In case you haven’t heard, the 50th Super Bowl will take place this year. And since that’s a milestone number, the NFL is whipping out all kinds of pomp and circumstance.
Such as this right here — the Super Bowl Golden Team.
It’s basically the top Super Bowl performers at each position from the first 49 years of the game. It includes three Green Bay Packers and you should be able to guess one of them right off the top of your head.
That right there was part of the greatest special teams performance in Super Bowl history.
Desmond Howard returned four kickoffs for 154 yards and six punts for 90 yards on his way to become the only special teamer to ever win a Super Bowl MVP.
That was obviously a no-brainer.
The other two Packers are defensive end Reggie White, who had three sacks in that same game, and tackle Forrest Gregg, who played on the Packers’ first two Super Bowl teams.
The team was chosen by Hall of Fame voters.
Here’s the full squad.
Joe Montana, QB; Jay Novacek, TE; Emmitt Smith, Franco Harris, RB; Lynn Swann, Jerry Rice, WR; Mike Webster, C; Art Shell, Forrest Gregg, T; Gene Upshaw, Larry Allen, G.
Reggie White. Charles Haley, DE; Joe Greene, Randy White, DT; Lawrence Taylor, Jack Ham, OLB; Ray Lewis, Jack Lambert, ILB; Mel Blount, Deion Sanders, CB; Ronnie Lott, Jake Scott, S.
Adam Vinatieri, PK; Ray Guy, P; Desmond Howard, KR.
I actually thought they would put Devin Hester in that spot because the media loves that guy
Howard still owns NFL record of the most punt return yards in a season. And he bailed out Favre in Super Bowl 31.
suit those guys up and they would still probably play harder than today’s pro bowl.
All Packers references to Forrest Gregg should be expunged from the historical record.
The train wreck he engineered as head coach of the Packers negates anything he might have done as a player.
The man Lombardi referred to as “the finest player I’ve ever coached”; a man who helped the Packers win 5 titles? Sure the teams he coached were some of the shittiest in Packer History, but so were Starr’s (yeah, yeah, he wasn’t given a proper chance). Bit harsh.