging in the school gym. Manning chose to play football for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Some were surprised that he did not pick the Ole Miss Rebels and he became Tennessees all-time leading passer with 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns and won 39 of 45 games as a starter, breaking the Southeastern Conference record for career wins. As a freshman, Manning began the season as the third-string quarterback, in the season opener against UCLA, Manning was one of three quarterbacks to come off the bench after starter Jerry Colquitt suffered a season-ending injury on the seventh play of the game. However, Manning was not able to generate any offense and was pulled from the game, during the seasons fourth game, against Mississippi State, starter Todd Helton got injured and Manning took over. The Vols lost 24–21, but Manning was named the teams starter, in his first start, the following week against Washington State, the Vols won 10–9. They won all but one of their games, finishing the season 8–4 with a 45–23 victory over Virginia Tech in the 1994 Gator Bowl. Manning and the Vols started off the 1995 season with victories over East Carolina and Georgia, against Florida, he threw for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns, leading the Vols to a 30–21 halftime lead
8. Von Miller – Vonnie BVsean Miller Jr. is an American football outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. Miller played college football at Texas A&M, where he earned consensus All-American honors and was awarded the Butkus Award as the most outstanding linebacker in the nation. He was drafted by the Broncos second overall in the 2011 NFL Draft and he is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, receiving first-team All-Pro honors as a rookie. At the conclusion of the 2015 NFL season, Miller was named Super Bowl MVP after the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, following his Super Bowl victory, he appeared on season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. Miller attended DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas, where he played for the DeSoto Eagles high school football team, in his junior year, he recorded 37 tackles,14 tackles for loss,7 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. As a senior, he was named the District 8-5A Defensive MVP after making 76 tackles,14 tackles for loss and 6 sacks and he played with future Aggie teammate Cyrus Gray. In track & field, Miller competed in such as the 110m hurdles, triple jump. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals. com, Miller was listed as the No.15 weakside defensive end in the nation in 2007 and he chose Texas A&M over offers from Florida, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. Miller attended Texas A&M University, where he played for the Texas A&M Aggies football team from 2007 to 2010, as a freshman at defensive end in 2007, he was named Freshman All-Big 12 by The Sporting News after posting 22 tackles, including 10 solo stops. He recorded two sacks, four tackles for loss, and a forced fumble and he played in a 4-2-5 defense. He weighed 220 pounds during his freshman year, in Spring 2008, newly hired head coach Mike Sherman was discouraged by Millers habits of skipping class and failing to produce during practice. Sherman decided to suspend Miller for that spring, disappointed, Miller considered transferring, but upon his fathers insistence, stayed. Miller then adopted a serious attitude. As a sophomore in 2008, Miller played at weakside linebacker under Joe Kiness 4–3 defense and he saw action in all 12 games, making 44 tackles, including 25 solo stops, and leading the team with 3.5 sacks. He made 7.5 tackles for loss, forced a pair of fumbles and his role was more confined to pass coverage, as opposed to rushing the quarterback, thus he wasnt able to showcase his pass-rushing abilities. In the final seven Big 12 games, he compiled just eight tackles, as a junior in 2009, Miller adopted the role of the jack position, a defensive end/linebacker hybrid, which allowed him to utilize his pass rushing abilities. He enjoyed a season for the Aggies, leading the nation in sacks with 17. For his efforts, Von Miller was named first team All Big-12 at defensive end and was named a first-team All-American by Sporting News and he became the first Aggie to be named a first team All-American since Jason Webster in 1999
9. Joe Namath – Joseph William Namath, nicknamed Broadway Joe and Joe Willie, is a former American football quarterback and actor. Namath was an AFL icon and played for that leagues New York Jets for most of his football career. He finished his career with the Los Angeles Rams and he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. Statistics belie Namaths enduring influence on the game of professional football and he retired after playing 143 games over 13 years in the AFL and NFL, including playoffs. Due mainly to chronic injuries that undermined his career at its peak, his record is 68 wins,71 losses, and four ties, 64–64–4 in 132 starts. He completed 1,886 passes for 27,663 yards, threw 173 touchdowns and he played for three division champions, earned one league championship, and one Super Bowl victory. In 1999, he was ranked number 96 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, in his 1975 autobiography, Alabama head coach Bryant called Namath the most natural athlete he had ever coached. Namath is known for boldly guaranteeing a Jets victory over Don Shulas NFL Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, already a celebrity, he was now established as a sports icon. He remained a recognizable figure in the media and sports worlds nearly half a century after his brashness cemented his identity in the public mind. Namath was born and raised in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania,30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh and he is the son of Rose and János John Andrew Namath, a steelworker. While growing up, Namath was close to both of his parents, who eventually divorced, following his parents divorce, he lived with his mother. He was the youngest of four sons, with an adopted sister. Namath excelled in all sports at Beaver Falls High School and was a quarterback in football, guard in basketball. In an age when dunks were uncommon in high school basketball, coached by Larry Bruno at Beaver Falls, Namaths football team won the WPIAL Class AA championship with a 9–0 record in 1960. Coach Bruno later was his presenter to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, upon graduation from high school in 1961, he received offers from several Major League Baseball teams, including the Yankees, Indians, Reds, Pirates, and Phillies, but football prevailed. Namath graduated from college at age 64 in 2007, after he returned to the University of Alabama about forty years after leaving early to pursue a professional football. He successfully finished a 30-hour external program bachelor of degree in interdisciplinary studies. He was rejected by Maryland because his college-board scores were just below the schools requirements, after ample recruiting by Bryant, Namath accepted a full scholarship to attend Alabama
10. Aaron Rodgers – Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Rodgers played college football for California, where he set career passing records, including lowest single-season. He was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Packers and he was named Associated Press Athlete of the Year in 2011, as well as being voted league MVP by the Associated Press for the 2011 and 2014 NFL seasons. Rodgers is the NFLs all-time career leader in passer rating during the season with a rating of 104.1. He also holds the leagues lowest career passing interception percentage for quarterbacks during the season at 1.5 percent. Aaron Charles Rodgers was born in Chico, California, the son of Darla Leigh, aarons father is a Texas-born chiropractor who played football as an offensive lineman for the Chico State Wildcats from 1973 to 1976. His ancestry includes English, Irish and German, the family moved to Ukiah, California, where Aaron attended Oak Manor Elementary School. Edward Rodgers tossed a football with his sons Luke, Aaron and Jordan, Aaron took this advice to heart. At the age of ten, he was featured on the front page of the Ukiah Daily Journal for his top performance at a local basketball free throw competition. The Rodgers family returned to Chico in 1997, and Aaron attended Pleasant Valley High School and he set single-game records of six touchdowns and 440 all-purpose yards. Rodgers set a school record with 2,466 total yards in 2001. He graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in spring 2002, despite his record-setting statistics, Rodgers attracted little interest from Division I programs. He garnered only an offer to compete for a scholarship as a walk-on from Illinois and he declined the invitation, and considered quitting football to study for law school. He was then recruited to play football at Butte College in Oroville, Rodgers threw 26 touchdowns in his freshman season, leading Butte to a 10–1 record, the NorCal Conference championship, and a No.2 national ranking. While there, he was discovered by the California Golden Bearss head coach Jeff Tedford, Tedford was surprised to learn that Rodgers had not been recruited earlier. Because of Rodgerss good high school record, he was eligible to transfer after one year of junior college instead of the typical two. As a junior college transfer, Rodgers had three years of eligibility at Cal and he was named the starting quarterback in the fifth game of the 2003 season, against the only team that offered him a Division I opportunity out of high school, Illinois. As a sophomore, he helped lead the Golden Bears to a 7–3 record as a starter, in his second career start, Rodgers led the team to a 21–7 halftime lead against USC before being replaced in the second half by Reggie Robertson due to injury
11. Lynn Swann – In 2006, he was the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor. During his football career, he was a receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. Swann played college football at USC, where he was a consensus All-American and he was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 1974 NFL draft. With the Steelers, Swann won four Super Bowls, was selected to three Pro Bowls, and was named MVP of Super Bowl X and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Swann was born in Alcoa, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains near Knoxville, the Swann family moved to San Mateo, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area when Lynn was 2. As a youth, Swann was raised in neighboring Foster City and attended Junípero Serra High School, at the 1970 CIF California State championship meet, Swann won the state title, defeating future Olympic gold medalist Randy Williams. On June 10,1979, during the summer after winning Super Bowl XIII, Swann married Bernadette Robi, the pair divorced in 1983, and she is currently married to boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard. On June 23,1991, Swann married Charena, a psychologist, Swann attended the University of Southern California, where he was an All-American on the Trojans football team. He played under coach John McKay, including the 1972 undefeated, McKay said of Swann, He has speed, soft hands, and grace. He completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in public relations in 1974, in 1993, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1971, Swann had 27 catches for 305 yards and two touchdowns and he led USC in catches and finished second to WR Edesel Garrison in receiving yards. In 1972, Swann rushed for 117 yards and had 27 catches for 543 yards and this time, he led USC in receiving yards and finished second to tight end Charle Young in catches. In 1973, Swann rushed for 99 yards while catching 42 passes for 714 yards, Swann was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 21st pick of the first round in the 1974 NFL Draft. The Steelers draft class of 74 is considered one of the best in NFL history and included four eventual Hall of Famers, Swann, John Stallworth, Mike Webster, Swann spent his entire NFL career with the Steelers and wore the jersey number 88. As a rookie, he led the NFL with 577 punt-return yards, a franchise record and he went on to win a championship ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl IX but did not record any receptions in the tough defensive struggle. However, he returned three punts for 34 yards, the following season became the highlight of Swanns career. He caught 49 passes for 781 yards and a league-leading 11 touchdowns, in the AFC title game against the Oakland Raiders, George Atkinson knocked Swann out of the game with a very hard but legal hit. Swann was unique among football players in that he credited his experiences in earlier in life with contributing to his aptitude on the football field